Visalia, CA (population: 127,444) has one fashion merchandising school within its city limits. College of the Sequoias has a total student population of 13,322. It is the 5165th highest ranked school in the USA and the 492nd highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Fashion Merchandising students from Visalia schools who go on to become fashion merchandisers, fashion designers, fashion models, fashion marketers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 61,280 people working as merchandise displayers and window trimmers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $28,480. Also, Commercial and industrial designers make on average $61,400 per year and there are about 29,170 of them employed in the US today.
Visalia lies in Tulare county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Visalia-Porterville area has 131,930 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 4% unemployment rate, $18/hr average worker wage, and a $37,760 average annual salary.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, College of the Sequoias ends up costing a student $3,978/yr.
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