Great Bend, KS has one furniture design school within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Wichita Area Technical College has a total student population of 2,116. It is the 3133rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 42nd highest in the state of Kansas (#1 is Southwestern College).
Furniture Design students from Great Bend schools who go on to become furniture makers, craftsmen, furniture designers, furniture upholsterers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 29,170 people working as commercial and industrial designers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $61,400. Also, Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers make on average $29,010 per year and there are about 14,220 of them employed in the US today.
Great Bend lies in Barton county, which is one of the 67 counties in Kansas. Overall, the Kansas nonmetropolitan area has 444,090 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $15.63/hr average worker wage, and a $32,500 average annual salary.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Wichita Area Technical College ends up costing a student $22,197/yr.