Topeka, KS (population: 124,629) has two vocational schools within its city limits. Kaw Area Technical School, the highest ranked school in the city with a vocational program, has a total student population of 676. It is the 781st highest ranked school in the USA and the 8th highest in the state of Kansas (#1 is Southwestern College).
Vocational students from Topeka schools who go on to become vocational educators, event planners, landscape architects, landscape designers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 114,420 people working as vocational education teachers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $52,030. Also, Middle school teachers make on average $53,550 per year and there are about 665,420 of them employed in the US today.
Topeka lies in Shawnee county, which is one of the 67 counties in Kansas. Overall, the Topeka area has 109,660 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.3% unemployment rate, $18.37/hr average worker wage, and a $38,200 average annual salary.
Of the 2 vocational schools in Topeka, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Washburn University comes out as the most expensive ($13,676/yr) for vocational students, with Kaw Area Technical School as the lowest, reported at only $11,600/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Topeka|
|North Kansas City||MO||-||1||17.668||0||60.9 miles|
|Kansas City||MO||454,520||32||15.0915||547||61.5 miles|
|Saint Joseph||MO||76,371||4||37.3685||160||68.1 miles|
|Lees Summit||MO||-||1||10.817||19||70.8 miles|
|Blue Springs||MO||57,147||1||22.3674||5||76.3 miles|
|Fort Scott||KS||-||1||19.5238||38||98.6 miles|