Beckley, WV has three vocational schools within its city limits. Academy of Careers and Technology, the highest ranked school in the city with a vocational program, has a total student population of 261. It is the 2216th highest ranked school in the USA and the 32nd highest in the state of West Virginia (#1 is Marshall University).
Vocational students from Beckley 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.
Beckley lies in Raleigh county, which is one of the 16 counties in West Virginia. Overall, the Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area has 131,050 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.5% unemployment rate, $15.85/hr average worker wage, and a $32,960 average annual salary.
Of the 3 vocational schools in Beckley, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Mountain State University comes out as the most expensive ($7,372/yr) for vocational students, with New River Community and Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $5,439/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Beckley|
|Mount Gay||WV||-||1||9.61491||36||45.1 miles|
|Rio Grande||OH||-||3||18.3873||146||99.9 miles|