Kissimmee, Florida is a city with tons to offer both in terms of recreation and higher education. With a prime destination south of Orlando, the city is known for having an endless supply of sunshine and a family-friendly atmosphere. Meanwhile, those who visit the area can enjoy easy access to world class theme parks and recreational activities, options for eco-tourism, and fishing.
Because of the many educational options in the Kissimmee area, many residents are pursuing college degrees. During the 2014-15 school year there were 3,818 Kissimmee residents enrolled in graduate or college-level education.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there were three Kissimmee colleges and schools in 2014, with a total enrollment of 1,032. Because of the disparity between the number of students enrolled in Kissimmee schools and the number of Kissimmee residents enrolled in college during the 2014-15 school year, it's safe to assume that some Kissimmee residents commute to schools in nearby Orlando or elsewhere, or perhaps pursue their degrees online.
The Academy of Career Training is a barbering and beauty school aimed at preparing locals for careers in cosmetology. By giving a solid foundation in both creative and technical beauty and barbering skills, the school prepares students for industry careers in hair, makeup, and fashion. The current roster of programs includes courses in cosmetology, barbering, skin care, nail technology, body wrapping, hair braiding and massage therapy.
Nestled on a 40-acre campus in Kissimmee, Johnson University boasts an enrollment of 222 students and small class sizes with a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio. The school currently offers 15 bachelor's degree programs and 3 associate degree programs, with some of their most popular including degrees in business administration, intercultural studies, musical arts and biblical studies.
As the only public, adult technical center in Kissimmee, the Technical Education Center focuses on providing training that relates directly to local careers. As a school that offers technical diplomas, the Technical Education Center offers training in fields such as health science, criminal justice, culinary arts, and human services. Popular programs include nursing assistant, home health aide, licensed practical nursing, digital design, and network support services.
Kissimmee's targeted industries include aeronautical employers, clean technology, manufacturing, medical specialties, and higher education. Median household income in Kissimmee was $35,541 through 2013, and the median housing value came in at $114,400.
With 64,365 residents in 2014, Kissimmee made up only a small percentage of the state's total population. Many of Kissimmee's residents have earned a high school diploma or pursued some form of higher education, however. As of 2013, 81.1 percent of Kissimmee's adults ages 25-64 held at least a high school diploma while 14.8 percent held a bachelor's degree. 45 percent of the city's adults owned a home through 2013.
Kissimmee residents enjoy the best of both worlds -- access to Orlando's gaggle of world class parks and recreational opportunities, plus an impressive education system, a wide range of beautiful parks and outdoor areas, and a high standard of living. And with the beach just a few hours away in any direction, many would say Kissimmee is in an ideal location for both families and singles.
|School||Total Enrollment||Institution Level||Avg. In-State Tuition & Fees||Number of Programs Offered|
|Technical Education Center-Osceola||806||At least 2 but less than 4 years||N/A||31|
|Academy of Career Training||50||Less than 2 years (below associate)||N/A||6|
|Johnson University Florida||187||Four or more years||$14,920||13|
|Med-Life Institute-Kissimmee||306||At least 2 but less than 4 years||N/A||2|