Bridgeport, CT (population: 136,604) has six catering schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. The Art Institute of New York City, the highest ranked school in this group with a catering program, has a total student population of 1,329. It is the 3508th highest ranked school in the USA and the 247th highest in the state of New York (#1 is Columbia University in the City of New York).
Catering students from Bridgeport schools who go on to become caterers, professional caterers, food service managers, food service directors, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 11,218,260 people working as food preparation and serving related employees alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $20,880. Also, Meeting and convention planners make on average $48,060 per year and there are about 51,530 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk area alone, there are 300 employed meeting and convention planners earning an average salary of $59,720. Food preparation and serving related employees in this area earn $24,380/yr and there are 27,510 employed.
Bridgeport lies in Fairfield county, which is one of the 8 counties in Connecticut. Overall, the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk area has 418,180 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $28/hr average worker wage, and a $57,340 average annual salary. Thus, about 66 out of every 1000 jobs in Bridgeport are held by food preparation and serving related employees, and 1/1000 are held by meeting and convention planners.
Of the 6 catering schools with a 100-mile radius of Bridgeport, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of New York City comes out as the most expensive ($33,682/yr) for catering students, with Mercer County Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,403/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Bridgeport|
|New Haven||CT||123,302||4||21.032||186||16.8 miles|
|North Haven||CT||-||1||35.1029||2||22.5 miles|
|White Plains||NY||57,617||2||21.3371||15||31.5 miles|
|New Rochelle||NY||74,592||3||35.7163||149||35.6 miles|
|Mount Vernon||NY||68,747||8||36.4632||259||38.1 miles|
|Garden City||NY||-||5||29.9653||250||39.3 miles|