Iowa City, IA (population: 69,842) has one catering school within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Kirkwood Community College has a total student population of 17,841. It is the 4708th highest ranked school in the USA and the 78th highest in the state of Iowa (#1 is Luther College).
Catering students from Iowa City 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.
Iowa City lies in Johnson county, which is one of the 52 counties in Iowa. Overall, the Iowa City area has 83,280 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 3% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $40,390 average annual salary.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Kirkwood Community College ends up costing a student $11,037/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Iowa City|
|Cedar Rapids||IA||130,349||7||32.4429||236||22.5 miles|
|Rock Island||IL||-||2||34.7008||66||50.8 miles|
|West Burlington||IA||-||1||15.5796||40||61.1 miles|
|Cedar Falls||IA||-||3||27.7287||174||75.7 miles|