Covington, KY (population: 43,469) has three catering schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. The Art Institute of Ohio-Cincinnati, the highest ranked school in this group with a catering program, has a total student population of 725. It is the 3903rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 213th highest in the state of Ohio (#1 is Ohio State University-Main Campus).
Catering students from Covington 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 Cincinnati-Middletown-KY-IN area alone, there are 240 employed meeting and convention planners earning an average salary of $43,310. Food preparation and serving related employees in this area earn $20,340/yr and there are 91,730 employed.
Covington lies in Kenton county, which is one of the 55 counties in Kentucky. Overall, the Cincinnati-Middletown-KY-IN area has 994,930 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $20.35/hr average worker wage, and a $42,340 average annual salary. Thus, about 92.199 out of every 1000 jobs in Covington are held by food preparation and serving related employees, and 0.237/1000 are held by meeting and convention planners.
Of the 3 catering schools with a 100-mile radius of Covington, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of Ohio-Cincinnati comes out as the most expensive ($27,113/yr) for catering students, with College for Technical Education as the lowest, reported at only $6,070/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Covington|
|Crestview Hills||KY||-||1||24.073||65||4.1 miles|
|Saint Martin||OH||-||1||11.3716||2||35.2 miles|
|Yellow Springs||OH||-||2||0.482738||0||62.6 miles|
|Concord Twp||OH||-||1||37.8234||22||86.0 miles|
|New Boston||OH||-||1||21.3268||7||87.0 miles|
|New Albany||IN||-||1||50.4945||53||88.1 miles|