Louisville, KY (population: 556,482) has two catering schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. College for Technical Education, the highest ranked school in this group with a catering program, has a total student population of 419. It is the 5036th highest ranked school in the USA and the 80th highest in the state of Kentucky (#1 is Centre College).
Catering students from Louisville 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 Louisville-Jefferson County-IN area alone, there are 140 employed meeting and convention planners earning an average salary of $41,870. Food preparation and serving related employees in this area earn $18,890/yr and there are 53,240 employed.
Louisville lies in Jefferson county, which is one of the 55 counties in Kentucky. Overall, the Louisville-Jefferson County-IN area has 593,940 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.7% unemployment rate, $19.22/hr average worker wage, and a $39,970 average annual salary. Thus, about 89.641 out of every 1000 jobs in Louisville are held by food preparation and serving related employees, and 0.235/1000 are held by meeting and convention planners.
Of the 2 catering schools with a 100-mile radius of Louisville, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College comes out as the most expensive ($11,026/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 Louisville|
|New Albany||IN||-||1||50.4945||53||6.4 miles|
|Saint Catharine||KY||-||1||13.7868||38||44.1 miles|
|Crestview Hills||KY||-||1||24.073||65||83.8 miles|
|Oakland City||IN||-||1||58.4328||69||87.5 miles|
|Bowling Green||KY||56,941||5||29.5084||365||94.6 miles|