Kansas City, MO (population: 454,520) has four catering schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Kaw Area Technical School, the highest ranked school in this group with a catering program, has a total student population of 676. It is the 781st highest ranked school in the USA and the 8th highest in the state of Kansas (#1 is Southwestern College).
Catering students from Kansas 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. In fact, in the Kansas City-KS area alone, there are 410 employed meeting and convention planners earning an average salary of $46,580. Food preparation and serving related employees in this area earn $20,510/yr and there are 84,650 employed.
Kansas City lies in Jackson county, which is one of the 39 counties in Missouri. Overall, the Kansas City-KS area has 988,100 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.8% unemployment rate, $20.79/hr average worker wage, and a $43,240 average annual salary. Thus, about 85.672 out of every 1000 jobs in Kansas City are held by food preparation and serving related employees, and 0.419/1000 are held by meeting and convention planners.
Of the 4 catering schools with a 100-mile radius of Kansas City, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Kaw Area Technical School comes out as the most expensive ($11,600/yr) for catering students, with Nevada Regional Technical Center as the lowest, reported at only $8,484/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Kansas City|
|North Kansas City||MO||-||1||17.668||0||1.0 miles|
|Blue Springs||MO||57,147||1||22.3674||5||16.6 miles|
|Lees Summit||MO||-||1||10.817||19||16.7 miles|
|Saint Joseph||MO||76,371||4||37.3685||160||46.6 miles|
|Fort Scott||KS||-||1||19.5238||38||89.0 miles|