Fayetteville, NC (population: 177,632) has four catering schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. South Piedmont Community College, the highest ranked school in this group with a catering program, has a total student population of 2,736. It is the 5311th highest ranked school in the USA and the 116th highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Catering students from Fayetteville 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.
Fayetteville lies in Cumberland county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Fayetteville area has 126,070 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.0% unemployment rate, $16.90/hr average worker wage, and a $35,150 average annual salary.
Of the 4 catering schools with a 100-mile radius of Fayetteville, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham comes out as the most expensive ($28,276/yr) for catering students, with Nash Community College as the lowest, reported at only $481/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Fayetteville|
|Chapel Hill||NC||53,800||1||88.0971||148||60.0 miles|
|Rocky Mount||NC||57,428||2||10.9274||84||86.9 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||88.3 miles|
|Myrtle Beach||SC||-||3||18.832||7||95.5 miles|