Raleigh, NC (population: 421,938) has three catering schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham, the highest ranked school in this group with a catering program, has a total student population of 359. It is the 5623rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 140th highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Catering students from Raleigh 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 Raleigh-Cary area alone, there are 140 employed meeting and convention planners earning an average salary of $43,170. Food preparation and serving related employees in this area earn $19,930/yr and there are 42,210 employed.
Raleigh lies in Wake county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Raleigh-Cary area has 499,330 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $20.85/hr average worker wage, and a $43,370 average annual salary. Thus, about 84.541 out of every 1000 jobs in Raleigh are held by food preparation and serving related employees, and 0.288/1000 are held by meeting and convention planners.
Of the 3 catering schools with a 100-mile radius of Raleigh, 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 Raleigh|
|Chapel Hill||NC||53,800||1||88.0971||148||22.6 miles|
|Rocky Mount||NC||57,428||2||10.9274||84||48.6 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||75.9 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||90.8 miles|