Niagara Falls, NY (population: 50,692) has one catering school within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Erie Community College has a total student population of 14,823. It is the 5079th highest ranked school in the USA and the 349th highest in the state of New York (#1 is Columbia University in the City of New York).
Catering students from Niagara Falls 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 Buffalo-Niagara Falls area alone, there are 150 employed meeting and convention planners earning an average salary of $40,640. Food preparation and serving related employees in this area earn $20,460/yr and there are 48,300 employed.
Niagara Falls lies in Niagara county, which is one of the 28 counties in New York. Overall, the Buffalo-Niagara Falls area has 534,300 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $19.69/hr average worker wage, and a $40,960 average annual salary. Thus, about 90.403 out of every 1000 jobs in Niagara Falls are held by food preparation and serving related employees, and 0.287/1000 are held by meeting and convention planners.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Erie Community College ends up costing a student $3,003/yr.
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