Lawton, OK (population: 87,265) has two catering schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Francis Tuttle Technology Center, the highest ranked school in this group with a catering program, has a total student population of 1,993. It is the 5530th highest ranked school in the USA and the 127th highest in the state of Oklahoma (#1 is Oklahoma City University).
Catering students from Lawton 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.
Lawton lies in Comanche county, which is one of the 41 counties in Oklahoma. Overall, the Lawton area has 40,850 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.3% unemployment rate, $16.23/hr average worker wage, and a $33,750 average annual salary.
Of the 2 catering schools with a 100-mile radius of Lawton, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Francis Tuttle Technology Center comes out as the most expensive ($12,586/yr) for catering students, with Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City as the lowest, reported at only $5,899/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Lawton|
|Wichita Falls||TX||103,067||2||34.7529||101||48.8 miles|
|El Reno||OK||-||2||15.8225||75||69.7 miles|
|Oklahoma City||OK||564,147||19||18.6276||473||79.2 miles|
|Midwest City||OK||57,117||2||17.3383||110||84.1 miles|