Midwest City, OK (population: 57,117) has five catering schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Tulsa Technology Center-Lemley Campus, the highest ranked school in this group with a catering program, has a total student population of 1,393. It is the 1349th highest ranked school in the USA and the 21st highest in the state of Oklahoma (#1 is Oklahoma City University).
Catering students from Midwest 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 Oklahoma City area alone, there are 150 employed meeting and convention planners earning an average salary of $33,960. Food preparation and serving related employees in this area earn $18,330/yr and there are 49,170 employed.
Midwest City lies in Oklahoma county, which is one of the 41 counties in Oklahoma. Overall, the Oklahoma City area has 564,710 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.5% unemployment rate, $18.31/hr average worker wage, and a $38,090 average annual salary. Thus, about 87.068 out of every 1000 jobs in Midwest City are held by food preparation and serving related employees, and 0.265/1000 are held by meeting and convention planners.
Of the 5 catering schools with a 100-mile radius of Midwest City, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Autry Technology Center comes out as the most expensive ($16,140/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 Midwest City|
|Oklahoma City||OK||564,147||19||18.6276||473||7.9 miles|
|El Reno||OK||-||2||15.8225||75||33.3 miles|
|Ponca City||OK||-||2||30.535||26||87.7 miles|