Weatherford, OK has four catering schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Autry Technology Center, the highest ranked school in this group with a catering program, has a total student population of 587. It is the 1869th highest ranked school in the USA and the 41st highest in the state of Oklahoma (#1 is Oklahoma City University).
Catering students from Weatherford 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.
Weatherford lies in Custer county, which is one of the 41 counties in Oklahoma. Overall, the Southwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area has 65,450 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.9% unemployment rate, $15.76/hr average worker wage, and a $32,770 average annual salary.
Of the 4 catering schools with a 100-mile radius of Weatherford, 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 Weatherford|
|El Reno||OK||-||2||15.8225||75||42.4 miles|
|Oklahoma City||OK||564,147||19||18.6276||473||67.6 miles|
|Midwest City||OK||57,117||2||17.3383||110||75.5 miles|