Gresham, OR (population: 104,562) has two catering schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Tillamook Bay Community College, the highest ranked school in this group with a catering program, has a total student population of 310. It is the 4852nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 54th highest in the state of Oregon (#1 is Reed College).
Catering students from Gresham 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 Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area alone, there are 370 employed meeting and convention planners earning an average salary of $43,820. Food preparation and serving related employees in this area earn $23,080/yr and there are 84,580 employed.
Gresham lies in Multnomah county, which is one of the 16 counties in Oregon. Overall, the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area has 993,470 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $22.15/hr average worker wage, and a $46,080 average annual salary. Thus, about 85.132 out of every 1000 jobs in Gresham are held by food preparation and serving related employees, and 0.377/1000 are held by meeting and convention planners.
Of the 2 catering schools with a 100-mile radius of Gresham, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Tillamook Bay Community College comes out as the most expensive ($6,864/yr) for catering students, with Portland Community College as the lowest, reported at only $6,829/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Gresham|
|Oregon City||OR||-||1||13.6089||75||12.8 miles|
|The Dalles||OR||-||1||11.3829||21||61.4 miles|