Memphis, TN (population: 662,989) has one catering school within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Northeast Mississippi Community College has a total student population of 3,633. It is the 4429th highest ranked school in the USA and the 45th highest in the state of Mississippi (#1 is Creations College of Cosmetology).
Catering students from Memphis 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 Memphis-MS-AR area alone, there are 160 employed meeting and convention planners earning an average salary of $49,420. Food preparation and serving related employees in this area earn $19,630/yr and there are 49,160 employed.
Memphis lies in Shelby county, which is one of the 26 counties in Tennessee. Overall, the Memphis-MS-AR area has 605,630 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.2% unemployment rate, $18.93/hr average worker wage, and a $39,380 average annual salary. Thus, about 81.170 out of every 1000 jobs in Memphis are held by food preparation and serving related employees, and 0.262/1000 are held by meeting and convention planners.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Northeast Mississippi Community College ends up costing a student $6,099/yr.