Plano, TX (population: 282,016) has two catering schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Kiamichi Technology Center-Durant, the highest ranked school in this group with a catering program, has a total student population of 72. It is the 1403rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 25th highest in the state of Oklahoma (#1 is Oklahoma City University).
Catering students from Plano 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 Dallas-Plano-Irving Metropolitan area alone, there are 860 employed meeting and convention planners earning an average salary of $47,490. Food preparation and serving related employees in this area earn $19,340/yr and there are 161,750 employed.
Plano lies in Dallas county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Dallas-Plano-Irving Metropolitan area has 2,047,600 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $22.17/hr average worker wage, and a $46,110 average annual salary. Thus, about 78.993 out of every 1000 jobs in Plano are held by food preparation and serving related employees, and 0.419/1000 are held by meeting and convention planners.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Kiamichi Technology Center-Durant comes out as the most expensive ($/yr) for catering students, with The Art Institute of Dallas as the lowest, reported at only $36,482/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Plano|
|Flower Mound||TX||72,721||0||-||0||19.8 miles|
|Grand Prairie||TX||167,767||3||23.6315||22||29.4 miles|
|North Richland Hills||TX||67,133||1||26.4697||12||30.3 miles|
|Forth Worth||TX||-||3||11.7915||4||40.0 miles|
|Fort Worth||TX||751,149||10||30.6263||324||40.1 miles|