Bluefield, VA has eight catering schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Fayette Institute of Technology, the highest ranked school in this group with a catering program, has a total student population of 30. It is the 1021st highest ranked school in the USA and the 21st highest in the state of West Virginia (#1 is Marshall University).
Catering students from Bluefield 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.
Bluefield lies in Tazewell county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Peoria area has 170,260 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $40,170 average annual salary.
Of the 8 catering schools with a 100-mile radius of Bluefield, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Southeast Culinary & Hospitality College comes out as the most expensive ($19,966/yr) for catering students, with Putnam Career and Technical Center as the lowest, reported at only $2,184/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Bluefield|
|Mount Gay||WV||-||1||9.61491||36||57.4 miles|
|Banner Elk||NC||-||1||22.4512||43||82.4 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||98.0 miles|