Norfolk, VA (population: 234,477) has one catering school within its city limits. Tidewater Community College has a total student population of 30,447. It is the 5121st highest ranked school in the USA and the 105th highest in the state of Virginia (#1 is Washington and Lee University).
Catering students from Norfolk 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 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area alone, there are 330 employed meeting and convention planners earning an average salary of $45,140. Food preparation and serving related employees in this area earn $20,200/yr and there are 70,270 employed.
Norfolk lies in Norfolk county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area has 735,390 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $19.28/hr average worker wage, and a $40,100 average annual salary. Thus, about 95.557 out of every 1000 jobs in Norfolk are held by food preparation and serving related employees, and 0.455/1000 are held by meeting and convention planners.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Tidewater Community College ends up costing a student $4,175/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Norfolk|
|Virginia Beach||VA||439,564||9||17.32||116||16.7 miles|
|Newport News||VA||182,057||4||29.3064||58||18.6 miles|
|Highland Springs||VA||-||1||3.25189||0||73.9 miles|