Fort Kent, ME has thirty-eight cooking schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Boston University, the highest ranked school in this group with a cooking program, has a total student population of 31,960. It is the 32nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 5th highest in the state of Massachusetts (#1 is Harvard University).
Cooking students from Fort Kent schools who go on to become chefs, cooks, sous chefs, line cooks, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 94,300 people working as chefs and head cooks alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $44,240. Also, Cooks, private household make on average $27,720 per year and there are about 770 of them employed in the US today.
Fort Kent lies in Aroostook county, which is one of the 9 counties in Maine. Overall, the Northeast Maine nonmetropolitan area has 75,310 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.3% unemployment rate, $16.45/hr average worker wage, and a $34,220 average annual salary.
Of the 38 cooking schools with a 500-mile radius of Fort Kent, only 5 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts comes out as the most expensive ($44,097/yr) for cooking students, with Massasoit Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,610/yr.
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