Valdosta, GA (population: 50,660) has three wedding planning schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Altamaha Technical College, the highest ranked school in this group with a wedding planning program, has a total student population of 1,551. It is the 3477th highest ranked school in the USA and the 72nd highest in the state of Georgia (#1 is Emory University).
Wedding Planning students from Valdosta schools who go on to become wedding planners, event planners, wedding consultants, bridal consultants, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 51,530 people working as meeting and convention planners alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $48,060. Also, Travel agents make on average $32,450 per year and there are about 76,990 of them employed in the US today.
Valdosta lies in Lowndes county, which is one of the 106 counties in Georgia. Overall, the Valdosta area has 53,240 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $15/hr average worker wage, and a $31,640 average annual salary.
Of the 3 wedding planning schools with a 100-mile radius of Valdosta, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Moultrie Technical College comes out as the most expensive ($7,884/yr) for wedding planning students, with Bainbridge College as the lowest, reported at only $2,087/yr.