Catering requires creativity, culinary skill, and business and accounting skills in order to be successful. Individuals interested in attending a catering school or program can choose to attend a vocational or community college, or to attend a specialty hospitality college.
10 Schools for Catering
These schools offer catering programs that provide students with working experience and training.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition and Fees 2015-2016*|
|Academy of Careers and Technology||Beckley, WV||<2-year, Public||Certificate||$4,500|
|Athens Technical College||Athens, GA||2-year, Public||Certificate||$2,684 in-state, $4,820 out-of-state|
|Baker College of Muskegon||Muskegon, MI||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Associate's||$8,640 in-district|
|Clover Park Technical College||Lakewood, WA||4-year, Public||Associate's||$5,382 in-state, $12,855 out-of-state|
|Eastern Maine Community College||Bangor, ME||2-year, Public||Certificate||$3,810 in-state, $6,510 out-of-state|
|Emily Griffith Technical College||Denver, CO||<2-year, Public||Certificate||$8,197|
|Reading Area Community College||Reading, PA||2-year, Public||Associate's||$5,130 in-district, $8,850 in-state, $12,510 out-of-state|
|Southern University at Shreveport||Shreveport, LA||2-year, Public||Certificate||$3,987|
|Toledo Restaurant Training Center||Toledo, OH||<2-year, Private not-for-profit||Diploma||$5,750|
|Western Technical College||La Crosse, WI||2-year, Public||Certificate||$2,200|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
School or College Selection Criteria
Students may want to take the following into account when choosing a catering college:
- Students may want to consider whether they want to pursue a certificate program that will prepare them for the basics of a catering career, or an associate degree, which couples those same basics with the accounting and business practices necessary to the trade.
- Many programs (typically at the associate degree level), offer internships that can be an excellent source of hands-on training and experience.
- Schools located in popular tourist destinations may offer more internship opportunities, as they are typically located near attractions and hotels with a constant need for catering.
- Some programs may require students to have a health certificate or food worker card.
Students who are looking for a catering program should consider schools that offer internships for experience. Program options can range from diplomas to associate's degrees.