Decatur has a general population of 81,860 and an overall student population of 5,988. Approximately 3,595 of Decatur's students are enrolled in schools that offer culinary programs.
Richland Community College is the largest culinary school in Decatur, based on student population. Approximately 28 students graduated in 2010 from Richland Community College with credentials in culinary.
In 2010, 32 students graduated with a culinary certificate in Decatur. If you decide to join their ranks, you can expect to pay an average of $2,510 per year in tuition costs.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $1,200 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a culinary program in Decatur.
Many culinary graduates choose to work as chefs after graduation. If you choose to follow that path and remain in Decatur, your job prospects are good. In 2010, of the 27,670 chefs in Illinois, 450 were working in the greater Decatur area. The government projects that the number of chefs in Decatur will increase by 14% by the year 2018. This anticipated change is faster than the projected nationwide trend for chefs.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a chef in Decatur is $18,930 per year, which is lower than the average for chefs state-wide.