Ithaca, NY has seven catering schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Keystone College, the highest ranked school in this group with a catering program, has a total student population of 1,691. It is the 647th highest ranked school in the USA and the 61st highest in the state of Pennsylvania (#1 is University of Pennsylvania).
Catering students from Ithaca 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.
Ithaca lies in Tompkins county, which is one of the 28 counties in New York. Overall, the Ithaca area has 50,190 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 5.4% unemployment rate, $21.50/hr average worker wage, and a $44,720 average annual salary.
Of the 7 catering schools with a 100-mile radius of Ithaca, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Keystone College comes out as the most expensive ($13,496/yr) for catering students, with Luzerne County Community College as the lowest, reported at only $5,635/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Ithaca|
|Painted Post||NY||-||1||33.1704||2||36.0 miles|
|Wilkes Barre||PA||-||4||40.1855||76||88.8 miles|