Poughkeepsie, NY has nine 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 Poughkeepsie 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. In fact, in the Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown area alone, there are 130 employed meeting and convention planners earning an average salary of $48,510. Food preparation and serving related employees in this area earn $23,260/yr and there are 18,480 employed.
Poughkeepsie lies in Dutchess county, which is one of the 28 counties in New York. Overall, the Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown area has 245,880 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.2% unemployment rate, $21.87/hr average worker wage, and a $45,480 average annual salary. Thus, about 75.176 out of every 1000 jobs in Poughkeepsie are held by food preparation and serving related employees, and 0.535/1000 are held by meeting and convention planners.
Of the 9 catering schools with a 100-mile radius of Poughkeepsie, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of New York City comes out as the most expensive ($33,682/yr) for catering students, with Raritan Valley Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,843/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Poughkeepsie|
|Hyde Park||NY||-||1||37.5099||6||6.3 miles|
|New Paltz||NY||-||1||36.3278||86||9.2 miles|
|West Point||NY||-||1||80.8664||76||21.4 miles|
|White Plains||NY||57,617||2||21.3371||15||47.8 miles|
|New Rochelle||NY||74,592||3||35.7163||149||54.5 miles|
|Mount Vernon||NY||68,747||8||36.4632||259||54.9 miles|
|West Paterson||NJ||-||1||20.7455||20||57.8 miles|
|New Haven||CT||123,302||4||21.032||186||58.5 miles|
|North Haven||CT||-||1||35.1029||2||59.0 miles|