Schenectady, NY (population: 60,703) has four catering schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. SUNY College of Technology at Delhi, the highest ranked school in this group with a catering program, has a total student population of 3,183. It is the 3746th highest ranked school in the USA and the 260th highest in the state of New York (#1 is Columbia University in the City of New York).
Catering students from Schenectady 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 Albany-Schenectady-Troy area alone, there are 240 employed meeting and convention planners earning an average salary of $50,730. Food preparation and serving related employees in this area earn $22,210/yr and there are 30,270 employed.
Schenectady lies in Schenectady county, which is one of the 28 counties in New York. Overall, the Albany-Schenectady-Troy area has 434,590 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.1% unemployment rate, $21.78/hr average worker wage, and a $45,310 average annual salary. Thus, about 69.647 out of every 1000 jobs in Schenectady are held by food preparation and serving related employees, and 0.546/1000 are held by meeting and convention planners.
Of the 4 catering schools with a 100-mile radius of Schenectady, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill comes out as the most expensive ($12,821/yr) for catering students, with Mohawk Valley Community College-Utica Branch as the lowest, reported at only $6,343/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Schenectady|
|Hyde Park||NY||-||1||37.5099||6||69.8 miles|
|New Paltz||NY||-||1||36.3278||86||73.2 miles|
|East Windsor||CT||-||1||6.26683||12||93.0 miles|
|West Point||NY||-||1||80.8664||76||97.4 miles|
|East Hartford||CT||51,288||4||22.8181||50||98.3 miles|