West Point, NY has eleven 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 West Point 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.
West Point lies in Orange 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 West Point are held by food preparation and serving related employees, and 0.535/1000 are held by meeting and convention planners.
Of the 11 catering schools with a 100-mile radius of West Point, only 4 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 Mercer County Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,403/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from West Point|
|New Paltz||NY||-||1||36.3278||86||25.5 miles|
|White Plains||NY||57,617||2||21.3371||15||27.6 miles|
|Hyde Park||NY||-||1||37.5099||6||27.8 miles|
|New Rochelle||NY||74,592||3||35.7163||149||33.9 miles|
|Mount Vernon||NY||68,747||8||36.4632||259||33.9 miles|
|West Paterson||NJ||-||1||20.7455||20||36.9 miles|
|North Bergen||NJ||59,771||0||-||0||41.8 miles|
|West New York||NJ||47,282||1||33.6373||6||43.0 miles|
|Jackson Heights||NY||-||1||28.2916||7||44.1 miles|
|West Orange||NJ||49,330||0||-||0||44.5 miles|