Harrisburg, PA (population: 46,941) has one catering school within its city limits. Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg has a total student population of 22,529. It is the 5124th highest ranked school in the USA and the 322nd highest in the state of Pennsylvania (#1 is University of Pennsylvania).
Catering students from Harrisburg 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 Harrisburg-Carlisle area alone, there are 190 employed meeting and convention planners earning an average salary of $42,630. Food preparation and serving related employees in this area earn $20,640/yr and there are 24,980 employed.
Harrisburg lies in Dauphin county, which is one of the 32 counties in Pennsylvania. Overall, the Harrisburg-Carlisle area has 310,690 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.3% unemployment rate, $20.26/hr average worker wage, and a $42,140 average annual salary. Thus, about 80.388 out of every 1000 jobs in Harrisburg are held by food preparation and serving related employees, and 0.622/1000 are held by meeting and convention planners.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg ends up costing a student $8,833/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Harrisburg|
|Owings Mills||MD||-||2||12.2029||18||59.8 miles|
|Lincoln University||PA||-||1||24.1268||75||60.1 miles|
|State College||PA||-||2||29.8064||24||62.6 miles|
|North East||MD||-||1||7.7142||47||68.5 miles|
|Ellicott City||MD||73,232||0||-||0||69.9 miles|
|Montgomery Village||MD||43,313||0||-||0||77.9 miles|