Pottsville, PA has fourteen 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 Pottsville 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 East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area alone, there are 40 employed meeting and convention planners earning an average salary of $42,920. Food preparation and serving related employees in this area earn $20,430/yr and there are 21,020 employed.
Pottsville lies in Schuylkill county, which is one of the 32 counties in Pennsylvania. Overall, the East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area has 238,830 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.8% unemployment rate, $17.38/hr average worker wage, and a $36,150 average annual salary. Thus, about 88.002 out of every 1000 jobs in Pottsville are held by food preparation and serving related employees, and 0.165/1000 are held by meeting and convention planners.
Of the 14 catering schools with a 100-mile radius of Pottsville, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of Philadelphia comes out as the most expensive ($31,780/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 Pottsville|
|Wilkes Barre||PA||-||4||40.1855||76||42.1 miles|
|Center Valley||PA||-||2||15.5079||66||43.5 miles|
|East Stroudsburg||PA||-||1||60.9016||70||57.3 miles|
|North Wales||PA||-||1||28.6361||21||58.4 miles|
|Saint Davids||PA||-||1||63.725||73||62.0 miles|
|Lincoln University||PA||-||1||24.1268||75||62.3 miles|
|Willow Grove||PA||-||3||11.6322||2||68.1 miles|
|North East||MD||-||1||7.7142||47||76.3 miles|
|New Castle||DE||-||1||19.251||66||78.2 miles|