Highland Springs, VA has five catering schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center, the highest ranked school in this group with a catering program, has a total student population of 218. It is the 964th highest ranked school in the USA and the 29th highest in the state of Virginia (#1 is Washington and Lee University).
Catering students from Highland Springs 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 Richmond area alone, there are 350 employed meeting and convention planners earning an average salary of $48,900. Food preparation and serving related employees in this area earn $20,290/yr and there are 46,750 employed.
Highland Springs lies in Henrico county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Richmond area has 595,920 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $21.03/hr average worker wage, and a $43,740 average annual salary. Thus, about 78.457 out of every 1000 jobs in Highland Springs are held by food preparation and serving related employees, and 0.591/1000 are held by meeting and convention planners.
Of the 5 catering schools with a 100-mile radius of Highland Springs, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Stratford University comes out as the most expensive ($27,887/yr) for catering students, with Tidewater Community College as the lowest, reported at only $4,175/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Highland Springs|
|Newport News||VA||182,057||4||29.3064||58||55.3 miles|
|Virginia Beach||VA||439,564||9||17.32||116||90.3 miles|
|Falls Church||VA||-||1||13.4471||18||92.8 miles|
|Capitol Heights||MD||-||1||32.1418||6||95.3 miles|