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Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

 

The Vantage Point

By: Vantage Career Center

 
Kollan Dull, a Lincolnview sophomore, listens carefully as Vantage senior Carpentry student Brad Rice (Ft. Jennings) explains how to operate the shaper. (Photo submitted.)

Kollan Dull, a Lincolnview sophomore, listens carefully as Vantage senior Carpentry student Brad Rice (Ft. Jennings) explains how to operate the shaper. (Photo submitted.)

Six hundred and fifty sophomores came to Vantage on Wednesday, Feb. 3, for “Sophomore Visitation Day”. Each sophomore had the opportunity to investigate and explore two different career technical programs of interest to them. During each one-hour visit, there were hands-on activities, demonstrations and presentations prepared especially for them.

Crestview sophomore Ciera Grose works on a mannequin in the Vantage Cosmetology lab while visiting 10th graders look on. (Photo submitted.)

Crestview sophomore Ciera Grose works on a mannequin in the Vantage Cosmetology lab while visiting 10th graders look on. (Photo submitted.)

Vantage Cosmetology students staged a style show for the 10th graders, while those visiting Welding got a chance to try out the virtual welder. Visitors to Auto Body used their artistic talent to “pinstripe” by hand and practiced using the paint gun in the booth. In Auto Technology, students learned how to use the tire balancer and the rim clamp and had a contest to see how quickly they could replace a spark plug. Sophomores in Network Systems got to use some of the latest technology – Oculus 3D Rift Virtual Reality, Google Cardboard, and Google Glass, while those visiting Interactive Media got to work with the 3D printer. In Construction Equipment Technology, students tried out the zero turn mower and skid steer. There was a lot going on.

Here are a few frequently asked questions – and answers – about coming to high school at Vantage.

Q:  Can I go to college after Vantage?
A:  About 41 percent of Vantage graduates continue their education immediately after high school graduation at a two or four year college. Students are urged to check with their school counselor to be sure that all requirements for college entrance are met.

Q: Can I receive college credits through my high school class at Vantage?
A: YES! Many programs have articulation agreements with local colleges that provide some college credit for Vantage coursework. Some courses are College Credit Plus.

Q:  Can I participate in home school sports and activities?
A:  YES!  Students are encouraged to stay involved in extracurricular activities at their home school, such as sports, drama, etc.

Q: What is the tuition to attend Vantage?
A: There is NO tuition to attend Vantage. Each program has a fee of $75, which covers the cost of tools, supplies, equipment, and one full uniform.

Q: When are applications due at Vantage?
A: Sophomore and junior students who are considering attending Vantage

Maxwell Bennett, a Van Wert sophomore, is in the driver’s seat as he checks out a diagnostic tablet attached to the steering wheel in the Auto Tech lab during Sophomore Day at Vantage. (Photo submitted.)

Maxwell Bennett, a Van Wert sophomore, is in the driver’s seat as he checks out a diagnostic tablet attached to the steering wheel in the Auto Tech lab during Sophomore Day at Vantage. (Photo submitted.)

should be aware that the priority application deadline is March 9, 2016. Interested students may complete and submit an online application form by using this address —http://tinyurl.com/lec2nqa to access the application form. Students may continue to enroll throughout the spring and summer however, first choice programs may already be filled. Visit the Vantage website for complete information vantagecareercenter.com.

Vantage offers 17 different high school career technical programs. If you have any questions, please talk to your school counselor or call Student Services at Vantage at 419.238.5411 or 1.800.686.3944 ext. 2032. You can always check out the Vantage website vantagecareercenter.com, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @vccstudents.

Celebrate Vantage’s 40th Anniversary on Monday, Feb. 22, from 5-7:30 p.m.
All the labs will be open and there will be special demonstrations and activities. There will be a Parent Information Session in the Community Room from
6-6:30 p.m. designed to answer questions about your student’s opportunities at Vantage. You’ll find special 40th Anniversary door prizes, contests, and raffles throughout the building. Area restaurants will be onsite at “A Taste of Vantage” for you to sample their food for a minimal cost, with proceeds going to the Vantage Student Activity Fund. Four graduates will be inducted into the newly established Vantage Alumni Hall of Fame at 5:30 p.m. in the Commons. Hope you can make it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POSTED: 02/10/16 at 3:14 pm. FILED UNDER: The Vantage Point

Christian Riley, a Van Wert senior in the Vantage Precision Machining program is pictured with the customized school mascot clock he made.  The clock will be raffled off at the Van Wert/Marion Local basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016.  Presale tickets for the clock are available in the Van Wert high school office. (Photo submitted.)

Christian Riley, a Van Wert senior in the Vantage Precision Machining program is pictured with the customized school mascot clock he made. The clock will be raffled off at the Van Wert/Marion Local basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016. Presale tickets for the clock are available in the Van Wert high school office. (Photo submitted.)

The Vantage Roadshow 2015-2016 has begun.  Simply find the date of a basketball game at your local high school on the schedule below.  Stop by the Vantage table before the game to check out what’s new and exciting at Vantage and enter the raffle for a chance to win a custom-designed polished aluminum and acrylic 10” x 10” school mascot clock that sits on a stained cherry wood base and is lit with LED lights.

This unique and distinctive piece was created by combining the talents of the Vantage Precision Machining, Carpentry, and Electricity students. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.  All proceeds stay at the home school.

Home School           Date/Opponent

Delphos Jefferson      1/8 v. Crestview

Parkway                       1/9 v. Lima Perry

Van Wert                      1/9 v. Marion Local

Continental               1/15 v. Fort Jennings

Kalida                          1/16 v. Columbus Grove

Antwerp                     1/16 v. Lincolnview

Fort Jennings           1/22 v. Ottoville

Lincolnview               1/23 v. Parkway

Delphos St. John     1/29 v. Marion Local

Paulding                       2/5 v. Jefferson

Crestview                     2/6 v. Wayne Trace

Wayne Trace                2/12 v. Antwerp

A Vantage clock will also be raffled off at the Open House and Taste of Vantage on Monday night, Feb. 22, 2016.

So, get in on the fun, find out about the great things happening at Vantage while supporting your local school, and you might just walk away with a brand new clock that shows your school spirit!

POSTED: 12/23/15 at 2:05 pm. FILED UNDER: The Vantage Point

Vantage junior and senior Health Technology students adopted a family for Christmas and are shown here shopping for gifts.  (Photo submitted.)

Vantage junior and senior Health Technology students adopted a family for Christmas and are shown here shopping for gifts. (Photo submitted.)

 

Cosmetology students from Vantage visited Country Inn Assisted Living Center and Nursing Home in Paulding to spread some holiday cheer.  Those who wanted received a hand massage or manicure. (Photo submitted.)

Cosmetology students from Vantage visited Country Inn Assisted Living Center and Nursing Home in Paulding to spread some holiday cheer. Those who wanted received a hand massage or manicure. (Photo submitted.)

 

 

For the third year in a row, Vantage students and staff collected two truckloads of toys for the local Toss A Toy project.  A special thanks to Santa’s helpers at Lee Kinstle GMC.  (Photo submitted.)

For the third year in a row, Vantage students and staff collected two truckloads of toys for the local Toss A Toy project. A special thanks to Santa’s helpers at Lee Kinstle GMC. (Photo submitted.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POSTED: 12/16/15 at 1:50 pm. FILED UNDER: The Vantage Point

Pictured with the flag field are the Vantage Carpentry classes who donated funds to purchase the 4 x 6 “Honoring Our Veterans” banner to accompany the flag field.  (Photo submitted.)

Pictured with the flag field are the Vantage Carpentry classes who donated funds to purchase the 4 x 6 “Honoring Our Veterans” banner to accompany the flag field. (Photo submitted.)

For Veteran’s Day this year, Vantage Student Ambassadors sold small flags in honor or in memory of family members and friends who are veterans.  The flags were placed in a “field” built by Brad Rice, a Carpentry student from Ft. Jennings and painted by Tabby Dixon, an Auto Body senior from Continental.  The flag field was placed on the Vantage front lawn on Veteran’s Day to honor all veterans.  The proceeds were donated to the Van Wert VFW.

Pictured from the left are Student Ambassador Caitlin Wilder (Van Wert), VFW Commander, Colleen Wiley, and Student Ambassador Lexi Doster (Continental). (Photo submitted.)

Pictured from the left are Student Ambassador Caitlin Wilder (Van Wert), VFW Commander, Colleen Wiley, and Student Ambassador Lexi Doster (Continental). (Photo submitted.)

 

 

 

POSTED: 12/09/15 at 2:49 pm. FILED UNDER: The Vantage Point

Universal Lettering General Manager Cory Hoops and a few of the members of the Vantage Junior Carpentry class show off the latest sewing cart project.  Students pictured are (front row) Nathan Soto (Continental), Brittany Bergman (Wayne Trace), Sam Vetter (Ft. Jennings), and Josh Fowler (Van Wert).  (Back row) Tyler Bauer (Paulding), Nick Burgoon (LifeLinks), Andrew Krogman (Parkway) and Kori Wolfrum (Paulding).  (Photo submitted.)

Universal Lettering General Manager Cory Hoops and a few of the members of the Vantage Junior Carpentry class show off the latest sewing cart project. Students pictured are (front row) Nathan Soto (Continental), Brittany Bergman (Wayne Trace), Sam Vetter (Ft. Jennings), and Josh Fowler (Van Wert). (Back row) Tyler Bauer (Paulding), Nick Burgoon (LifeLinks), Andrew Krogman (Parkway) and Kori Wolfrum (Paulding). (Photo submitted.)

Much goes on in the Carpentry lab at the end of the long hallway in the Trade and Industrial wing at Vantage.  Students learn how to use the “tools of the trade” – a dovetail machine, router, biscuit joiner, pocket hole cutter, and wide belt sander – just to name a few.  Many times, they are working on custom project for local businesses, like the Van Wert Senior Center, VFW Museum, and Habitat for Humanity.

One recent project for Universal Lettering had the Carpentry students building customized sewing carts and tables.  General Manager Cory Hoops was very pleased with the project.  “I can’t say enough about the carpentry program at Vantage. Each year that we have asked the students to build work aids for our growing operation, they have exceeded far beyond our expectations in a number of ways.  The workmanship is top notch as well the professionalism of the young men and women in the program.  I always look forward to the next opportunity to work with Mr. Robinson’s students on future carpentry projects that will help Universal Lettering continue to expand and grow.” Instructor Jerry Robinson is eager for his students to learn a variety of skills in the two-year program.

At the extreme opposite end of the building, Culinary Arts students are preparing for one of their biggest events at the Cup & Saucer Restaurant – the annual Christmas Lunch Buffet.  It will be held two days this year – Wednesday, Dec. 9 and Friday, Dec. 11 from 11 a.m. to noon.   This year’s buffet will include a delicious variety of salads, meats, vegetables, breads and desserts all for just $8.95 + tax.  Reservations are necessary for this special event.  Reservations go quickly, so be sure to call 419.238.5411 ext. 2425 to reserve your spot now.

 

 

POSTED: 11/25/15 at 9:42 am. FILED UNDER: The Vantage Point

These Van Wert 8th graders try to figure out the names of medical equipment and devices during their visit to the Health Technology lab. (Photo submitted.)

These Van Wert 8th graders try to figure out the names of medical equipment and devices during their visit to the Health Technology lab. (Photo submitted.)

Eighth graders from area schools got to take a peek at what the future might look like in sixteen different occupations, as they visited the career technical labs at Vantage. 

Each school in the Vantage district is invited to bring their 8th graders to Vantage for a career exploration activity, which involves a two-hour demonstration tour.  Eighth graders receive a “mini-brochure” which describes the programs and explains what a typical day is like for students who attend Vantage.  The eighth graders spend a little time in each lab and return home with a better idea of what goes on in this big, new school.      

This career exploration activity is especially helpful by informing the students about all the options available to them.  During the visit, the eighth graders are able to see what skills are being used in different career areas.  Students may also become more aware of how their interests and abilities can be developed into a rewarding career.

It’s always fun hosting the 8th graders and giving them a chance to see what career technical education at Vantage Career Center is all about!

Jacob, a Lincolnview 8th grader, gets comfortable in a new tractor in the Ag & Industrial Power Technology lab. (Photo submitted.)

Jacob, a Lincolnview 8th grader, gets comfortable in a new tractor in the Ag & Industrial Power Technology lab. (Photo submitted.)

The annual Culinary Arts Christmas Lunch Buffet is just around the corner.  Mrs. Robin Burns and her class invite you to this popular event.   It will be held two days this year – Wednesday, Dec. 9 and Friday, Dec. 11.  Guests will be seated from 11 a.m. to noon.   This year’s buffet will include a delicious variety of salads, meats, vegetables, breads and desserts all for just $8.95 (plus tax).  Reservations are necessary for this special event.  To reserve your spot, call 419.238.5411 ext. 2425.

A reminder to Vantage parents that Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on Monday, Nov. 23 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. and on Tuesday, Nov. 24 from 10:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.  Please call 419.238.5411 ext. 2126 to schedule your appointment.  School will resume on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POSTED: 11/11/15 at 2:46 pm. FILED UNDER: The Vantage Point

Van Wert Elementary 4th graders got an up close and personal look at several different career areas on Tuesday, when Vantage seniors in six programs presented a mini Career Fair.  Here, Levi Hiltner, an Industrial Mechanics student from Continental, demonstrates some of the different tools he uses in his lab. (Photo submitted.)

Van Wert Elementary 4th graders got an up close and personal look at several different career areas on Tuesday, when Vantage seniors in six programs presented a mini Career Fair. Welding student Brooke Brown discusses welding with the youngsters. (Photo submitted.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

             Brooke Brown, a Welding student from Van Wert, explains what welding is and how it’s done. (Photo submitted.)

Levi Hiltner, an Industrial Mechanics student from Continental, demonstrates tools.  (Photo submitted.)

 

POSTED: 10/28/15 at 1:29 pm. FILED UNDER: The Vantage Point

Culinary Arts students Allie Mihm and Samantha Ortiz, both from Van Wert, invite you to the Thanksgiving Lunch Buffet at Vantage.  (Photo submitted.)

Culinary Arts students Allie Mihm and Samantha Ortiz, both from Van Wert, invite you to the Thanksgiving Lunch Buffet at Vantage. (Photo submitted.)

Vantage is proud to announce that the Avantage’ Salon and the Cup & Saucer Restaurant are now open for business.

The salon will be open from 8:30-11 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  A variety of cosmetology services including hair care, skin care, manicures, pedicures, permanents, hair cutting and styling are being offered.  Later this year, even  more specialty services will be available such as ” Spa pedicures”, “Gel Polish”,  “Paraffin Dipping” for extremely dry hands, “Tea Tree Experience”, deep conditioning treatment and aromatherapy.  It’s a great way to have a ladies morning out.  Please be sure to call 419.238.5411 ext. 2003 to make an appointment.  Please note that if school is on a delay, cosmetology services are cancelled for the day.

If you’re looking for a place to grab a quick, delicious lunch, consider the Cup & Saucer Restaurant at Vantage.

The Cup and Saucer Restaurant is the career tech lab for students enrolled in the two-year Culinary Arts program.  Culinary Arts students get firsthand experience in the kitchen and operating the Cup and Saucer restaurant.  The restaurant is open for lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week, seating guests from 11 a.m.-noon.

Erika Strawser (Photo submitted.)

Erika Strawser (Photo submitted.)

One of the biggest events at the restaurant is the annual Thanksgiving Lunch Buffet.  It will be held two days this year – Wednesday, Nov. 4 and Friday, Nov. 6 from  11 a.m.-noon.   This year’s buffet will include a delicious variety of salads, meats, vegetables, breads and desserts all for just $8.95 plus tax.  Reservations are necessary for this special event.  Reservations go quickly, so be sure to call 419.238.5411 ext. 2425 to reserve your spot now.

Enjoy a morning just for you!  Schedule an appointment in the salon for a haircut, manicure, or pedicure and then have lunch in the Cup & Saucer!

 

 

POSTED: 10/21/15 at 1:26 pm. FILED UNDER: The Vantage Point

Career tech education puts people to work. Plain and simple. Learn a living. Advance your training. Earn college credits for a degree, later in life or during high school. Get extra mobility to move up in your career. Get the Edge! Why not enroll at Vantage Career Center, as a high school student or adult, and Get the Edge?

How does Vantage keep “the Edge?”  The Vantage facility is kept current by the five-year renewal of a .7 permanent improvement levy. Monies generated are allocated to specific funds for the replacement and repair of equipment, mechanical operating systems, parking lot re-sealing, preventive maintenance, and furnishings with at least a five-year life expectancy.

Renewed levy funds will bring in $559,947 per year, generating a huge portion of the expenses required for the upkeep of our facility. Our completely renovated and expanded facility, finished in 2013, and co-funded by the Ohio School Facilities Commission, requires setting aside $225,000 annually–specifically for permanent improvement projects to maintain the facility.

The .7 mil renewal levy will appear on the November general election ballot.  The owner of a home appraised at $100,000 pays only $9.57 per year; owners of a $50,000 home would see $4.78 per year as taxes for the .7 mil renewal levy. This renewal means no new taxes.

When you have questions about the permanent improvement levy renewal, please contact Staci Kaufman, Superintendent at 419.623.9650. Should your organization desire a presentation of levy facts and student success stories, please call the superintendent or MaryJo Wilhelm, Community Relations Coordinator, at 419.238.5411, ext. 2169. Vantage staff will be glad to share good news about how our students “Get the Edge” with you and your organization.

POSTED: 10/14/15 at 2:13 pm. FILED UNDER: The Vantage Point

Newly inducted members of the Vantage 2015-2016 National Technical Honor Society. (Photo submitted.)

Newly inducted members of the Vantage 2015-2016 National Technical Honor Society. (Photo submitted.)

Twenty-four outstanding Vantage seniors were recently selected as members of the Vantage chapter of the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS).  They were introduced and inducted at the annual NTHS banquet on September 29, 2015, held in the Commons Area.  In addition to the guests of honor, parents, home school principals and counselors, and Vantage teachers and administrators attended the banquet to recognize this elite group of students. 

The main purpose of the National Technical Honor Society is to reward scholastic achievement in career technical education.  Membership encourages skill development, honesty, service, leadership, citizenship, and individual responsibility. In addition, students are selected for membership in NTHS as a reward for excellence in workforce education; to develop self-esteem, pride and encourage students to reach for higher levels of achievement; and to promote business and industry’s critical workplace values – honesty, responsibility, initiative, teamwork, productivity, leadership, and citizenship.

NTHS membership is the highest award for excellence in career technical education and is a reliable indicator of performance and leadership in the workplace.  Students who achieved a 3.5 grade point average or better, while maintaining a 95% attendance rate at Vantage, were eligible to apply for membership.  In addition to submitting a resume and writing an essay stating why they would like to be a part of the NTHS, the students also were required to obtain three teacher recommendations.

Students selected for membership in the National Technical Honor Society for the 2015-2016 school year are: Brenna Baker (Wayne Trace), Medical Office Management; Elizabeth Burgei (Ottoville), Health Technology; Zachary Chamberlin (Kalida) Network Systems; Haley Dicke (Parkway), Cosmetology; Tabbetha Dixon (Continental), Auto Body Repair; Alexis Doster (Continental), Medical Office Management; Elijah Freund (Ft. Jennings), Ag & Industrial Power Technolgy; Landon Goins (Crestview), Auto Body Repair; Levi Hiltner (Continental), Industrial Mechanics; Angelea Kimmel (Kalida), Health Technology; Allie Mihm (Van Wert), Culinary Arts; Justin Moenter (Delphos St. John’s), Network Systems; Kalyn Pierstorff (Parkway), Cosmetology; Kenneth Pinks-Liebert (Parkway), Network Systems; Keli Ralston (Lincolnview), Culinary Arts; Bianka Robach (Continental), Health Technology; Makayla Ryan (Van Wert), Health Technology; Meghan Sherman (Crestview), Health Technology; Marcy Shoppell (Lincolnview), Culinary Arts; Jacob Sukup (Antwerp), Ag & Industrial Power Technology; Darian Tijerina (Continental), Electricity; Nicholas Warnimont (Paulding), Network Systems; Cullen Wenzlick (Paulding), Network Systems; and Drayson Wenzlick (Paulding), Network Systems.

Vantages congratulates these new NTHS members.

 

 

 

POSTED: 10/07/15 at 2:07 pm. FILED UNDER: The Vantage Point