The Vantage Point
By: Vantage Career Center
Eighth graders from area schools got to take a peek at what the future might look like in several different career areas, as they visited the career technical labs at the completely renovated Vantage Career Center.
Each school in the Vantage district is invited to bring their eighth graders to Vantage for a career exploration activity, which involves a two-hour hands-on demonstration tour. Eighth graders receive a small brochure which describes the career-technical 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 behind those big doors.
This career exploration activity is especially helpful because it informs students about all the options available to them. During the visit, they 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 a pleasure hosting the eighth graders and giving them a chance to see what career technical education at Vantage Career Center is all about.
The annual Culinary Arts Thanksgiving Feast luncheon, is just around the corner. Robin Burns and her class invite you to this popular event. It will be held two days this year: Wednesday, Nov. 13 and Friday, Nov. 15 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This year’s buffet will include a delicious variety of salads, meats, vegetables, breads and desserts. The cost is $8.95. 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. 25 from 4-8 p.m. and on Tuesday, Nov. 26 from 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Please call 419.238.5411 ext. 2126 to schedule your appointment.
You may know that Health Technology seniors assist at the Day of Caring bloodmobile; but did you know that they also help the local school nurses with screening? For the past several years, one of their favorite community projects has been to help the school nurses perform hearing and vision screenings for students from kindergarten through high school. All students must be tested and the job can be overwhelming.
Vantage students were trained on how to use the audiometer to test hearing and the Snellen charts for vision screenings. They also test for color blindness. The senior Health Technology students are wrapping up their final screenings at Van Wert High School. They have already assisted at the middle school and elementary school screenings, as well as Crestview and Lincolnview.
In addition to the hearing and vision screenings, the Vantage students also help take and record the height and weights of the elementary students. This experience for the Health Technology students is not without its challenges. One of the biggest challenges has been helping elementary students who do not speak English as a primary language. Vantage assistants help them understand the test and give appropriate responses.
The school nurses, Theresa Whittington from Van Wert City Schools, Sandra Grooms from Crestview Local Schools and Candi Elliot from Lincolnview Local Schools, are very appreciative of the student help. They also evaluate the high school students on their positive attitude, ability to accept constructive feedback and being a team player.
Vantage senior Health Technology instructor Reesa Rohrs says, “The senior Health Technology students have ranked this experience as a ‘10’ as far as learning a health-related skill and being able to apply it in real life.”
It’s time to make your reservation for this year’s Thanksgiving Buffet Luncheon, which will be held on Wednesday and Friday, Nov. 13 and 15 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Vantage Cup & Saucer Restaurant. Call 419.238.5411 ext. 2425 to reserve your spot now.
For Vantage parents, Parent/Teacher conferences will be held Monday, Nov. 25 from 4-8 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 26 from 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Call 1.800.686.3944 or 419.238.5411 ext. 2126 to schedule your appointment time.
Vantage FFA says, “It’s time to order your fresh fruit from the Florida Fruit Association of Vero Beach, Florida.”
Fruit sales are underway now and end on Friday, Nov. 8. Vantage students will be selling fruit through their career tech youth organizations. Vantage Career Center’s FFA coordinates this school-wide fundraiser. Money earned from this fundraiser is used by students who compete in regional, state and national competitions, as well as for community service projects, field trips and banquets.
It’s simple to order ñ contact a Vantage student that you know, or call 419.238.5411 or 1.800.686.3944 ext. 2154. You may leave your order on voicemail, but please be sure to leave your name and phone number.
This year, the following fruit is available: Navel oranges, $26/full case, $16/half case; Hamlins, $22/full case, $12 half case; Red Grapefruit, $26/full case, $16/half case; Tangelos, $26/full case, $16/half case. Also available is a mixed fruit case (navels and grapefruit) for $24 and a Fresh Fruit Sampler case (apples, pears, red grapefruit, tangerines, and navel oranges) for $26. Also available are skinless southern fried peanuts (16 oz. can) $5, mixed nuts (1 lb. can) $7, brittle bites (12 oz. can) $5, and a 3 piece gift pack of brittle bites, honey krunch, and skinless peanuts for $13.
Fruit will be available for pick-up about Dec. 6. Checks should be made payable to Vantage Career Center.
If you have any questions about the Vantage fruit sale, please contact Mike Miller at 419.238.5411 or 1.800.686.3944, extension 2154 or Ted Verhoff at extension 2161.
Looking for a place to grab a quick, delicious lunch?? Think about the Cup & Saucer Restaurant at Vantage! Opening Day will be Tuesday, Oct. 15.
The Cup and Saucer Restaurant is the career tech lab for students enrolled in the two-year Culinary Arts program. Culinary Arts students get first-hand experience in the kitchen and operating the Cup and Saucer restaurant. The restaurant is open for lunch on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays each week, seating guests from 11 a.m. to noon. Luncheons for group meetings can also be arranged. Please call ahead for more information.
Students usually arrive in the kitchen with very little experience. By graduation time, they have practiced many different facets of restaurant management, including food safety, meal planning, preparation and serving, as well as front of the house (hospitality and cashiering). Students have the opportunity to become Serve-Safe certified and to receive the ProStart Certificate of Achievement. For those students planning to continue their education in chef training or restaurant management, it serves as an excellent introductory experience. Although this program concentrates on preparing students for careers in hospitality and restaurant services, it is a practical life program too.
One of the biggest events at the restaurant is the annual Thanksgiving Feast luncheon, prepared by Culinary Arts students. Instructor Robin Burns and her class invite you to this popular event. It will be held two days this year: Wednesday, Nov. 13 and Friday, Nov. 15 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This year’s buffet will include a delicious variety of salads, meats, vegetables, breads and desserts all for just $8.95. Reservations are necessary for this special event. To reserve your spot, call 419.238.5411 ext. 2425.
The Vantage senior Cosmetology class is proud to announce that the Avantage Salon will open on Tuesday, Sept. 24. This year brings more specialty services than ever before. New spa services include Spa pedicures, Gel Polish, “Paraffin Dipping” for extremely dry hands, ‚”Tea Tree Experience”, deep conditioning treatment, and aromatherapy. The salon will now 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. Groups are always welcome. 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.
In addition to serving customers, students are also taught salon management skills, retailing practices and communication skills. Students also study the specifics of anatomy and chemistry related to the hair care industry. This year, instructors are Amy Grothouse, (a Vantage Cosmetology grad herself) teaching the junior class, and Susie Smith, the senior Cosmetology teacher.
Students completing the cosmetology course of study and meeting the required competencies have the opportunity to graduate with a diploma and a license issued by the Ohio State Board of Cosmetology.
Enjoy a morning just for you! Schedule an appointment in the salon for a haircut, manicure, or pedicure and then enjoy a delicious homemade lunch in the new Cup and Saucer restaurant. Call 419.238.5411 ext. 2003 to make an appointment.
by John Upole, Sr. Network Systems
and Larry Regedanz, Network Systems Instructor
This year, the Network Systems class received a new piece of technology: The Platform Touch Table. It’s a 55 active 3D LED (light emitting diode) LCD (liquid crystal display) HD (high definition) touch table with a powerful integrated PC.
It comes in virtually any color the consumer could want, but the class preferred the sleek, black color. It’s 2” thick and has a 1080p display. You have probably heard that term if you have ever shopped for large screen TVs, but basically 1080 is the number of vertical lines of resolution on a screen and 1080 is currently the top of the line for consumer products whether it be a television or
computer monitor or Touch Table PC. The “p” stands for progressive which means that each pixel is refreshed progressively or “one after the other” but this happens at a rate of up to 60 times per second so normally the human eye can’t tell the difference when watching a movie. “p” is better for computer screens with user interaction.
The Platform has up to 40 simultaneous touch points for multiple users to access it at the same time. This is probably the coolest thing about the Touch Table computer. This means that it can basically react to 40 different touch inputs at the same time. So one student could be moving an object on one end of the screen, and another student could be resizing an object on the other end, and technically 38 other students could have their fingers on the screen doing other things, and the Touch Table computer would respond to all of them at the same time.
“Our class was excited and very thrilled to acquire this new piece of technology. Personally, I’ve witnessed it used to explore Earth, space, other planets, even the sun. It can have various apps and games that come in all forms. I look forward to using this new device to learn new things in the Networking field this year,” said senior John Upole (Wayne Trace).
“In an educational scenario, having the Touch Table computer is great for working together in teams on a project,” commented instructor Larry Regedanz. “A good example for networking functions would be two teams working together to build and then troubleshoot a virtual network in real time where one team creates problems in the network while the other team tries to resolve them. I’m planning to use a lot of virtualization this year in Network Systems so the students can practice building computers and networks so they are comfortable with the process before working on real equipment.”
The Van Wert County Fair is over but Vantage Early Childhood Education students have some extra special memories of it this year.
On Senior Citizen Day and Veterans’ Day, about 25 Early Childhood Education students helped residents of Vancrest maneuver through all the booths in the Commercial building at the Van Wert
County Fair and then assisted them in getting lunch. The residents shared stories with the students about what the fair was like years ago.
Early Childhood Education instructor Marcia Osenga was very happy with the field trip. “This is the kickoff event for our intergenerational project with Vancrest and it went really well, despite the heat,” she said.
“We absolutely love working with the Vancrest residents in our intergenerational project. We’ve been working with them for at least 15 years. It is one of my favorite activities,” commented Donna Myers, Preschool Teacher.
The ECE students will continue their relationship with the seniors at Vancrest through the intergenerational project. The project will include monthly visits to Vancrest with the preschoolers and their teachers reading stories, performing finger plays and playing games.
For more information about the Early Childhood program at Vantage, visit the website www.vantagecareercenter.com or call Student Services at 1.800.686.3944 ext. 2126.