The Vantage Point
By: Vantage Career Center
At Vantage Career Center, students find the “best of both worlds”. They receive a first-class career technical education while meeting all of the academic requirements for high school graduation. In addition to Trade and Industry programs and Business programs, Vantage also offers specialized programs in Service careers described below.
Due to the tremendous advances in the medical field, outstanding career opportunities are available to students in our Health Technology program. Many health care workers provide basic bedside care and take vital signs such as temperature, blood pressure, pulse and respiration. They may also prepare and give injections, collect samples for testing, feed patients and assist with bathing and personal hygiene. Students complete a State Approved Nurse Assistant Program (STNA) and learn medical terminology, medical insurance and computer skills. Health Technology students assist at the annual Vantage Bloodmobile and the United Way Day of Caring Bloodmobile. They learn a wide-range of medical techniques through clinical instruction at healthcare facilities and extensive job shadowing opportunities. In this program, they develop work ethics, medical skills, and patient care skills.
In the Early Childhood Education program, high school students discover that working with young children can be very rewarding. This program prepares students to teach young children, work in a licensed child care facility, operate a day care center, or become a nanny. Students create and provide developmentally appropriate preschool materials for children, learn the day-to-day operations of a state-licensed preschool, and explore careers that deal with the education of young children. In addition to receiving instruction in planning and conducting lessons, the students apply principles of child development and child psychology as they prepare the children for kindergarten. Upon completion, students are prepared for college and immediate employment in the childcare field.
The Culinary Arts program is the starting line for many students who are interested in careers in restaurant services and hospitality management. Students in this program operate the Cup and Saucer Restaurant, a full-service restaurant located at Vantage, which is open to the public three days a week throughout the school year. This two-year program is also the foundation for students who plan to pursue further education for chef training or food service management. Students have the opportunity to become “Serve-Safe” certified and to receive the ProStart Certificate of Achievement. After graduation, students are prepared for professional culinary programs, immediate employment, and further education.
Avantage (French for “new beginnings”) is the name of the Vantage Cosmetology Salon, a fully certified and licensed program by the state of Ohio and open to the public three mornings a week throughout the school year. Students create, cut, style, color and recommend hair designs for clients. They use advanced techniques to deliver a wide-range of skin care and nail treatments while experiencing a full-service salon environment. After successful completion of the program at Vantage and achieving the requirements of the state board of cosmetology, they are eligible to take the state cosmetology examination and become a licensed cosmetologist shortly after graduation. They will be prepared for immediate employment in a salon/day spa, advanced licensure, and further education.
If you are interested in finding out about career opportunities in any of these fields or have questions about the service programs at Vantage, please call Mike Knott, Student Services Supervisor at 419.238.5411 or 1.800.686.3944 ext. 2032 or email him at email@example.com.
The annual Open House will be held Monday, Feb. 9, from 5-7:30 p.m. If you haven’t been to the new school yet, this is your chance! Tour the building, see the labs, check out the new equipment, and talk to the staff and students. If you have a sophomore who’s interested in attending Vantage, there will be a Parent/Student Info Session in the Community Room at 6 p.m. to help answer questions you may have. Interested in going back to school yourself? Adult Education/Ohio Technical Center representatives will also be available to answer questions about Vantage Adult Ed classes.
No time to cook? Help support school-wide student activities by eating dinner at Vantage. This year, several area eating establishments will be set up in the Commons and have sample size portions of food for you to try. We’re calling it “A Taste of Vantage”! Mark it on your calendars for Monday, Feb. 9, from 5-7:30 p.m. Tickets for the Taste of Vantage will be available at the door for just $5 for six tickets. Enjoy some tasty treats from Fricker’s, Baked to Perfection, Puckerbrush Pizza, Main Street Market (Ottoville), Remedy’s Sports Bar & Grille, The Fort, and Paulding Dairy Queen. It’s gonna be a great night — you won’t want to miss it!
Of the 16 different high school career tech programs available at Vantage, three are specialized business programs.
For the technologically creative and artistic student, the Interactive Media program offers exciting opportunities. Students learn a combination of elements such as animation, sound, and computer-generated graphics used for purposes of entertainment, presentation, advertising, or public relations. Careers in Interactive Media involve creating, designing, and producing interactive multimedia products and services, including websites, and the development of digitally generated media used in business. A new 3D printer enhances project creativity. Students become skilled in manipulating images and information from a variety of sources including audio, video, still photos, animation, text, soundtracks and digital data using computer applications and visual and sound techniques. Internet applications and website creation are also included in this program.
Students interested in the Medical office field can get a head start in the Medical Office Management program, where they will learn business skills, office techniques, accounting, specific business software applications, medical terminology, abbreviations and Anatomy/Physiology. Students develop skills in medical transcription, utilize medical coding, billing and accounting systems and procedures. The demand is great for students with this educational background.
Interested in seeing how a computer and its systems work from the inside out? The Network Systems program provides students the opportunity to work on state-of-the-art equipment while learning to make basic repairs, network management and troubleshooting within the system. They design, build, install and repair complex computer network systems, develop programming skills for and apps game creation, and apply computer forensics and information security software to keep systems safe. Some of the most recent technology they are using includes Google Glasses, Motion Capture, and Oculus Rift Virtual 3D Reality. Other areas of study also include programming, computer architecture and forensics, information and network security, workstation management and business applications.
If you want to find out about career opportunities in any of these fields or have questions about the Business programs at Vantage, please call Mike Knott, Student Services Supervisor at 419.238.5411 ext. 2032 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The annual Open House will be held Monday, Feb. 9, from 5-7:30 p.m. If you haven’t been to the new school yet, this is your chance! Tour the building, see the labs, check out the new equipment, and talk to the staff and students. Do you have a sophomore who’s interested in attending Vantage? There will be a Parent Information Session in the Community Room @ 6 pm to help answer questions you may have. Interested in going back to school yourself? Adult Education/Ohio Technical Center representatives will also be there to answer questions about Vantage Adult Ed classes.
No time to cook? Help support school-wide student activities by eating dinner at Vantage. This year, several local eating establishments will be set up in the Commons and have sample size portions of food for you to try. We’re calling it “A Taste of Vantage”! Mark it on your calendars for Monday, Feb. 9, from 5-7:30 p.m. Tickets for the Taste of Vantage will be available at the door for just $5 for six tickets. Enjoy some tasty treats from Fricker’s, Baked to Perfection, Puckerbrush Pizza, Main Street Market (Ottoville), Remedy Sports Bar & Grille, and Paulding Dairy Queen. It’s gonna be a great night — you won’t want to miss it!
At Vantage Career Center, there are nine different Trade and Industrial programs offered to high school students in the Industrial and Engineering Systems cluster. Here is a brief look at those programs.
In the Ag and Industrial Power Technology program, students learn the techniques for the maintenance and operation of industrial, diesel and agricultural equipment and machinery. They troubleshoot, overhaul and assemble gas and diesel engines, and work on mechanical and electrical fuel injection systems.
Auto Body students assess and estimate the damage to vehicles and learn the basics of collision repair and refinishing, as well as auto body and shop management skills. Performing repairs to plastic and fiberglass components are unique skills of this trade.
The Auto Technology program provides hands-on experience in the areas of hydraulic brake systems, automotive engines and suspension systems. Students use sophisticated diagnostic and repair equipment to troubleshoot automotive systems and learn the skills required to inspect, repair and adjust todayís highly computerized vehicles. Just before Christmas break, they got a 1928 Chevy running!
In the Precision Machining Technology program, students invent, design, and manufacture components as they learn to operate lathes, grinders, mills and computer numerical controlled (CNC) machine. Manufacturing processes are emphasized throughout the program.
The Vantage Welding program is a nationally recognized AWS (American Welding Society) training and testing facility. Students have the opportunity to earn industry certifications in plate and pipe welding. The seniors are currently on a record breaking pace in regard to their American Welding Society (AWS) certifications. If all goes well the rest of the year, this year’s seniors will graduate with the most certifications of any that have attended Vantage Career Center. This program has earned the National Exemplary designation in career technical education.
Industrial Mechanics students learn how to perform preventive and corrective maintenance and the set up and adjustment of plant machinery. Students diagnose and repair heating, ventilation and cooling systems while learning the basics of welding, electricity, machining, metal fabrication, and hydraulics. They have completed the fire ring projects that are being donated to the home schools as well as an extensive project for Kennedy Manufacturing. The juniors are continuing to work on their OSHA 10 Hour safety course as well.
The Electricity program provides entry-level training ranging from residential wiring to industrial electrical applications. Students learn how to install, maintain and troubleshoot a variety of electrical systems, including the installation of coaxial or fiber optic cable for computers and other telecommunications equipment. Seniors use their residential wiring skills to wire the Vantage Carpentry House project each year.
In the Building and Grounds Maintenance program, students are introduced to a wide variety of skills necessary to keep buildings and their surrounding areas in good condition. Students learn building maintenance skills, landscaping, painting and light carpentry skills.
Build a house while still in high school? That’s just what Vantage Carpentry students do. Carpentry students learn the skills required for residential construction, including blueprint-reading, computerized house design, framing, roofing, drywall, cabinetry, stairs and outside finish work. These students also follow precise specifications and use software and a Techno CNC router to build custom cabinets for the house project.
If you’re interested in finding out about career opportunities in any of these fields or have questions about the trade and industrial programs at Vantage, please call Mike Knott, Student Services Supervisor at 419-238-5411 ext. 2032 or email him at knott.matvantagecareercenter.com.
It is almost time for the annual Open House. This year, several local eating establishments will be set up in the Commons and have sample size portions of food for you to try at a minimum price. We’re calling it A Taste of Vantage! Mark it on your calendars for Monday, Feb. 9, 5-7:30 p.m. If you haven’t seen the new school yet, this is your chance! Tour the building, see the labs, check out the new equipment, and talk to the staff and students. Do you have a sophomore who is interested in attending Vantage? There will be a Parent Information Session in the Community Room at 6 p.m. to help answer questions you may have. Interested in going back to school yourself? Adult Education/Ohio Technical Center representatives will also be there to answer questions about Vantage Adult Ed classes.
No time to cook? Help support school-wide student activities by eating dinner at Vantage. Tickets for the Taste of Vantage will be available at the door for just $5 for 6 tickets. Look for more information about our food vendors and Open House sponsors in next week’s article. It is going to be a great night. You won’t want to miss it.
Seventeen outstanding Vantage seniors were recently selected as members of the Vantage chapter of the National Technical Honor Society. They were introduced and inducted at the annual NTHS banquet on Dec. 9, 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 percent 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 2014-2015 school year are: Dmitry Billingsley (Continental), Network Systems, Jarett Bute (Antwerp), Welding, Brandi Calvelage (Van Wert), Health Technology, Jeremiah Dealey (Crestview), Industrial Mechanics, Caitlin Geckle (Continental), Cosmetology, Grant Gillett (Wayne Trace), Industrial Mechanics, Jasper Godeke (Antwerp), Building & Grounds, Nicholas Grote (Ottoville), Industrial Mechanics, Jenny Holbrooks (Wayne Trace), Cosmetology, David Leathers (Delphos St. John’s), Building & Grounds, Cheyenne Miller-Sweet (Antwerp), Cosmetology, Alysha Moran (Continental), Health Technology, Jill Ross (Wayne Trace), Medical Office Management, Derek Schroeder (Kalida), Precision Machining, Alexa Sikraji (Lincolnview), Cosmetology, Tyler Talboom (Delphos Jefferson), Auto Body, and Samantha Van Vlerah (Wayne Trace), Auto Body.
Eighth graders from area schools got to take a peek at what the future might look like in fifteen different careers, as they visited the career technical labs at Vantage just a few days ago.
Each school in the Vantage district brings their eighth graders to Vantage for a career exploration activity, which involves a two-hour demonstration tour. Eighth graders receive a 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 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 is always fun 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 Lunch Buffet is just around the corner. Robin Burns and her class invite the public to this popular event. It will be held two days this year ñ Wednesday, Nov. 19 and Friday, Nov. 21. Guests will be seated from 11 a.m. to noon. This year the buffet will include a delicious variety of salads, meats, vegetables, breads and desserts for just $8.95 (plus tax). Reservations are necessary. To make reservations, call 419.238.5411 ext. 2425.
A reminder to Vantage parents that Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on Monday, Nov. 24 from 4-8 p.m. and on Tuesday, Nov. 25 from 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Call 419.238.5411 ext. 2126 to schedule an appointment.
The Vantage senior Cosmetology class is proud to announce that the Avantage Salon will open on Tuesday, Oct. 21. Enjoy a morning just for you! Schedule an appointment in the salon for a haircut, manicure, or pedicure.
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 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. Groups are always welcome. It’s a great way to have a ladies’ morning out. 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’s 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 take the state cosmetology board exam and earn a license issued by the Ohio State Board of Cosmetology.
Even Mother Nature couldn’t keep Vantage students and staff from helping out at the 16th annual United Way Day of Caring! Sure, there were 2 and 3 hour delays for fog, and even a few school cancellations, but it all came together. Vantage is proud to have been part of such a successful day.
In a new twist this year, the Medical Office Management students and their teacher, Paula VanTilburg, directed the school’s food drive blitz challenge with Braun Industries that was held on Student Appreciation Day. Braun dropped off an ambulance and teams of Vantage students and staff competed to ìstuffî the ambulance with food items. At the same time, Braun employees were stuffing an ambulance in their parking lot too. Although Vantage won the competition, the real winner was the Salvation Army Food Pantry. Over 4,500 items were donated by Vantage and Braun in one morning! The Vantage Medical Office Management team donated the most items and won a pizza party. An additional $1,600 was raised to purchase more groceries. Vantage students and staff were able to contribute over 5,000 non-perishable food items to the Salvation Army this year.
Providing some much-needed muscle to load and unload the donated food on and off the collection trucks were students from the Vantage Building and Grounds program and their teacher, Larry Mengerink.
The Vantage Student Ambassadors, along with teacher aide Nancy Keith and American Studies teacher Tony Unverferth worked at the Salvation Army Food Drive, helping to unload, sort, count, box and store donated food items from around the county.
Reesa Rohrs and her senior Health Careers students volunteered their expertise at the bloodmobile held at Trinity Friends Church Family Life Center. Using what they learned from class and their practical experiences, they performed duties on the bloodmobile floor and in the kitchen and canteen to assist the American Red Cross to insure things went as smoothly as possible. New this year was the opportunity for Vantage seniors to donate blood during their lab time. Nearly 40 students hopped on the shuttle van and donated blood.
Although Robin Burns and the Culinary Arts class stayed at school, they participated in the day’s activities by preparing delicious chicken noodle soup (with homemade noodles) and potato soup for the Red Cross workers and the volunteers at the bloodmobile.
Community service projects provide a real opportunity for students to learn how to work well with others. Being able to give help without expecting anything back in return is an important lesson in life. Thank you to all Vantage students and staff who donated food, time, finances or blood to help make this special day a success in Van Wert County.
When students think of summer, they think of sleeping late, lazy days, and fun nights. But getting a chance for real-world experience in what you’re studying in school AND getting paid for it trumps the former.
Internships provide incredible opportunities for high school students to gain significant work experience while exploring career options. Although we mostly hear about internships for college students, one local business has started internships for high school students who have the right skills.
Two Vantage students Nick Grote (Ottoville) and MiKenzie Luginbill (Parkway) had the right skills and earned a summer internship opportunity at Kennedy Manufacturing in Van Wert.
Both young men competed with their classmates in Industrial Mechanics and Precision Machining for the two internships. That meant writing up a resume, completing an application and interview, and passing a drug test. And then Kennedy Manufacturing talked to their lab instructors and others for recommendations!
Nick worked in the Maintenance department from 6 a.m.-2:30 p.m. each weekday during the summer. He worked on presses, forklifts, and sheers. Then he tore apart motors, worked on hydraulic pumps and did troubleshooting on electrical issues, alongside full-time Kennedy employees who were his mentors.
MiKenzie worked in the Machine shop, 5 a.m.-1:30 p.m., where he ran mills, made stops for the brake press, and worked on the punch. When I asked about his unusual summer work hours, he replied, “Sometimes you have to wake up pretty early to go to work! I stayed because I wanted to work, learn more, and I needed the money.”
School started last week for these high school seniors who spent the summer working in their field and getting more experience. They agreed that it was a little hard to come back after seeing what it would be like in the real work world (and getting a paycheck)! But they both realize that their summer internship was an amazing opportunity. “I was so excited when I got this job,” Nick said. “It was such an advantage to have had a year of Industrial Mechanics class. A lot of the things I did we learned in lab. Hopefully, I can go back to Kennedy for Early Placement and, if I do a good job, get hired permanently.”
“The best part of my summer internship was knowing that I was working on a piece that was real that someone was going to use to build a part. At work, I learned some things that we haven’t covered in lab yet, so it was a little more challenging, but I loved it,” MiKenzie said.
Plant Manager Mike Pond told Vantage Career Tech supervisor Ted Verhoff ”It was a great experience for our entire plant. Both MiKenzie and Nick helped us get some of the bigger projects done ahead of time. It was also a good teaching and learning experience for our senior technicians. We’re planning on doing it every summer going forward.”
In high schools around the area (and the rest of the country too), it’s the time of the year for awards ceremonies, baccalaureates, and graduations. Vantage Career Center recently had the opportunity to congratulate 17 seniors who had perfect attendance this year. That is just about 12 percent of the senior class. More incredible is that seven of these students had perfect attendance for the entire two years they attended Vantage.
To honor these students, a Senior Perfect Attendance Luncheon was held. Superintendent Staci Kaufman spoke to the students about their outstanding accomplishment. Darrell Miller, Vantage attendance officer, congratulated the students and reminded them that employers always ask about or check on a student’s attendance even before inviting them for an interview.
Students with perfect attendance realize that school is their first and most important job. They’re learning how to show up for school on time every day, so that when they graduate and get a job, they’ll know how to show up for work on time every day. Students who attend school regularly are more likely to graduate and find good jobs. In fact, a high school graduate makes, on average, a half million dollars more than a dropout over a lifetime.
Many of these students are active in their home school activities and hold part-time jobs after school and on the weekends.
After lunch, each student was given a certificate to be included in their Career Passport that will document their perfect attendance for future employers.
Vantage seniors with perfect attendance for two years are: Shana Brincefield, Sr. Cosmetology (Lincolnview), Thad Carter, Sr. Industrial Mechanics (Van Wert), Layna Mihm, Sr. Medical Office Management (Van Wert), Austin Ricker, Sr. Precision Machining (Kalida), Alyssa Romero, Sr. Cosmetology (Antwerp), Wyatt Saam, Sr. Precision Machining (Lincolnview), and Ben Schnipke, Sr. Carpentry (Ottoville).
Seniors with perfect attendance for this school year are: Bryan Buck, Sr. Building & Grounds (Delphos Jefferson), Regan Cunningham, Sr. Cosmetology (Continental), LaShawne Granger, Sr. Cosmetology (Van Wert), Brooke Hesseling, Sr. Health Technology (Delphos Jefferson), Nathan Hooker, Sr. Network Systems (Continental), Adam Jurczyk, Sr. Auto Body (Van Wert), Clirissa McMonigal, Sr. Auto Body (Continental), Quintin Mengerink, Jr. Ag and Industrial Power Tech (Van Wert), Haley Sinning, Jr. Health Technology (Van Wert), and Jereka Spieth, Sr. Culinary Arts (Crestview).