The Vantage Point
By: Vantage Career Center
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Vantage Career Center students were very active in the 17th annual United Way Day of Caring. The Medical Office Management students and their teacher, Paula VanTilburg, directed the school’s food drive blitz on Sept. 11, when over 3,000 canned food items were donated for the Salvation Army Food Drive. Two programs won pizza parties for their donations – Industrial Mechanics, who brought in over 700 food items and Buildings & Grounds, who, with only 10 students, donated 33 items per student!
An additional $1,800 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 Building and Grounds program and their first-year teacher, Dave DeLano, and aide Brenda Wurst.
The Vantage Student Ambassadors, along with teacher aide Nancy Keith and Social 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.
New senior Health Tech teacher Wendy Baumle and her 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. This year, 43 Vantage seniors donated blood during their lab time.
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 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. Vantage is proud to have been part of it.
By Mary Jo Wilhelm
Did you know that Vantage Health Technology seniors provide helping hands to local school nurses with student health screenings? For the past several years, one of their most 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 is overwhelming for just one school nurse.
Vantage senior Health Tech students were trained on how to use the audiometer to test hearing by Melissa McCoy, MA, from the Ohio Department of Health. Wendy Baumle, the new Vantage senior health technology instructor, provided training on the Snellen charts for vision screenings and the color blindness test. 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 has been helping the elementary students who do not speak English as a primary language. Vantage students must help them to understand the test and give appropriate responses. The senior Health Technology students are just beginning their screenings with Van Wert kindergarteners. They are also scheduled to assist at Crestview this fall.
The school nurses, Theresa Whittington from Van Wert City Schools and Sandra Grooms from Crestview 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.
Baumle says, “The senior Health Technology students have told me this is their number one experience as far as learning a health related skill and being able to apply it in real life.”
You can see the Health Tech seniors in action as they pitch in to help at the Van Wert United Way Day of Caring Bloodmobile at Trinity Friends on Friday, Sept. 25. If you haven’t made your appointment yet, please call 1.800.RED.CROSS.