Vantage Career Center
Celebrating 40 years of Workforce Education!
Vantage Career Center --1976-2016
BY STACI KAUFMAN, VANTAGE SUPERINTENDENT
Your Choice. Your Career. Your Success.
Your area career center. Need I say more? Vantage connects real people with real jobs, helping make real livelihoods for students and their families. We’ve been helping high school students and adult learners for 40 years. And we know what it means to you.
As superintendent, I always enjoy the real life stories of people whose lives have been touched by Vantage staff and the skills we provide. Our staff helps students who are working full-time jobs, who come to school sleepy, and share their paychecks with a single parent, to help make ends meet. We help young people who know what they want to do in life and throw themselves wholeheartedly into their education at Vantage to make that dream come true. We encourage some students to stick with it, come to school, go to work, and know it WILL make a difference. And there’s no greater joy than listening to these students thank a teacher or staff member for helping them to steer them on the right path.
As a lifetime educator, I also know career technical education is a vital part of local workforce development and economic development. Why? Because Vantage alumni tend to stay in our local communities, working as auto technicians, welders, secretaries and office support, network systems analysts, programmers, machinists, cosmetologists, and healthcare STNA’s. There are so many jobs that our students and alumni fill. They live local, spending their paychecks in our communities, and helping our local businesses to survive. Retention and expansion of local business is 90 percent of economic development. Especially in rural Ohio. And Vantage alumni ARE a huge percentage of our community.
Vantage offers high school training in 16 different career programs, as well as a variety of customized training for interested employers, and full-time workforce programs for displaced workers and anyone who wants a career change. Real people in real jobs. People connecting with their local communities. Vantage staff “get it”. We’ve done it for 40 years--and as superintendent, I have the pleasure of spreading the good news about our caring staff and awesome school.
The Vantage career technical planning district covers Van Wert and Paulding counties, and parts of Putnam and Mercer counties. Vantage provides juniors, seniors and adults of all ages, with entry-level and advanced job skills to find employment. We’re proud of what we do. Our staff knows it’s about real people wanting to improve their lives, looking for a better job, or their first job, or a second income to start their own business or help out at home.
Thank you for supporting Vantage and our mission for the past 40 years. I invite you to attend our Open House on Monday evening, February 22, 2016 from 5:00 - 7:30 pm and celebrate our 40th year of changing lives.
Mrs. Carey's Jr. Health Technology class at Vantage learns the importance of how to use protective gowns, masks, and gloves correctly.
38th Annual Vantage Senior Awards Assembly
Above: Vantage class of 2015 Award of Distinction winners: Front row: Caleb Bender, David Leathers, Nick Grote, Jill Ross, Arik Mitchener, Cole Ketchum, Dmitry Billingsley. Back row: Tyler Foust, Tyler Talboom, Austin Schulte, Derek Schroeder. Unavailable for the picture was Marty Hessler.
Family, friends, and home school representatives, gathered at the annual Awards Assembly on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 to recognize the achievements and accomplishments of senior students enrolled in Vantage career technical programs. Awards of Distinction and scholarships highlighted the event and juniors put technology to the test as they watched the assembly via “live video streaming” from classrooms.
The student speaker for this year’s assembly was Cole Ketchum, a senior in the Precision Machining program from Parkway. Cole shared how coming to Vantage provided him with opportunities he never realized were possible and the news that he will begin a permanent full-time job @ Nidec Minster Manufacturing thanks to his technical training at Vantage. He also thanked teachers, staff members and classmates for their guidance, friendship and support.
Each year, career technical teachers select outstanding students to receive an “Award of Distinction”. To be eligible for this award, a student must demonstrate leadership qualities at school, have outstanding achievement in their program area, show exceptional skills in the subject area, participate as an active member of a school career technical club and demonstrate cooperation, initiative and responsibility. This year’s “Award of Distinction” winners are: Tyler Foust, Auto Technology (Delphos Jefferson), Tyler Talboom, Auto Body (Delphos Jefferson), David Leathers, Building & Grounds (Delphos St. Johns), Derek Schroeder, Precision Machining (Kalida), Austin Schulte, Welding (Kalida), Arik Mitchener, Ag & Industrial Power Tech (Lincolnview), Caleb Bender, Carpentry (Lincolnview), Nicholas Grote, Industrial Mechanics (Ottoville), Cole Ketchum, Precision Machining (Parkway), Marty Kessler, Network Systems (Paulding), and Jill Ross, Medical Office Management (Wayne Trace).
Kennedy Manufacturing Plant Manager Mike Pond announced the Kennedy Manufacturing Precision Machining and Industrial Mechanics "Senior of the Year" award. For a second consecutive year, Kennedy Manufacturing presented a Machinist’s Rolling Chest to an outstanding Precision Machining senior and a Maintenance Rolling Chest to an outstanding Industrial Mechanics senior. This year’s recipients are Derek Schroeder (Precision Machining) and Nicholas Grote (Industrial Mechanics.
Scholarship recipients were also recognized at the assembly. The Robert C. Stevens Scholarship is given by the Vantage Teacher’s Organization in memory of Bob Stevens, who taught Occupational Work Experience (OWE) at Vantage from 1976 until 1984. Students who are awarded this scholarship have shown outstanding achievement in their program area, while demonstrating initiative and perseverance. This year, the Robert C. Stevens Scholarships were awarded to Jill Ross (Wayne Trace), Alysha Moran (Continental), and Samantha Hinchcliff (Wayne Trace). The Joshua Ralston Memorial Scholarship was established in 2003 in memory of Josh Ralston, a Vantage Ag Diesel student from Parkway. This scholarship is given to a student pursuing a career and further education in mechanics. Josh’s father, Scott Ralston presented this scholarship to Arik Mitchener. The Robert Brandt Scholarship was established in 2011 in memory of Bob Brandt, the very first Vantage superintendent, who stayed at the helm of the school for 27 years. This year’s scholarship recipient was Karlee Trammell (Crestview).
The Van Wert Rotary Club provides an annual scholarship to students at all Van Wert county schools. The year, the Dee Whitcraft Memorial Rotary Scholarship was awarded to Hannah Smith by Rotarian Dave Roach. Marianne Hardesty of the American Red Cross awarded the ARC High School scholarship to Alysha Moran.
In March, 2014, Vantage Welding junior Robbie Seffernick lost his life in a car accident. His family has established the Robbie Seffernick Memorial Award to be presented to a junior Welding student. This year, there were two recipients – Brooke Brown (Van Wert) and Hunter Blankemeyer (Lincolnview).
All student scholarship recipients were recognized at the Awards Assembly. This year, Vantage students received over $200,000 in scholarships to continue their education. Also honored were national BPA contestants, state skill contestants, National Technical Honor Society members, students receiving academic awards, students with perfect attendance, and student ambassadors.
CONGRATULATIONS to the Vantage Career Center class of 2015!
Arik Mitchener, a senior in the Ag & Industrial Power Tech program, accepts the Josh Ralston Memorial Scholarship from Josh’s father, Scott.
Vantage Team Visits
written by Staci Kaufman, Superintendent
The 2013 Haiti team returned safely a few days ago, and
accomplished much good work in the past week. The Vantage Interact Club,
affiliated with the Van Wert Rotary Club, sponsors a carpentry program
in the mountain village of Borde, Haiti. Vantage students raise funds
throughout the school year to pay the carpentry teacher's salary ($100
per month) and furnish supplies and hand tools for the students. The
furniture made by the carpentry program is sold in Cap Haitien, Haiti,
and the funds are returned to the customer service account to buy more
|“What We Did on Our Spring Break”|
Spring break will hold special memories for 3 members of the Vantage
Interact Club and their advisor. Club Advisor, Ms. Peg Bollenbacher,
Interact Club President, senior Danielle Taylor (Lincolnview), senior
Tiffany Hahn (Paulding) and junior Samantha Spangler (Wayne Trace) all
travelled to Cap Haitian, Haiti. The purpose of this trip was to deliver
hand tools for the Vantage carpentry class in Bordes. This year, 10
Haitian students graduated from the carpentry class that is sponsored
and sustained by the Vantage Interact Club and their Rotary partners.
Since Haiti is the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, it is
necessary for the Club to not only teach the Haitians a skill, but to
also provide the hand tools.
The Interact Club also collected and delivered 20 boxes of medical equipment and supplies, which was given to a Haitian medical clinic that treats orphans for free. While they were there, Bollenbacher and the students worked to sort the tools and medical supplies. They also visited the carpentry class at Bordes, Haiti, where the carpentry students, told the Americans to continue the educational program because it is just too important to end. “Seeing what little they had at their school made me feel very fortunate for what we have. They don’t focus on what they don’t have, but are grateful for what they DO have,” said Tiffany. On Easter Sunday, a graduation ceremony was held, at which diplomas and hand tools were distributed to the graduates.
The Vantage crew spent the week visiting friends, exchanging educational and cultural ideologies and visiting Haitian historical sites. At Milot, Haiti, the team visited Christophe’s Palace. The Haitians built the palace in appreciation of Christophe’s leadership to repel the French from Haiti. The palace was destroyed by an earthquake around 1840. The students were impressed with the Haitian’s ability to carve and their other art work. As a reward for their labor throughout the week, the team spent a day at the beach, near Labadee, Haiti.
usual, the students were initially shocked at the standard of living
that Haitians must endure. It is difficult to imagine what daily life is
like in Haiti. No running water, sewage systems, garbage pick-up or
traffic laws, were just a few of the things that Haitians live with
every day. Danielle said, “Looking out the window of the plane when we
first arrived, and only seeing shacks and garbage, I just wanted to cry.
But the people are nothing like what they live with – they are amazing
and so friendly.”
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