Rick Turner was appointed Vantage Career Center’s superintendent during Thursday night’s Board of Education meeting. (DHI Media/ Kirsten Barnhart)
Rick Turner was appointed Vantage Career Center’s superintendent during Thursday night’s Board of Education meeting. (DHI Media/ Kirsten Barnhart)
VAN WERT – Rick Turner has spent 32 years as the director of the adult education programs at Apollo Career Center and will now be Vantage Career Center’s superintendent.

A Van Wert County native, Turner grew up in Wren and graduated from Crestview High School in 1979. He also attended Vantage and was enrolled in the machine tool technology program.

“I’m one of thousands of high school and adult students that have went through Vantage that have been given tremendous opportunity as a result of my training here,” stated Turner. “I’m very honored to have this opportunity and proud to serve in this capacity.”

Turner noted that although the school has evolved since he was enrolled there, the culture of the people has stayed the same.

“It’s a wonderful district, it’s a wonderful opportunity and although it’s not the same career center I went to, it still has the same caring culture,” said Turner. “They make sure students succeed here.”

His connection to the district and his love for the school encouraged him to apply for the position.

Turner stated that he’s honored to be given the opportunity to serve as Vantage’s superintendent and hopes that he can help the school progress further into the future.

“I would like to continue the work that’s happened here to make it the career center of the future,” said Turner. “We continue to hear about the need for technical skills training. We continue to hear about how important a skilled workforce is for economic development.”

“Vantage can be a huge tool in that effort,” added Turner.

Vantage Teacher’s Organization representative, Brent Wright, spoke on behalf of the VTO about Turner’s employment.

“Right off the bat, I think you guys made a good choice,” Wright said addressing the Vantage Bored of Education during Thursday night’s meeting. “You (Turner) were my pick in the beginning. Welcome aboard.”

Wright noted that he cares about Vantage and is excited to see what Turner has to bring to the table for the future of Vantage.

Current Vantage Superintendent Staci Kaufman announced her resignation for the purpose of retirement in December to be effective in July. Turner’s appointment to the Vantage superintendent position will be effective Aug. 1, 2017, through July 31, 2020.

“I feel like I’m coming home,” said Turner of his appointment.