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
“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.
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.
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
“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.
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.
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.