A group of potential incoming students and Vantage alumni speak with Instructor Kevin Van Oss and Counselor Jim Fisher in the Industrial Mechanics lab during the Vantage Open House, 2019. For more information about the Vantage Open House, contact student services at 419-238-5411 x2160. (Photos submitted)
A group of potential incoming students and Vantage alumni speak with Instructor Kevin Van Oss and Counselor Jim Fisher in the Industrial Mechanics lab during the Vantage Open House, 2019. For more information about the Vantage Open House, contact student services at 419-238-5411 x2160. (Photos submitted)

VAN WERT – Vantage Career Center will hold the annual Open House and “Taste of Vantage” event on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, from 5 – 7:30 p.m. to celebrate National Career and Technical Education Month, which runs through February.

The Open House will highlight both high school and adult education programs, and is open to the public.

“Vantage is excited to open our building to our local community members and business leaders we serve, who will have the opportunity to experience how our high school and adult students are being trained every day,” said Community Relations Coordinator Miriam Owens. “Prospective high school students and their parents, as well as interested adult learners, including graduating seniors, will be able to hear what career and college possibilities are available to them through Vantage programs. Local employers will be stationed throughout the building to speak with our guests. Any community member interested in gaining more knowledge about the various career and college pathways at Vantage should come to this event.”

Vantage high school and adult education instructors will be in their career technical labs, while students lead demonstrations of the technical skills they’ve gained.

Career technical education is a strong force that contributes to the support of the local economy. It allows students an opportunity to be career and college ready, graduating with industry certifications, college credit, and hands-on experience in their field. For graduating seniors and adults who are looking to continue their education, Vantage adult education programs provide an opportunity to advance your career path in a short amount of time, for a nominal amount of money.

The popular “Taste of Vantage” will be held in conjunction with the Open House. Eight area restaurants will be offering a delicious sampling of some of their most talked about cuisine. For just $5 at the door, you can purchase a strip of six tickets. One ticket will get you one food sample. All proceeds support the Vantage school-wide Student Activity Fund. Enjoy the popular grilled chicken wings from Millie’s Café in Ottoville. Taste a savory beef brisket slider with a variety of sauces from Square Guys Deli Italian Restaurant located in Delphos. Don’t miss a chance to enjoy the smoked pork loin and ham chunks from Tim’s Backyard BBQ and Catering from Fort Jennings. Fill your plate with amazing bacon wrapped bbq water chestnuts or bruschetta from Moose Landing of Kalida. Sample award winning ice cream from The Creamery of Delphos. Sample delicious mini beef manhattans from Van Wert’s Black Angus on Main. Warm up with a cup of coffee and a variety of sweet cookies from Baked to Perfection of Delphos. The Vantage Culinary Arts program will be serving their fabulous homemade Mexican chips and salsa. Don’t be late because the food goes fast!

DJ Ron Burt from Magic Moment Entertainment who will be the emcee for the evening and will continuously announce special demonstrations and activities going on throughout the building. Thank you to our Open House sponsors; Dark Horse Entertainment, Lange Photographics, Straley Realty and Auctioneers, Carey Insurance and Financial Services, APT Manufacturing Solutions, Lee Kinstle GM Sales and Service, Advanced Chassis, Cool Machines, Van Wert Health, VTF Excavation LLC, Walmart, and the United Way of Van Wert County.

To learn more about the Vantage Open House, visit vantagecareercenter.com or the Vantage Career Center Facebook Events page.

Vantage looks forward to seeing you Monday night, February 24 from 5 – 7:30 p.m.