2019 Vantage Board Members. Front: Michelle Gorman (Lincolnview), Debby Compton (Van Wert), Kim Wannemacher (Ottoville). Middle: Pat Baumle (Wayne Trace), Cliff Wieging (Ft. Jennings), Tom Lyons (Parkway). Back: Greg von der Embse (Kalida), Dennis Recker (Antwerp), Lonnie Nedderman (Crestview), and Ron Bradford (Continental). Not pictured is Brian Egnor (Paulding). (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
2019 Vantage Board Members. Front: Michelle Gorman (Lincolnview), Debby Compton (Van Wert), Kim Wannemacher (Ottoville). Middle: Pat Baumle (Wayne Trace), Cliff Wieging (Ft. Jennings), Tom Lyons (Parkway). Back: Greg von der Embse (Kalida), Dennis Recker (Antwerp), Lonnie Nedderman (Crestview), and Ron Bradford (Continental). Not pictured is Brian Egnor (Paulding). (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)

VAN WERT – During Thursday’s regular Vantage Board Meeting, Community Relations Coordinator Miriam Owens reported on several upcoming events that will be held at Vantage, including their annual open house and Taste of Vantage Event.

“This event is mainly geared toward our incoming sophomores that want to apply to Vantage,” said Owens. “However, it is also for seniors that are graduating that want to continue their education at our OTC programs. It’s also for adults who want to advance their skill sets in any of our OTC programs. We encourage [the public] in all of the communities that we serve to come and participate in this event.”

The open house and Taste of Vantage will take place on Monday, Feb. 25 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

The event will feature Brewed Expressions, Black Angus on Main, Gibson’s Barnyard BBQ, Millie’s Cafe, The Creamery, and the Vantage Culinary Arts students.

The event will also give both high school and adult students a chance to see what Vantage has to offer. Demonstrations will take place, and local employers will also be present.

“This is a chance to not only speak with our instructors, not only speak current students with alumni but with employers related to that field,” said Owens.

As far as future events, Owens noted that the career center is looking forward to the All Boards Dinner and Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. A committee has already chosen the inductees, but they have not been announced yet.

Owens said Vantage will also be gearing up to take applications from juniors who could be Student Ambassadors next year.

In other business, Superintendent Rick Turner gave an update on a legislative seminar the career center attended recently.

“We were able to speak with all of our legislators, and we spent a considerable time with two of them,” said Turner. “[We] asked of them to support both the general fund and the OTC and the new biannual budget line items. We also asked for support for the Career Technical Education de-regulation bill that is currently in process.”

Tuner also discussed the positive things happening at Vantage with the legislators, including the issuance of 807 industry-recognized credentials last year, the CDL program, a two-day middle school summer camp, the new fire charter, and more.

“Our legislators are very supportive of Vantage Career Center and our efforts to train up a skilled workforce,” added Turner.

Both high school director Tony Unverferth and OTC director Missy McClurg gave updates on the happenings of their students.

Unverferth noted that the sophomore visit day took place on Wednesday and within 24 hours, Vantage had already received 121 applications for next school year.

McClurg noted that the OTC is working with Jobs Ohio on a proposal to offer stackable CNC machining and welding programs for next year.

McClurg also announced that the OTC has been working with the Business Advisory Council and will be sponsoring an Education on Location event. Twenty to 25 teachers from Vantage, Lincolnview, Crestview and Van Wert will be offered an opportunity to go to businesses and manufacturers in another area to learn and relate the content of what they are teaching to what they are seeing in the workforce. The teachers will then bring that knowledge back to their students.

Also during the meeting, the following motions were made:

- Approved the employment of Jennifer Warnecke as Medical Assistant Instructor, Angela Wolford as Practical Nursing Program Instructor, and Jean Sullivan as a Licensed Practical Nurse Administrator/Instructor.

- Accepted the donation of various cylinders and forklift parts, valued at $3,316.00, to the Ag and Industrial Power program from CROWN Equipment, Celina, Ohio. A special thanks was given to Derek Waterman (CROWN) for lining up the donation.

- Final reading and approval of NEOLA revised policy.

Several trips were also approved during the meeting.

With no further business, the Board went into executive session to discuss matters required to be kept confidential by Federal or State law. After emerging from executive session, the Board acted to approve the Board of Education designee’s recommendation regarding a student expulsion appeal.

The Board then adjourned. The next Vantage Board of Education meeting is set for Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m. in the District Conference Room.