VAN WERT – On Nov. 3, Vantage Career Center will ask voters to consider renewing a 5-year, 0.7-mill permanent improvement levy that was first approved in 1996. Since this levy is a renewal, it will not increases taxes for the property owners in the Vantage district, except for those in the Delphos City School district. Delphos City Schools became a member of the Vantage district this year. This levy will replace the cost of a negotiated contract Delphos previously held with Vantage to provide career technical services to their students.

Vantage Superintendent Rick Turner noted that voting for this renewal levy will cost a taxpayer with a home valued at $50,000 approximately $5.11/annually and a home valued at $100,000 will cost approximately $10.23/annually to support this levy.

“A fair question to ask is what that investment of $10.23 per year on a $100k home will mean for you?” Said Turner. “This levy provides Vantage just over $700,000 annually to purchase equipment to keep our labs up to date so we can train high school and adult students for the skills area employers tell us they need.”

Healthcare workers and public safety servants are examples of the essential workers Vantage provides training for. Turner noted that having up to date, modern equipment is essential for Vantage to train people so they can get the critical certifications and licenses needed to staff local healthcare facilities, local fire departments, and local police departments.

The number of certifications Vantage has issued annually to students has increased significantly in recent years.

Certifications/licenses issued to Vantage students:

2017 - 593 credentials issued

2018 - 807 credentials issued

2019 - 1044 credentials issued

“A breakdown of those credentials tells an important story regarding the value to you and to the community as a whole,” said Turner. “Within those numbers, 29 are practical nurses, 203 are state tested nurse aides (STNA), 14 are level I firefighters, 12 are emergency medical technicians, and 19 are Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA) certified.”

As Vantage begins their 45th year in the community, Turner is thanking residents for their support.

“The community has provided tremendous support for Vantage over the years which allows us to train essential workers with a well-equipped, state of the art training facility,” he said. “The Return on Investment for you includes well trained, certified health and safety services personnel available to support our community. A vote ‘yes’ for this levy renewal will be no new taxes (except for Delphos City School district) for the property owners in the Vantage district.”

Turner encouraged those with questions to contact him. He can be reached at 419-238-5411 or by email: