Vantage students gave demonstrations Monday evening during the annual Vantage Open House and Taste of Vantage event. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
Vantage students gave demonstrations Monday evening during the annual Vantage Open House and Taste of Vantage event. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
 VAN WERT – Vantage Career Center held its annual Open House and Taste of Vantage on Monday where many adults and teens came to look at what Vantage has to offer. In addition, colleges, businesses, and restaurants were in attendance for the event.

“We have a little bit of everybody here,” said Vantage Community Relations Coordinator Miriam Owens. “We have businesses that do apprenticeships and internships. We have colleges and those who do college credit plus. Vantage students aren’t just leaving here with a work-force career in mind, they are here for a future that is going to take them far further than that to advance their skills.”

One option for students is to continue their training through the adult education programs offered at Vantage. Students can enroll in adult education courses while still in high school.

This means they can leave high school with extra training. Owens noted that taking that course is on the rise for many high school students.

“Our current seniors have the opportunity to enroll in adult education classes prior to graduation,” said Owens. “We have students that are enrolled in EMT, or they go through their Firefighter I training, or they do their Class A CDL license, and they come through with a certification and license upon graduation. So, they are ahead of the game.”

“Adult education is really interesting in the fact that it doesn’t just cater programs to adult students but it hooks up with businesses,” added Owens. “We can do customized training with businesses so their employees have a better skill set developed coming back into their buildings.”

Going into the 2020-2021 school year, Vantage will have 18 different high school programs for juniors and seniors to choose from. One of those is Network Systems, which senior Student Ambassador Shiann Kraft of Lincolnview is a part of.

On Sophomore Visit Day, Kraft looked at Electricity and Culinary Arts but ultimately decided on Network Systems because of her lab teacher, who mentioned that students would be looking at different forms of software and hardware.

“I’m a teenager; I love technology and I wanted to learn about it,” said Kraft.

Kraft said Vantage has prepared her for her future and she is grateful she has had the opportunity to attend.

“Vantage has definitely changed my life; I’m getting a head-start on my career, saving time and saving money knocking out classes for college,” said Kraft. “I’m definitely building relationships. I can do early job placement and am getting a head-start on that.”

Kraft also praised Vantage for the clubs she is able to join. Kraft is part of Interact Club and is a Student Ambassador. She said she still feels a connection with her homeschool because she is part of the bowling team.

After graduation, Kraft plans to attend UNOH for system administration and security and will bowl for the UNOH Racers through a scholarship.

Monday’s event is heavily student lead. Student Ambassadors help guests find rooms they are looking for, while many students volunteered to stay after school to provide demonstrations in their labs.

Guests of the event were able to enjoy food from eight different food services including the Vantage Culinary Arts, Baked To Perfection, The Creamery, Moose Landing, Black Angus, Millie’s Cafe, Tim’s Backyard BBQ, and Square Guys Deli.