Vantage Career Center students have been in school for three weeks so far; our attendance record is excellent at 96.9% for the month of August. Career Technical Education Director Bob Vennekotter shared this information with our Board of Education at last night's meeting, noting that starting school earlier than usual on August 16 had not affected student attendance.
Several community members have asked how enrollment looks this year at Vantage--yesterday's numbers were 465 high school students, which is a very solid start for 2010-11. Vantage continues to draw about 25 percent of our associate school districts' juniors and seniors. The most fully enrolled programs are Auto Mechanics, Industrial Mechanics, Networking Systems, Welding, Auto Body, Health Technology and Cosmetology. Electricity enrollment of the junior class is also higher than in past years, at 16 students.
Vantage hosts a student appreciation day annually, to thank our students for choosing Vantage. This is scheduled for September 9, and offers fun activities outside on the grounds to help students meet others from neighboring districts, experience the thrill of competition and the agony of defeat as they enjoy outdoor games and the annual tug - of -war challenge. Student and staff picture day is September 14. Vantage will offer a Pancake and Sausage Breakfast on Saturday, September 25, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. $3 is all it takes to enjoy a hot breakfast cooked by our staff members that morning!
Stop by the Vantage booth at the Van Wert County Fair this week and pick up a new Adult Education course catalog. Adult Education enrollment has continued to grow--over 1900 adults in our area enrolled in a course at Vantage last year. Enjoy the Labor Day holiday weekend, and I hope to see you at the fair!