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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Another week is mostly over, and much activity surrounds us as we bring the school year to a close. I was up on the roof today to get a look at the new membrane, skylight openings, and drains for our new underground water retention system. Stay tuned for pictures to be posted on my blog!The view looks different from the roof top!

Inside the building, much renovation is taking place--concrete is being sealed for moisture abatement under our new science classrooms, and masonry has started to construct the walls in the new student services and clinic area. The math classrooms are also beginning to take shape. The current phases, 4 North and 4 South, and phase 5 are scheduled for completion so we can occupy for school's start in early September. Contractors are on schedule to date, and things are looking good for Phase 6, which will house the central office administration to be complete in December this year. Construction continues to be exciting!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Today is a busy one! Vantage is hosting its first Advanced Manufacturing Day in three career-technical education training shops all day today. Our $35 million complete renovation and construction project has eight months until completion, (it is an 18-month construction project), but our new shops in Welding, Precision Machining, and Industrial Mechanics are open for area employers to tour today. State of the art equipment has been purchased for all nine trade and industry shops, however, and plans are being made to host open houses in other training areas in the next year.

Over 100 employers from the northwest Ohio area are expected to visit--many of whom employ our CTE high school students upon completion of two years of training with us. While some schools are seeing reduced interest in trades like precision machining and welding, we are going strong at Vantage. Employers know the quality of our students' work and seek these students when openings occur. As an example, have placed over 80 students with one manufacturing employer over the past 10 years.

Vantage Career Center is one of 49 career centers in Ohio, serving juniors and seniors from 13 area high schools. Students come for training in one of 16 different trades programs, including carpentry, electricity, culinary arts, ag diesel mechanics, cosmetology, health technology, and early childhood education, to name a few. We serve all the high schools in Paulding county, Van Wert county, the western half of Putnam county, and the Parkway district in Mercer county. Vantage also contracts with the city of Delphos and Delpho St. John districts to provide career-technical training.

Check out the Vantage website at! We are proud to teach manufacturing and other trades skills to serve the employment needs in northwest Ohio.