VAN WERT — More than 700 sophomores from the participating Vantage schools spent two hours at the “new Vantage Career Center for Sophomore Visitation Day on Wednesday. Each sophomore had the opportunity to investigate and explore two different career technical programs of interest to them. During each one-hour visit, there were hands-on activities, demonstrations and presentations prepared especially for the sophomores.
Brittany Foust (Lincolnview) and Corey Meyer (Jefferson) team up to put their computer back together while in the Vantage Network Systems lab on Sophomore Visitation Day.
Vantage Cosmetology students prepared a style show for the 10th graders, while those visiting Welding and Auto Body got a chance to try out the new virtual welder and virtual painter. Students visiting Carpentry built and took home a DVD holder. In Auto Technology, students learned how to use the tire balancer and the rim clamp. Sophomores in Network Systems worked on Computer Modeling, programming, and internal computer components. This was a terrific opportunity for the sophomores to think about the different career fields available to them.
Below are a few frequently asked questions and answers about coming to high school at Vantage.
Q: Can I go to college after Vantage?
A: About 40 percent of Vantage graduates continue their education immediately after high school graduation at a two- or four-year college. Students are urged to check with their guidance counselor to be sure that all requirements are met.
Q: Can I participate in home school sports and activities?
A: YES! Students are encouraged to stay involved in extracurricular activities at their home school, such as sports, drama, etc. Vantage has very active student organizations - BPA (Business Professionals of America), FFA, FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America), and SkillsUSA, along with the Rotary Interact Club and Student Ambassadors.
Q: What is the tuition to attend Vantage?
A: Vantage Career Center is a public high school, open to 11th- and 12th-graders in the participating school districts. There is no tuition to attend Vantage. Each program has a fee of $75, which covers the cost of tools, supplies, equipment and one full uniform.
Q: When are applications due at Vantage?
A: Sophomore and junior students who are considering attending Vantage should be sure to check with their home school counselors for the Vantage enrollment deadline. Applications are due at Vantage in March. Students may continue to enroll throughout the spring and summer, however, first choice programs may already be filled. Vantage Career Center offers 16 different high school career-technical programs to choose from.