DHI Media Staff Writer

VAN WERT – Vantage Career Center held a short board of education meeting prior to their 40th annual All Boards Dinner on Thursday.

Superintendent Staci Kaufman announced that Vantage has a few job openings following the retirement resignations of both Brenda Wurst and Mary Ann Hall. The positions are for a Building and Grounds aide and a career technical supervisor.

A third position that is available is for an additional intervention specialist, as Vantage is looking to expand to make sure their case loads are within the legal limit.

The employment of Zacharia Miller as the criminal justice program instructor was approved by the board. Miller is a Vantage alum as well as a graduate of the Ohio Technical Center’s Police Academy program.

The board also approved the following for employment or contract renewal: Diane Font, medical office management; Ray Gibson, social studies; Larry Davis, auto technology; David Delano, construction equipment technology; Samantha Heckler, intervention specialist; Susan Smith, senior cosmetology; Wendy Baumle, senior health technology; and Mel White, electricity.

Also approved was a list of Ohio Technical Center instructors: Mary Roof, medical assistant; Tami Blanton, medical assistant; and Brett Jacob, welding instructor and certified welding inspector.

Kaufman reported that progress on offering a licensed practical nursing program through the Ohio Technical Center at Vantage is on schedule and the state nursing board has received the program intent documentation.

Director Tony Unverferth reported that he and Darrell Miller hosted several home-school principals for a meeting to discuss House Bill 410 and other new challenges on March 23.

The Manufacturing Open House is being held on April 19. A large turnout is expected and organizers are excited the various industry representatives will be able to see Vantage students “in action.”

Ohio Technical Center director Pete Prichard reported he is waiting on ACCSC to approve the truck driving program. The last step will be with the US Department of Education. Chuck Peters is in the process of becoming a certified logistics instructor.

Vantage has received the Lab Volt Wind Nacelle Trainer curriculum. The career center is reaching out to other area educational providers that offer industrial maintenance programs and electrical programs for articulations so Vantage can provide nacelle specialist training. This strategy is intended to attract more people to the wind turbine technician field.