antage Career Center director Benjamin Winans (middle) updates the school board on fall application numbers. (Sam Shriver/DHI Media)

VAN WERT — The Vantage Career Center Board of Education met for its March meeting on Thursday.

Director Benjamin Winans reported to the board that recent efforts to showcase the school are paying off with higher application numbers.

“I think between our Sophomore Visit Day, which we did on February 2, we had 850 students in the building and then our open house evening where students were able to come back with their parents, meet the instructors, tour the building, see what it’s like here each day and I think the employers that were here it was valuable for the parents to be able to see that once their student comes here, there’s an opportunity for them to then go into the workforce and be gainfully employed,” Winans said.

Winans was excited about the increased interest in the school.

“We’ve seen this year, compared to last year an uptick in the number of applications that were received at this point. We’ve gotten 344 applications from sophomores at our home schools so that is just a little bit more than what we’ve seen in the past,” Winans said.

Winans indicated that five areas already have a waiting list including criminal justice, health technology, welding, cosmetology, and early childhood development.

Vantage staffers will now sift through the applications to select the students that will be admitted to the various programs in the fall.

The board also heard from Larry Davis the Auto Tech Instructor at Vantage as well as students Jayce Schimmoeller (Lincolnview High School) and Athena Fetters (Parkway High School).

Davis outlined what the students learn in both their junior and senior years and the students discussed why they’re involved in the program.

In other business the board:

• Approved employment contracts with:

— Angie Fahy, 3 years, as Adult Education Director.

— Philip Saunders, $24/ Adult Education CDL Instructor.

— Madeline Schroeder, $25.50/hr as Adult education PNP Instructor.

• Approve a change of time for the Vantage Career Center Board of Education regular monthly meetings as follows:

— Thursday, March 2, 2023- 6:30 p.m.

— Thursday, April 13, 2023- 5:15 p.m.

— Preceding All Boards Dinner/Meeting at Vantage.

— Thursday, May 4, 2023- 6:30 p.m.

— Thursday, June 1, 2023- 6:30 p.m.

— Thursday, June 22, 2023- 6:30 p.m. (July meeting).

— Thursday, August 3, 2023 – 6:30 p.m.

— Thursday, September 7, 2023 – 6:30 p.m.

— Thursday, October 5, 2023 – 6:30 p.m.

— Thursday, November 2, 2023 – 6:30 p.m.

— Thursday, December 7, 2023 – 6:00 p.m. (preceding holiday dinner).

• Approved the overnight stay for SkillsUSA State contestants in Columbus, Ohio from April 24, 2023, through April 26, 2023.

• Approve out-of-state and overnight travel for Terri Schmenk, Adult Education Customized Training Instructor to Rochester Hills, MI to attend the Level 2 Fanuc Training on May 21, 2023, through May 26, 2023.

• Approve the 2023-2024 Permanent Improvement Equipment purchase list.

• Approve the 2023-2024 GEER Equipment purchase list.

• Approve the Adult Education Program Cost Sheets for the 2023-2024 school year.

• Accept the resignation from Nancy Keith, Educational Aide, effective Thursday, June 1, 2023.

• Accept the resignation from Brian Stahl, 2nd Shift Custodian, effective Friday, March 10, 2023.

• Approve an out-of-state field trip for Wendy Baumle, Sports Exercise Therapy Instructor, and students to Fort Wayne TinCaps Baseball Complex and Sports One Ice Arena in Fort Wayne, Indiana on April 21, 2023.

The board did go into executive session to discuss personnel matters. No action was taken.

The board’s next meeting will be at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 13 in the District Conference Room followed by the Annual Vantage All Boards Program at 6 p.m. in the commons area.