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Cosmetology  introduces students to providing beauty services such as shampooing, cutting, coloring and styling hair as well as manicures, pedicures and specialized nail services to their clients.  Students operate Avantage - the Vantage hair salon - two days a week and serve local clients. Upon completion of the program and meeting the requirements of the Ohio State Board of Cosmetology, students are eligible to take the state examination prior to graduation.   Students will learn to 
  • Create, cut, style, color and recommend hair designs for clients in the state licensed school hair salon
  • Use advanced techniques to deliver a wide-range of skin care and nail treatments
  • Experience working in a full-service salon environment


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Potential Careers
  • Stylist
  • Nail Technician
  • Spa Technician
  • Product Educator/Sales
Industry Certifications
Eligible for State of Ohio Cosmetology License pending passage of State Board exam. 
OSHA 10 hour General Industry 
Career Technical Student Organization 
College Credit Options
Vantage Career Center has partnered with Northwest State Community College to offer courses both online and in our building. These are part of College Credit Plus. Students can also opt to attend local campuses to meet academic requirements. Contact Student Services for more information.  
Career Pathways
A Career Pathway is a collective look at education and training, wage and outlook information for related occupations.  The Vantage Cosmetology program can be part of the Career Pathways listed below. Whether a student is interested in going to college, getting a certificate or working right after high school, career pathways can be customized for any ambition or plan.  
These career pathways were developed around Ohio’s in-demand occupations, according to the July 2015 In-Demand Occupations. Secondary and post-secondary courses reflect career-tech programs approved by the Ohio Department of Education and Ohio Board of Regents. For additional career planning resources, visit
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Contact Us
Please contact any of the individuals listed below to get more information about the program. 
Amy Grothouse
Amy Grothouse
Cosmetology, Jr.
Office: 419-238-5411 x 2134
Susie Smith
Susie Smith
Cosmetology, Sr.
Office: 419-238-5411 x 2177
Paula VanTilburg
Paula VanTilburg
Career Tech Supervisor
Office: 419-238-5411 x 2146
Tonya Temple
Tonya Temple
Student Services Coordinator
Office: 419-238-5411 x 2160
vantage career center
Address: 818 N Franklin St. Van Wert, OH 45891  |  Phone: (419) 238-5411
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