Vantage Career Center

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Frequently Asked Questions
1) How can I check my student's grades?
Vantage Career Center uses a system called "progress book". A letter was recently sent out explaining the process of checking your student's grades using the progress book system. The letter included the web site, a student ID, and a password. If you did not receive that letter, please contact the school at 419-238-5411 ext 2032.

2) How many days is my student allowed to take for a college visit?
We hope that the student would be able to visit campuses and/or military during the summer, weekends or non-school days. However, we realize that isn't always possible. Please refer to the handbook for a description of when and how visits should be arranged.

3) How many days is my student allowed to take for a military visit?
We hope that the student would be able to visit campuses and/or military during the summer, weekends or non-school days. However, we realize that isn't always possible. Please refer to the handbook for a description of when and how visits should be arranged.

4) When should my son/daughter begin applying for college?
All senior students should begin applying for college in the fall. The regular process should be to take the ACT's during the junior year and again at the beginning of the senior year. Visit the colleges you are interested in. Narrow your choices down to one or two, and then begin applying to your favorites. Pay close attention to the application deadlines. All schools have different deadlines.

5) Does my son/daughter take the ACT or the SAT test?
Students in this area generally take the ACT test. Almost every college in the mid-west will accept results from the ACT test. It is always good to check with the colleges you are interested in to see what tests they require.

6) What is the writing portion of the test?
It is an optional 30-minute essay test that measures writing skills emphasized in high school English classes and in entry level college composition courses. Taking the writing test does not affect students' scores on the multiple-choice tests or their Composite score. The student will receive two additional scores: a Combined English/Writing score on a scale of 1 -36 and a Writing subscore on a scale of 2 -12.

7) When is the next ACT test?
These are the following test dates for the ACT for 2018-2019: October 27, December 8, 2018, February 9, 2019, April 13 and June 8, 2019.

8) What scholarships are available for my son/daughter?
There are many scholarships available nationwide through sources like FastWeb.com and others. However, the competition for those scholarships is very competitive and also involves students throughout the entire United States. I have broken down many local scholarships that are available to students only in our area. They are all listed under the "Student Services" header on our webpage and then look under "Scholarships". Please be aware of the scholarship deadlines that I have listed for each individual scholarship.

9) What other financial aid help is available for college?
All college bound students must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This application can not be filled out until October 1st. After filling out the FAFSA, you will be notified of your expected family contribution (EFC). The EFC is a measure of your family's financial strength and indicates how much of your family's financial resources should be available to help pay for your education. The EFC is calculated from the information you report on the FAFSA. There are three categories of federal student aid: grants, workstudy and loans. Grants = financial aid that doesn't have to be repaid. Work-study = allows you to earn money for your education. Loans = allow you to borrow money for your education. You must repay your loans, with interest. There is a book available in student services that is titled "Funding Education Beyond High School" that explains financial aid and paying for college. This book is free to all students.

10) What is the FAFSA that I hear about?
This is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This is the application that you fill out to apply for financial aid from the government. Applying for federal student aid is FREE; There are a lot of scams out there that are asking you to pay. NEVER pay when you fill out the FAFSA. If you need help filling out the FAFSA, that help is free too. Please avoid all scams by never giving out credit card information, never paying a fee or giving out bank information.

11) Who is my child's school counselor?
The school counselor for Vantage Career Center is Mr. Jim Fisher. Mr. Mike Knott is the supervisor for student services and is also available to talk with your student about any questions they may have. Mrs. McConahay will also be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the year to assist your student.

12) What are the actual duties of the school counselor?
The more important question is "How are the students different because of what our school counselors do?" Our mission is to facilitate each student's personal/social, academic and career development through the counselors' delivery of guidance and counseling activities as well as through a collaborative effort between the home, school and community. The ultimate objective is to help students identify their interests and abilities, promote dependability, self-expression and control, accurate decision making and conflict resolution skills. We are trying to make the students more productive citizens and able to participate in a global society as responsible citizens.

13) Does my son/daughter need an appointment to see the counselor?
No, however the counselor is quite busy and may be out of the office at any time. He is visiting the labs so he can interact with your sons and daughters and build relationships with them. If the counselor is not in his office when your child stops by, the student services secretary will leave a note for the counselor to see that student ASAP. As soon as the counselor returns to his office, he will call your son or daughter down. If the school counselor is in the office, he will stop whatever he is doing to make time for your child.

14) Why am I not getting any mailings from Vantage?
There are a couple reasons that this could be happening. When your student started here at Vantage, they filled out a form with their mailing address. If this address has changed, and we were not informed, this could be one of the reasons. If your student did not give a second address (in the case of a divorced parent) then that is another reason why you may not be getting any mailings. We could have the wrong address in our database. These are just a few of the reasons, however, if you are not receiving any mailings, please contact student services and we will fix the problem.

15) Are the grade cards mailed home?
This year, the grade cards will no longer be mailed home unless a call is made to Student Services (ext 2126) requesting that the cards be mailed. With all the grades being on-line now, we feel it is more efficient not to mail the grade cards home.

16) What time does school end everyday?
The bus students are dismissed at 2:34pm and the remaining students are dismissed at 2:40pm.

17) What is the last day of school?
The last scheduled day of school for the Seniors is May 20th. The last scheduled day of school for the Juniors is May 22nd. These dates can change if we go over on our school cancellations because of weather.

18) When are the End Of Course Exams (EOC)?
The first testing date is December 3rd through the 7th.  The date for the spring testing is April 23rd through 30th.

19) Is there help available to study for the EOC's?
YES!!! Vantage Career Center provides every opportunity available for our students to pass the EOC's. We provide extra help throughout the year on Wednesdays. During this time, the student can go to his/her teacher and work on EOC material. There is also a great link on the Ohio Department of Education web site that has sample test items and practice 

20) Does my son/daughter have to pass the EOC's?
According to the Ohio Department of Education, this years seniors have three (3) options for graduation. They can pass the EOC exams or earn an Industry Credential in their program and pass the "WorkKeys" exam, or earn a "remediation free" score on the ACT or SAT. The best suggestion is to go to the Ohio Department of Education website and read all the available options. 
Contact us
Tonya Temple
Tonya Temple
Student Services Coordinator
Office: 419-238-5411 x 2160
Jim Fisher
Jim Fisher
School Counselor
Office: 419-238-5411 x 2152
Mickey McConahay
Mickey McConahay
School Counselor
Office: 419-238-5411 x 2122
Lisa Yearling
Lisa Yearling
Student Services Secretary
Office: 419-238-5411 x 2126
vantage career center
Address: 818 N Franklin St. Van Wert, OH 45891  |  Phone: (419) 238-5411
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