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Criminal Justice introduces students to the American criminal justice system, our laws, report writing, data processing, administration of justice, patrol techniques, first aid, business and industrial security, forensic science, radio communications, homeland security, dispatching, self-defense, public relations, and military drills. Students have the opportunity to earn several certifications toward their Ohio graduation requirements. Vantage also maintains a strong relationship with our local sheriff’s offices, police departments, and Ohio Highway patrol. Students will have the opportunity to work with these local agencies to gain insight and understanding into how they can better prepare for a career in keeping our area safe and secure.

The Criminal Justice program is a para-military program, with students required to purchase and wear uniforms with military style boots. A physical workout regimen is also part of the daily schedule, and a workout uniform (with athletic shoes) will also be required. Respect, patience, discipline, and organizational skills will be paramount in the Criminal Justice program at Vantage.
The students who complete the Criminal Justice program at Vantage will explore opportunities to work with security companies, local sheriff/police departments as dispatchers or corrections officers. Other students may choose to continue their education at postsecondary institutions or join the military. Further education may include Ohio Police Academy Training, two-year and four-year degree in Criminal Justice, or military training.


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Potential Careers
  • Emergency Dispatching
  • Alarm Response
  • Probation Parole Officer
  • Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers
  • Federal and State Law Enforcement Officers
  • Police Detective
  • Records Officer
  • United States Military
  • 911 Dispatcher
  • Armed Security
  • Private Investigations
Industry Certifications
National Incident Management System (NIMS)
OC Pepper Spray
ASP/BATON Certification
OSHA 10 hour General Industry
CPR/First Aid 
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 Criminal Justice 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. 
Zacharia Miller
Zacharia Miller
Criminal Justice
Office: 419-238-5411 x 2017
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
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Address: 818 N Franklin St. Van Wert, OH 45891  |  Phone: (419) 238-5411
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