Sentinel Career Center

Reclaim It holds open house

IMG_20180618_114753_2.jpgA new establishment opening in downtown Tiffin later this year is holding an open house to highlight major renovations to the interior and exterior of 127 S. Washington St. Reclaim It is a charitable organization partnering with a wide variety of community businesses and organizations to uniquely refurbish household items for resale to benefit and empower local youth.

Karen Klepper is spearheading the initiative along with a board of 11 comprising community educators and leaders, as well as a youth advisory board made up of 11 college and high school students. “The greatest tool we have here is the youth board,” Klepper said. “They are the ones that will actually make the changes.”

Building trades instructor with Sentinel Career Center Aaron Thompson, who, along with his students, assisted in the renovation of the building added, “The kids act as mentors, but they still need mentors. Everyone gets something.”

Through furniture, creativity, story, community interaction, and group meals, Klepper hopes to create a safe and supportive environment for youth in our community to gather and learn both soft and hard skills, with the assistance of mentors.

“I am absolutely amazed by the community I live in,” Klepper said. “For all of the painful stories, there are more positive ones, and people who want to roll up their sleeves and make a difference and doing it for the right reasons. If we (in Seneca County) can’t change things, no one can. We are small enough to be manageable, but big enough to reflect others’ issues.”

Sentinel program places in Elite 50 for second year in a row

elite 50.jpgThe Sentinel Career and Technology Center Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management program has been named an Elite 50 Hospitality Program by Sullivan University for the second year in a row.

High school and tech center programs excelling in the areas of culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, and/or hospitality management across the nation are considered for the Elite 50. Some are state and national award winners from ProStart, SkillsUSA and Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). Emphasis is also placed on strong hospitality enrollment and community involvement.

The Sentinel program was transitioned to Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management at the start of the 2014-2015 academic year. The program has been recognized by the National Restaurant Association OH ProStart as a program of distinction for the past three years, and instructor Valerie Zeno has been recognized by the National Restaurant Association OH ProStart as a teacher of distinction for three years. Zeno was also recognized as the OH ProStart Educator of Excellence in OH in February of 2017 and by the National Restaurant Association as a National Educator of Excellence.

 All students enrolled in the program earn their ProStart certificate of achievement and ServSafe Food Handler and Manager certification, as well as complete over 200 hours of paid work experience in the culinary and hospitality management industry.  The culinary and hospitality management program is very active in the local community and completes hundreds of community and service learning hours throughout the year.

The Vanguard Tech Center in Fremont also appeared on the Elite 50 list.

About the Elite 50
The Elite 50 list is comprised of high schools and tech centers that excel in the areas of culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, and/or hospitality management. Some are state and national competition winners from ProStart, SkillsUSA and Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). We also conducted research to establish schools with strong hospitality enrollment and influence in their community. Included are many schools we specifically paid visits to that we deemed to have strong hospitality studies programs.

About Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers
Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers have been providing quality career technical education since 1968.  The district provides students with specific, marketable skills to begin a career, pursue further training or attend college.  For more information about any of our programs, or to apply to be a student, visit www.vsctc.org.

2017 Sentinel’s most successful year yet

sentinel logoThe 2016-2017 school year was another record setter for Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers. The stats for the Tiffin campus are astounding:

August 2016 – May 2017

  • 96% Skill Attainment/WebXam (CTE end of course exam) passage rate among 2017 graduates.
  • 99% 12pt. industrial credential passage rate among 2017 graduates. Industrial Credential Examples: Pro Start, NATEF/ASE, NCCER, NIMS, AWS, STNA, APCO-911, to name only a few.
  • 94% or higher retention rate from the first day of school to the last.
  • 2016-2017 total enrollment: 532, with 180 Career Technology Education graduates.
  • 2017 placement rate: 50% Career, 35% College (2/4 year/or apprenticeship program) & 15% military.
  • 43 State Champions among career technical student organizations (SkillsUSA, FFA & Educators Rising).

Sentinel Career & Technology Center Director Elissa Heal is looking forward to another successful school year this fall, expanding business and industry relationships and offering new outlets for students.

“Continuing to strengthen relationships with the business community is a priority at Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers,” she said. “Each of our 15 career programs have a business advisory team made up of industry/educational representatives from their career field. Offering high quality career technical education to students in our community is a top priority.”

Expanding upon character education – one of the pillars of all VSCTC programs – Drug Free Clubs will be offered starting this fall in addition to other programs designed to serve both the students and community.  VSCTC is also rolling out the “Bronze-Platnum” program model, which will expand options for students and provide opportunities to area businesses and industries. The program is still in development; more information will be provided this fall.

About VSCTC
Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers have been providing quality career technical education since 1968.  The district provides students with specific, marketable skills to begin a career, pursue further training or attend college.  For more information about programs, or to apply to be a student, visit www.vsctc.org.

Experience the Home Expo this weekend

SCHBAThis Friday through Sunday, the Heminger Center on Tiffin University’s campus will be full of activity as the Seneca County Home Builders Association (SCHBA) hosts their annual Home Expo.

Forty different local and regional vendors will be attending to offer their time and services to the community. Since moving to the Heminger Center three years ago, the Home Expo has expanded to showcase builders, real estate agents, banks, landscaping services, appliances and insurance providers.

These businesses are represented by their advisors and managers, showcasing their newest products and services, and the Expo is an excellent opportunity to take your time to ask all of your questions and really get to know them.

In addition to the wonderful array of featured vendors, this year there will be various activities throughout the weekend, for both adults and children (See provided schedule). Raffle tickets will be sold to enter for a chance to win a backyard shed or children’s playhouse, both provided by Building Construction Trades students at Sentinel Career & Technology Center in Tiffin.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, March 4, 6pm to 9pm

Saturday, March 5, Noon to 8pm

  • 12:30- 3:30pm: Face-paint, nails and hair-braiding provided by Sentinel Cosmetology
  • 12-4pm: Kids’ Building Projects provided by Lowe’s
  • 4-8pm: Wine Tasting provided by Ralph’s Joy of Living

Sunday, March 6, Noon to 4pm

  • 12:30-3:30pm: Face-paint, nails and hair-braiding provided by Sentinel Cosmetology

All Weekend

  • Children’s Bounce House
  • Raffle Tickets
  • Remote-Control Airplanes provided by the RC Modelers Club

Hannah Taulbee – Heidelberg Student and SIEDC Intern