Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Centers

Vanguard-Sentinel launches Telecommunications Tower Technician program

Husted approves programs at three schools

Press Release via the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation

COLUMBUS, Ohio – November 17, 2021 — Ohio Lieutenant Gov. Jon Husted, who serves as Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation (OWT), announced Nov. 17, the launch of Telecommunications Tower Technician Programs at North Central State College, Hocking College, and Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Center. This announcement is part of a larger effort by OWT and BroadbandOhio to grow the workforce needed to expand broadband access and 5G in Ohio.

The “Strengthening Ohio’s Broadband & 5G Workforce” Strategy, released in September, identifies the need for a skilled and prepared workforce to fill broadband and 5G jobs. The strategy outlines a plan for increasing broadband industry career awareness and creating more training and education programs in the state. The three Telecommunications Tower Technician Programs announced today will provide students with the knowledge and hands-on experience to start their careers in the telecommunications industry as a Telecommunications Tower Technician I.

“This is another example of how our administration is actively working to eliminate barriers to expanding Ohio’s broadband and 5G infrastructure,” said Lt. Governor Husted. “The Telecommunications Tower Technician programs will help address the workforce gap by providing students with the in-demand skills and experience needed to get a high-paying job with clear opportunities for advancement.”

Lt. Governor Husted traveled to North Central State College (NCSC) in Mansfield to promote the Telecommunications Tower Technician Program, which will launch in the Spring of 2022 at NCSC, Hocking College, and Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Center. The program is 240 hours and will cover a variety of topics, including safety, basic rigging and fall protection, principles of electricity, fiber optics, wireless technology, cell components, antenna basics, spectrum management and more.

“The Kehoe Center is perfect for the Tower Tech program,” said President Dorey Diab of North Central State College. “We have the space available and numerous laboratories already in place to support the training required. In addition, we’re excited to work with new industry partners to provide the qualified workforce they require. NC State is always striving to adapt to meeting the evolving needs of our regional partners. Tower Technicians will be highly skilled and provide the professionals who complete the program will have great careers.”

The State of Ohio identified the program as a plug-and-play model to bring to Ohio, worked to find the institutions that would host the program, and provided initial funding to help launch it.

“Hocking College is proud to be a pilot site for the Tower Technician 1 program in Southeast Ohio, partnering with the state to expand telecommunication training in Ohio and preparing Ohioans for good jobs in Appalachian Ohio,” said President Betty Young of Hocking College.

“We are excited to be part of the 5G broadband initiative in the state of Ohio and to establish a program in Northwest Ohio that will meet the workforce needs and will give students the opportunities to earn in-demand industry credentials and pathways to a great career,” said Superintendent Greg Edinger of Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Center.

“The Ohio Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation has worked closely with our industry to develop these first-class Telecommunications Tower Technician 1 (TTTI) programs that will ensure the Buckeye State’s educational system is graduating career-ready technicians,” said Todd Schlekeway, President & CEO of NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association. “The TTTI program curriculum that is being implemented in these designated Ohio schools will move the needle on the industry’s workforce needs by providing training courses that prepare students for rewarding careers in a rapidly growing industry without taking on college debt. NATE commends the State of Ohio for its leadership, and we thank Lt. Governor Husted for his continued support for our industry and for leading the nation with these important investments in critical workforce development programs.”

Today’s launch represents another project related to broadband expansion that builds upon efforts by Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted to expand and enhance high-speed internet access for businesses and families throughout Ohio.

The “Strengthening Ohio’s Broadband & 5G Workforce” Strategy can be found on the BroadbandOhio website.

Vanguard Sentinel chosen as pilot site for new state program

Just one of 12 sites in Ohio for High School Tech Internship Pilot Program

Press Release via Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers

Fremont, Ohio — Lt. Governor Jon Husted, in his capacity as Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, joined Ohio Development Services Agency Director Lydia Mihalik and Ohio’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria last week to announce a new pilot internship program that will help connect students with technology roles at Ohio businesses.  This program will have 12 pilot sites throughout the state of Ohio, and Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers has been named as one of these sites.

The High School Tech Internship pilot program is an opportunity for Ohio employers to hire high school interns and receive reimbursement for a portion of their wages. The goal of this pilot program is to connect Ohio’s high school students with technology roles and technology businesses in Ohio at an earlier age.  Businesses who are interested in hosting a student intern to be placed in a technology role that focuses on software, data, cloud and IT infrastructure, and cybersecurity should email Angie Morelock at for more information by May 17, 2021. 

“The incentive this program offers to local businesses to bring on a high-school age intern provides a wonderful opportunity for our students that have been trained and earned credentials in the Information Technology field,” explains Superintendent Greg Edinger.  “Often companies show hesitancy hiring high school students so we are thankful to Lt. Governor Husted for offering this incentive and for believing in our programming and students, and the role they play in the future.” 

In order for businesses to qualify for the wage reimbursement they must:

  • Submit documentation proving that the individual was employed for a minimum of 150 hours
  • Submit documentation proving that the individual was paid at least $12.00 per hour.
  • Employers can receive wage reimbursement for a maximum of four individuals per calendar year.
  • Employers can receive up to $1,250 in wage reimbursement for individuals 17 years of age or younger and up to $1,000 for individuals ages 18 and 19. 
  • Employers may receive an extra $100 in reimbursement if they can demonstrate the intern earned an industry credential recognized on the Innovative Workforce Incentive Program list by the time of the reimbursement request. 

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, visit  

Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers receives Partnership in Development Award

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 9, 2020Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers, opened in 1968, was recognized for their role in providing educational opportunities to youth and adults with the Partnership in Development Award by Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership during its 2020 Annual Meeting.

“Then-(Ohio Gov. Jimmy Rhodes) had this vision that if we could to bring in multiple partners together — our schools, our community members, our businesses partners — we could create a network of schools in one central location that would bring even more opportunities for students to get career training, workforce training and meet the demands of the workforce,” said Vanguard-Sentinel superintendent Greg Edinger.

The school has evolved over the past 50 years. Today, Vanguard-Sentinel serves more than 1,200 high school freshman to seniors, 700 more high schools through other satellite programs in the communities and 3,000 adult students in the Adult Technical Center.

The centers provide multiple opportunities to high school in short-term training or classes for one to four years, and offer opportunities for industry credentials for technical skill attainment, pre-apprenticeship opportunities, advanced placement in business of their choice.

Vanguard-Sentinel makes it a priroty to be involved with the community. In 2019, staff and stuents participated in 4,000 hours of community service.

“While there are always many new and exciting changes happening in the district, the one thing that has stayed constant and will not change is the importance of working hand-in-hand with our community and business and industry partners, and with that, being honored with this award just makes us all so proud here at Vanguard-Sentinel,” Edinger said.

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at

SkillsUSA Names 24 Schools as National Models of Excellence

The Vanguard Tech Center Honored as America’s Top SkillsUSA Program for 2019

Press release provided by Vanguard Sentinel Career & Technology Centers

Fremont, Ohio: — SkillsUSA recently named 24 SkillsUSA chapters as Models of Excellence for 2019. At the top level of SkillsUSA’s Chapter Excellence Program, these schools are recognized for the exceptional integration and application of personal, workplace and technical skills in their SkillsUSA chapter activities. This is the highest award bestowed on chapters by SkillsUSA, which is one of the largest student organizations for career and technical education. Vanguard Sentinel Career & Technology Centers (VSCTC) is excited to announce their Fremont campus (The Vanguard Tech Center) earned Model of Excellence for workplace skills.

“The Models of Excellence program represents the very best in chapter achievement and community involvement,” said Timothy W. Lawrence, executive director of SkillsUSA. “These students represent our future workforce and reflect the future of their communities. This is a tremendous honor for each school and validates these outstanding SkillsUSA programs as some of the best in the nation.”

As an honoree, VSCTC will participate in the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky., June 24-28. Activities include finalist interviews, an awards dinner at the Kentucky Derby Museum, and recognition at the SkillsUSA awards ceremony in front of more than 12,000 students, instructors and business leaders. The Chapter Excellence Program is provided in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor and Crescent Tools, a premier hand-tool brand from Apex Tool Group.

“We are honored to be part of this program,” said Curt Weber, senior director of brand management for Apex Tool Group. “These students possess the skills that every employer seeks, including leadership, initiative, communication, teamwork and problem solving. Their SkillsUSA instructors take the education of these students to the next level by elevating it from classroom instruction to successful application.” 

Other Ohio schools receiving the 2019 Models of Excellence award recognition include Buckeye Hills Career Center and Upper Valley Career Center.

The Chapter Excellence Program promotes the intentional learning of personal skills, workplace skills and technical skills grounded in academics, as outlined in the SkillsUSA Framework for student development. Specific characteristics defined within each skill area help ensure tangible benchmarks for student achievement and chapter programming. Achievement is measured by the effectiveness of students’ efforts in implementing essential workplace skills including personal responsibility, integrity, work ethic and organization in chapter activities. The hands-on approach of this program actualizes the SkillsUSA mission of empowering members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.

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, visit  

About SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is a nonprofit partnership of education and industry to strengthen our nation’s skilled workforce. Driven by employer demand, SkillsUSA helps students develop necessary personal and workplace skills along with technical skills grounded in academics. This SkillsUSA Framework empowers every student to succeed at work and in life, while helping to close the “skills gap” in which millions of positions go unfilled. Through SkillsUSA’s championships program and curricula, employers have long ensured schools are teaching relevant technical skills, and with SkillsUSA’s new credentialing process, they can now assess how ready potential employees are for the job. SkillsUSA has more than 360,000 annual members nationwide in high schools, colleges and middle schools, covering over 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, and is recognized by the U.S. departments of Education and Labor as integral to career and technical education. For more information:

Terra State and Vanguard-Sentinel to partner on eight programs

Press release provided by Terra State Community College.

Terra VSCTC Signing

Terra State Interim President Dr. Ron Schumacher (left) and VSCTC Superintendent Greg Edinger.

Fremont, OH, July 18, 2018 – Terra State Community College and Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Centers (VSCTC) have announced a cooperative arrangement to develop career pathways for VSCTC students in a variety of programs.  The two institutions will work with area businesses, industries, economic development organizations and secondary and higher education entities to provide education and workforce opportunities to students.

The arrangement will offer students educational opportunities in eight programs:  Auto Technologies, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Culinary and Hospitality Management, Digital Information Technologies, Engineering Technology and Robotics, Health/Medical and Welding.  Additional programs can be added at any time and both institutions will not duplicate course offerings.


Left to Right: Fremont Mayor Danny Sanchez, VSCTC Superintendent Greg Edinger, Terra State Interim President Dr. Ron Schumacher, Ohio Representative Bill Reineke

“This particular agreement is the first of its kind in the State of Ohio,” says Dr. Ron Schumacher, Terra State Interim President.  “It’s a true collaboration where we can share resources to provide courses for students of all ages seeking credit or non-credit training.  Families who participate will save thousands of dollars on higher education for their children.  It will also allow students to gain experience with industries with the possibility of earning professional credentials during school.”

One featured program, Auto Technologies, was outlined during the signing ceremony held this morning.  Students can enter the program in their sophomore year of high school.  Upon graduation from high school, student participants will have numerous certificates, work experience and an Associate Degree from Terra State.  Students then can choose to enter the workforce or continue their education.

“Terra State and Vanguard-Sentinel have been able to improve efficiencies of these programs and provide more opportunities for students to gain the necessary skills and education to positively impact the area workforce.  This program will move people through the pipeline to employment faster,” adds Greg Edinger, VSCTC Superintendent.

VSCTC serves a six county area and the following school districts: Fremont-Ross, Fremont St. Joseph, Clyde-Green Springs, Fostoria, Gibsonburg, Hopewell-Loudon, Lakota,

Mohawk, New Riegel, Old Fort, Port Clinton, Seneca East, Tiffin Calvert, Tiffin Columbian and Upper Sandusky.


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

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.

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

Sentinel students compete at state SkillsUSA Championships

sentinel logoMore than 100 Vanguard-Sentinel Career Center students traveled to Columbus this week to participate in the SkillsUSA Ohio Championships, bringing home 71 medals.

The students displayed projects either as individuals or in groups, showcases projects that they have been working on throughout the year. Students from all 12 Vanguard-Sentinel District programs competed in the chapter display.

Thirty-five Sentinel students won gold medals, giving them a shot at the national competition in Louisville, Ky this June. The district also brought home 22 silver and 14 bronze medals.

Congratulations to all of the Vanguard-Sentinel students and educators!

About Sentinel Career Center
The Seneca County-based Sentinel Career & Technology Center is located in Tiffin (central Seneca County), is part of the two-county district, and serves 560 students (1,100 district-wide). The District received As across the board on its report card from the Ohio Department of Education for technical skill attainment (92%), graduation rate (95% for four years), and post-program placement (98%). Sentinel is also the only vocational technical school in the nation to receive the National School of Character designation from The school has also had multiple students compete nationally at the SkillsUSA challenge.

About SkillsUSA
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. SkillsUSA helps each student excel. SkillsUSA improves the quality of America’s skilled workforce through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training.



Photo provided by VSCTC

Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Center has taken home another national honor. This week, the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Program was named one of the “Elite 50 Hospitality Programs” in the entire country.

From Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers:

The Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management program at Sentinel Career & Technology Center has been named an “Elite 50 Hospitality Program” by Sullivan University.  The program was selected from more than 350 secondary school hospitality programs from across the nation that were invited to apply for the honor of being named to the 2017 Elite 50 list.

“All of our programs at Sentinel Career & Technology Center have a high standard of excellence”, explains Sentinel Director, Elissa Heal.  “This recognition showcases that we are a program of excellence and we are preparing and inspiring tomorrow’s hospitality professionals.  Instructor Valerie Zeno is a true asset to our district and the instruction and experiences she provides to the students in the program is top notch.  She has built a program that is truly deserving of this designation.”

The criteria for earning the Program of Distinction award includes:

  • Two-Year Culinary or Hospitality Management program at the high school level
  • Participation in state competitions, with more points earned for placing 1st-4th in competition
  • Submission of an original recipe with photos or a restaurant management design
  • Program information including student participants and teacher credentials
  • Additional consideration is given when a school operates a restaurant, or catering service as part of training.

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

Sentinel Career Center expansion underway

vanguard_sentinel-_career_1Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Center has begun work on a $1.5 million, 11,000 square foot facility at their Tiffin campus.

The building will be the new home of the Public Safety Program.  The addition of space will move the program from just a classroom space to a lab environment that will allow the instructor to train the students in a setting similar to a real academy.  There will be adequate space for physical and tactical training, an evidence and booking room, and also a bay entrance for equipment for the program. It will also have classrooms for the Adult Education and Collision Repair Programs, and a Wellness Center. The school has also partnered with the Seneca County Commissioners that will allow the new facility to be a secondary location for their Emergency Operation Center in the county.

vanguard_sentinel-_career_2Clouse Construction is the contractor for the project, but now that the building is under roof, Sentinel students will gain hands on experience in their field of study as they work to complete the project, including (but not limited to) constructing walls and running the electric.

Another project underway at Sentinel is the “AIM” Mobile Career Tech bus.  This will be a mobile lab used to introduce K-8 students in 13 school districts to in-demand careers and the 12 career clusters available at Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Centers. It is designed to engage students with career connections and experiential learning to better prepare for in-demand careers at an early age.   This re-purposed bus (a partnership between Automotive and Collision Repair) will be a mobile and multi-functional CTE lab.  An instructor will deliver exposure and hands-on experiences to students at their home school  that will help AIM them in the right direction towards their future goals.   This should be completed for the 2017-2018 school year.

Vanguard-Sentinel is also looking at continuing to help mitigate a crisis in workforce preparation for advanced manufacturing careers and skilled trades with RAMTEC. Funded by the Ohio Department of Education’s Straight A Fund, RAMTEC supports a holistic approach to economic/workforce development by allowing students to demonstrate mastery of skills on equipment identical to that used in Ohio manufacturing industries. There will also be an expansion of programs, that will add and expand opportunities for  Freshman through adults, continuing to focus on industry credentials but expanding opportunities including early placements and pre-apprenticeship programs designed in close collaboration with local business and industry partners. Sentinel is also involved in the strategic planning process for a county-wide Workforce Development Plan.

Sentinel opened in 1985, and in 1997 the Family Learning Center was added in partnership with Seneca County.  Five years ago, the entire facility underwent a complete renovation which included energy efficient upgrades to lighting, HVAC, and technology.  The total cost of the renovation was $7 million.