Vantage Career Center

Vantage Career Center provides student-focused, career technical training to prepare high school students and adults for employment or further education.

High school juniors and seniors from 13 member school districts in Mercer, Putnam, Paulding, and Van Wert counties may attend Vantage. Enrollment total in 2017-18 was 445 students, who were able to choose from 17 programs, such as auto body, auto technology, industrial mechanics, precision machining, welding, culinary arts, construction equipment technology, network systems, and health technology. Programs feature nationally-recognized curriculum taught by industry experts using advanced technology and equipment.

The center also serves adult workers seeking additional training and certification. Training in Practical Nursing, Medical Assistant, State Tested Nursing Assistant, EMT, Police Academy, CDL, Welding, CNC, Trade & Industry, Fire & Customized Training are among options available. During the 2017-18 year, high school students and adult learners combined to earn 800 industry recognized credentials.

OhioMeansJobs Center

OhioMeansJobs offers services and a location to nurture a workforce system that provides individuals and employers the opportunity to prosper economically. The goal is to link employers with workers who have the skillset to meet the labor demand.

Van Wert County OhioMeansJobs Center is committed to helping employers meet their workforce needs. The local office offers training grants, recruitment tools, on-the-job training opportunities, interviewing and application facilities, hiring and job promotion, layoff aversion and rapid response assistance, Work Opportunity Tax Credit information and additional assistance.

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Mindy Eales, Workforce Development Supervisor
Van Wert County JFS/OhioMeansJobs
114 E. Main St.
Van Wert, OH 45891
(419)238-5430 ext 0136

Top Employers in Van Wert County



Eaton is a diversified industrial manufacturer of electrical components and systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety.

The Van Wert Eaton plant employs 1,250 people who manufacture hoses and fittings that are used primarily in the agriculture and industrial industries.

Cooper Farms

Cooper Farms

Cooper Farms is a leading food supplier, selling a variety of fully cooked and ready-to-cook turkey, ham, and chicken products to customers throughout North America.

The company raises live turkeys, chickens, and hogs in northwest and west central Ohio and produces quality meat products for a variety of private label and foodservice brands. The company, which was founded in 1938, has two divisions in four locations in northwest Ohio. The Van Wert facility has about 550 employees at its Cooked Meats plant.

Federal Mogul


Federal-Mogul Powertrain is a leading global supplier of technologies and components in the passenger car, light, and heavy-duty commercial and off-highway vehicle markets, and also operates in the power generation, aerospace, marine, rail and industrial sectors.

Federal Mogul has 90 manufacturing facilities worldwide. The Van Wert location is a sealing plant that employs about 400 people.

Van Wert Health Workforce

Van Wert Health

Van Wert Health aims to promote wellness while providing quality health services through compassionate care to all patients it serves.

Residents throughout the county can obtain health care at the hospital and ER on Washington Street or at the new Walk-In Clinic in Town Center. Van Wert Health has about 500 employees total at all of its facilities.

Braun Industries

Braun Industries

Braun Industries, Inc., is a family-owned and operated ambulance manufacturer. Through the company’s commitment to produce quality vehicles that are built for life, it has become an industry leader.

Braun is located in Van Wert’s Vision Industrial Park and employs about 300 people.

Central Mutual Insurance Company

Central Mutual Insurance Company

Founded as the Central Mutual Insurance Company in 1876, the Central Insurance Group of companies has evolved into a successful property and casualty group.

Central writes more than 350,000 insurance policies for customers in 20 states through local independent agents. They are a mutual property and casualty carrier offering both personal and commercial lines coverages. The home office is located in Van Wert, and they have regional offices in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, and Columbus. The Van Wert location employs about 300.

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