Central Nine Career Center is an area career/technical school dedicated to the development of the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare students for employment in a chosen career and/or furthering their education at a post-secondary institution. Central Nine is located at 1999 U.S. 31 South in Greenwood, Indiana, and provides career and technical education for a geographic area that encompasses all of Johnson County, the southeast township of Morgan County, and a main portion of the southern third of Marion County including students transported to those districts from the Indianapolis Metropolitan area. The school serves eight school corporations, which send students from nine high schools. Those high schools are: Beech Grove High School, Center Grove High School, Franklin Central High School, Franklin Community High School, Greenwood High School, Indian Creek High School, Perry Meridian High School, Southport High School, and Whiteland Community High School. The doors to Central Nine opened in the fall of 1972 after a feasibility study was initiated in August, 1969. The school now consists of seven buildings including approximately 125,032 square feet of classrooms, laboratories, offices, and other instructional resource facilities on 65 acres.
It is designed to accommodate 850-900 students for each of its two sessions per day for a total of 1,700-1,800 total students. A building project was initiated in the fall of 2007 and phase one was completed in the summer of 2008. This phase of the building project added a new restaurant, more health science classrooms, a large group instruction room, and main office. There have been several program area upgrades included in this project. A second phase of our building project began in March of 2009 and includes more program and facility upgrades. Phase two was completed in the summer of 2009. Phase three of our building project started in May of 2010 and was finished at the end of the 2010/2011 school year. This school year, Central Nine will offer 26 varied career and technical programs, two of which are held off-campus at post secondary institutions. All programs are funded by the sending school corporations. Each student attends either the A.M. or P.M. session every school day and the remainder of the student’s school day is spent at the home high school so that he/she may complete the required courses for graduation and participate in extracurricular activities. Most programs offer dual credit and/or certification.