Governor’s Work Ethic Certificate


Seniors at Central Nine Career Center have the opportunity to opt-in to the Governor’s Work Ethic Certificate program. This is a state-wide initiative that allows seniors to learn and demonstrate employability skills and the IMPACT traits during their last year of high school.


Employers may provide incentives to students who receive the Work Ethic Certificate, such as a guaranteed job interview or mentoring opportunities. Students who receive the Work Ethic Certificate will receive a certificate signed by the Indiana State Governor, a teal cord to wear at graduation, and recognition at our awards ceremony in May.

Seniors will be given the opportunity to opt into the program at the beginning of each school year.

Apply Today!

The application deadline is August 31st.

GWEC Application

Community Service

Students are required to complete 6 hours of community service during their senior year to participate in the GWEC.  Here is a list of organizations that students can consider to complete their hours.  Students are able to volunteer at an organization not listed here as long as the service hours benefit the community (not individuals), students are not getting paid for their time, and students are not receiving a grade for their participation.  Mrs. Teter is happy to answer any questions about volunteering- please reach out to her if you have any! 

Service List


  • Minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Minimum Attendance of 98% (for the senior year only)
  • no more than 4 tardies
  • 1 or fewer disciplinary referrals
  • 6 hours of Community Service

Local Incentives

Employers/ Local Business may provide incentives.

Incentives List

Aubrei Teter, Career Pathways Counselor
(317) 888-4401 EXT 294

The early years

Early 1970

Nine School Corporations join forces to establish the first area vocational center for Johnson and Marion County. 


April 28th, 1970

A temporary Governing Board is established and Richard Thomas is elected as the first (temporary) president. 

The board makes a proposal for a Continuous Feasibility Study for an area vocational school. 


September 21, 1970

Board members review (and choose a site for campus). 



October 8th, 1970

Board members vote to name the center; Central Nine Vocational Technical School. 

Other names that were up for consideration: “John-Mar” (or “Johnson-Marion”), “Central Nine”, “Leatherwood”, and “whetzel Trace”. 


April 15th, 1971

Architect, Ray Thompson, from James Associates presents the final site and building plans for Central Nine. 



May 13th, 1971

James E. Hixson is made the first director of Central Nine.