Rock the block with central Nine

The Central Nine is once again participating Rock the Block on Saturday April 27th! 

“Rock the Block is a 10K (timed), 5K walk/run (family-friendly), and a free Kids Run. The event includes scenic courses, food, music, vendors, awards, and giveaways-guaranteeing fun for everyone!”

Register online and select Central Nine as your charity! 

You can participate in Rock the Block and support Central Nine by registering or donating!

Ways to Participate:

  • Register as a “Sleep-In” participant! No attendance necessary.
  • Register as a “Runner” for the 5k or 10k.
  • Simply donate!

Last year at Rock the Block:


Register for Rock the Block

By selecting Central Nine as your charity, you are helping grow our campus and fuel careers in Johnson and Marion Counties! 


High School Division

Central Nine Career Center offers 27 programs to High School Juniors and Seniors in Johnson and Marion Counties!

Adult Education Division

Central Nine Adult Education offers career training & certifications, high school equivalency diploma, and english language learning.

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.