Central Nine
Careers For 50 Years
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Stay Productive
Endless Customization
Creatively Express
Stay Productive
Endless Customization
Thursday, January 26th, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Open to all who are interested in learning more about Central Nine. Doors open at 5:30 pm and will close at 7:00 pm.

Central Nine Currently Offers 27 27 Programs

to high school students in Johnson and Marion Counties

Construction & Landscape

• Construction Trades
• Landscape Management

Health Sciences

• Health Science II: Athletic Training / Exercise Science
• Health Science II: Medical Assisting
• Health Science II: Nursing
• PLTW Biomedical Science
• Dental Careers
• Veterinary Careers

Human Services

• Cosmetology
• Culinary Arts / Hospitality Management 
• Early Childhood Education

Media & Information Tech

• Information Technology: Operations
• Information Technology: Software Development 
• Visual Communications


• Precision Machining
• Welding Technology

Protective Services

• Criminal Justice
• Emergency Medical Services
• Fire and Rescue


• Auto Collision Repair
• Auto Service Technology
• Diesel Service Technology
• Aviation Maintenance
• Aviation Operations
• Aviation Flight 

Opportunities for Work-Based Learning
in all areas of study!

• Through internships, eligible second-year students can have hands-on experience in an active work environment.

Program offerings for 2022-23 school year. Programs are subject to change yearly based on IDOE updates.

Central Nine Career Center

Central Nine Career Center is a community leader in career and technical education that is renowned for nurturing student potential and has been repeatedly recognized for its efforts in building up the workforce of trained and distinguished young people.

With almost 30 programs, Central Nine’s top priority is to allow students to explore careers in a unique and innovative learning environment while also empowering students to meet their Graduation Pathways requirements. Central Nine is able to provide students with the opportunity to make industry connections, gain work experience through an internship, and join unique extracurricular activities. 

After enrolling through one of Central Nine’s partner schools, students attend their selected program during either the morning or afternoon session every weekday.


The programs offered at Central Nine offer college credit, certification, and other resume advancement opportunities.

Partner Schools

Central Nine provides offers its programs to its nine partner schools in Johnson and Marion Counties. All enrollment is done through those residential school districts.


Central Nine's Newsletter, The Centralizer is a great way to find out about what our students are up to each semester.

Hello, Alumni!

We are preparing to celebrate our 50th Anniversary! Fill out the form below to join our contact list to stay up-to-date on all festivities and share your experiences! 

The celebration begins online and on-campus on July 1st, 2022!

Alumni Sign Ups

Hybrid Schedule

Dear Central Nine Community,

The Indiana Department of Health has reported a spike in COVID-19 cases in Johnson County.  As a result, Central Nine and most of our partner schools will follow a hybrid schedule until further notice.  

Students who attend Johnson County Schools will be on campus for in-person instruction every Monday and Thursday. (Virtual days will be on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.)

Students who attend Marion County Schools will be on campus for in-person instruction every Tuesday, and Friday. (Virtual days will be on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.)

June 4th, 5th, and 6th 8am- 11:30am


Central Nine is hosting summer camps this June for students who will be in 7th or 8th grade during the fall 2019 school year!

Students can choose to participate in two different camp experiences. Contact cvonderwell@central9.k12.in.us for questions.

Dates: June 4th, 5th, & 6th
Hours: 8am – 11:30am each day
Cost : $35 per student

Sign up at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfypoq2sJzYkywFURynlf2XRZUwOq3OpxsbDgzkXzpPiC0u7A/viewform 

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.

MAY 4th 9AM - 3PM


Our Landscape Management program is hosting a plant sale on Central Nine’s campus! Stop by on Saturday, May 4th from 9-3pm to purchase.