The Student Ambassador Program


A Central Nine Ambassador is the first smiling face visitors will see as they lead tour groups at Central Nine. Ambassadors will be called on throughout the year to answer visitor questions, help with open houses and events, serve on student panels, and lead tour groups, especially during Tour Week. Training sessions will be provided for students who are selected.


Becoming an Ambassador is a fantastic professional leadership position that looks great on resumes and college or business applications!

Quick Tip

Students, please speak to your instructor before applying. Some programs may be unable to release students for tours due to curriculum schedules.


  • Students who have previously completed at least one year of a Central Nine Program
  • Comfortable with public speaking
  • Less than three unexcused absences
  • No discipline referrals
  • Must be able to be contacted via email
  • Must be approved by the instructor


Mrs. Bickerstaff, Marketing Manager

Mrs. Vonderwell, Student Services Coordinator


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.