camp Explore

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Six career pathways

All six of our career pathways originate from one of Central Nine’s High School Programs. Each day campers will explore two careers a day and participate in a hands-on activity led by a Central Nine Instructor. 

Auto Collision

Campers will learn how to design and paint their own small panel! They will learn how to operate a pneumatic paint gun while learning about the Auto Collision industry. 

  • Take home item: Painted panel & personal respirator.

Auto collision is the study of fixing damaged parts and bodies of cars and other vehicles that have been damaged by accidents, weather, or other incidents.

Criminal Justice

Campers will learn handcuffing techniques, how to take fingerprints, and conduct traffic stops. 

  • Take home item: Finger print cards.

Criminal justice is for individuals interested in law enforcement careers related to arrests, report writing, communications, court operations, corrections, and probation procedures through academy-based training and I.L.E.A. standards.

Culinary Arts

Campers will learn the finer points of presentation and food safety while creating Stuffed “Cinnamon Toast Crunch” French Toast. 

  • Take home item: Finished dish & a chefs hat.

Culinary Arts is the study of food preparation, cooking, and presentation of food,  including how the food industry functions and what to expect as a prospective employee. 

Dental Careers

Campers will learn about plaque scores, load dental syringes, and make impressions. 

  • Take home item: Dental impression tray.

Dental Careers covers the perspective of a Dentist, Hygienist, Assistant, and Lab Technician. Emphasis is placed on the clinical and lab environment, equipment/instrument identification, oral anatomy, and sterilization.

Veterinary Careers

Campers will learn about veterinary medicine, including parasite testing, basic small animal first aid, suturing, and small animal anatomy. Along the way, campers will learn proper hand washing and gloving techniques used in a Veterinary Office.

  • Take home item: A finished small animal anatomy project.

Veterinary medicine is the branch of medicine that deals with the prevention, management, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, disorder, and injury in animals.

Visual Communications

Campers will learn how to turn artistic skills and creativity into various in-demand professions. They will complete a screen printing project and print their own stickers. 

  • Take home item: T-shirt & stickers

Visual communication is the use of visual elements to convey ideas and information which include but are not limited to signs, typography, drawing, graphic design, illustration, industrial design, advertising, animation, and electronic resources. Humans have used visual communication since prehistoric times.

Camp Contact

For any Nineovations questions please contact Mrs. Vonderwell



To make a payment over the phone please contact Mrs. Caviness

317-888-4401 EXT 268

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 for questions.

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

Sign up at: 

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.