Letter from the director

Dear Potential Student, Parent, or Community Partner:

Last year, Central Nine Career Center served 1,154 juniors and seniors from nine high schools in Johnson and Marion counties. With 27 programs for students to choose from we offer robust, relevant, and industry-based opportunities for all of the students who attend. Thousands of students have taken advantage of our offerings since 1972. Whether you, your parents, or grandparents connected with us over the years, we are constantly evolving to meet local and global business, industry, and community expectations now and in the future.

Students who attend Central Nine not only learn about a career, but they engage at a much deeper level to strive for industry recognized certifications, stackable curriculum that leads to higher paying job opportunities, and earn college credits from Vincennes University, Ivy Tech Community College, Ball State University, IUPUI, and Trine University. The college credits earned are tuition free and transferrable. Last year our students earned over 5,000 college credits and 300 industry recognized certifications. Many of our students also get opportunities to engage in work-based learning such as internships. Internships provide a direct experience for our students to learn what the work world is like and adapt to the standards expected outside of school and home.

Central Nine cultivates greater opportunities for students as well as an embedded culture by integrating the core values that create IMPACT: Integrity, Motivation, Professionalism, Adaptability, Communication, and Teamwork. These core values are instilled in everything we do. By allowing students to explore their passions, and giving them a path to get there, Central Nine is making an IMPACT for a brighter future!

William E. Kovach, PhD ​


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.