IMPACT is a big part of Central Nine...

Central Nine’s vision is to cultivate a brighter future for students by integrating the core values that create IMPACT: Integrity, Motivation, Professionalism, Adaptability, Communication, and Teamwork. With these values in mind, Central Nine created The IMPACT Initiative to influence positive student behavior. 

How we do it:

Our faculty utilizes it’s own Positive Behavior Interventions and Support Team (PBIS) to recognize and reward students who continually do outstanding work within our Career Center. However it is not just about academic successes. It’s also about encouraging the smaller everyday successes that make students realize their own accountably, dedication, and innovation. 

The PBIS Team has created IMPACT Tickets, which Central Nine staff uses to reward students who personify our IMPACT values. These tickets get placed into drawings where students can win various prizes. IMPACT also provides Central Nine with the opportunity to celebrate everyday successes with our students during our end of the year parties. This year we will be celebrating high grades, good attendance, and zero discipline referrals with donut and pizza parties for students. 


How you can help:

PBIS is always looking for donations to help keep The IMPACT Initiative running! These donations help us acknowledge students who personify our IMPACT traits by reinforcing positive behavior at our Career Center and in the community. 

Any form of support you may be able to provide would be greatly appreciated. Examples of helpful donations include gift certificates, food coupons or vouchers, product sets and baskets, or financial donations to help purchase materials needed for this program. All donations are tax deductible and will be publicly acknowledged through our social media and other channels, as we are deeply grateful for your support.  

For questions please contact PBIS Chair and Dean of Students Joe Preda at or (317) 888-4401 EXT 235.

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.