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A new push from a local career center aims to get high school freshmen with plans to study engineering or computer programing in college to consider their classes, too.

For more than a decade students and parents have viewed the Central Nine Career Center as a school for students interested in starting their careers immediately after high school. Central Nine offers courses and certifications for careers that don’t require a bachelor’s degree, such as mechanics and firefighters; but officials want college-bound students to know they can take courses there, too.

Fewer students have been attending Central Nine over the past four years — 1,135 students attend the center now, down from 1,356 during the 2010-11 school year, a 16 percent drop, according to curriculum director Nicole Otte.

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