Erskine Green Training Institute (EGTI), founded by The Arc of Indiana Foundation, is the first of its kind postsecondary vocational training program in the country. Opened in 2016, EGTI provides training in hospitality, food service, healthcare, and inventory distribution.
Housed within the Courtyard by Marriott in Muncie, Indiana, the program provides a uniquely personalized training experience for each student. During the 10 – 13 week training sessions, students attend class, master key job skills, and gain valuable work experience through an internship.
In addition to hands-on job training, the curriculum addresses critical soft skills like appropriate work place etiquette, teamwork, taking direction, and effective communication skills.
EGTI’s programming is designed for individuals whose academic, social, communication, and adaptive skills are affected due to a disability. Most applicants would have received special education services in the K-12 setting and exited their secondary school with a diploma, GED, or certificate of completion.
Upon completion of the program, students leave with a certificate, resume, practiced interview skills and a list of open positions in the community they are returning to after graduation. More importantly, they leave connected to the EGTI team and other resources, including an alumni group, for ongoing support and information.
EGTI is enjoying tremendous success. Every aspect of the program is designed to promote not only employment skills but also increased self-esteem and confidence. Over 80% of EGTI graduates have secured employment in communities throughout Indiana.
Prospective students and their families are encouraged to visit EGTI by registering for one of the monthly general tours. Individual tours can be scheduled by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not sure EGTI is right for you? Career Sampling Sessions are offered several times throughout the year and provide a two-day opportunity for potential students to observe and try the various jobs. EGTI staff work one on one with participants to assess their employment strengths and challenges. Participants also complete a self-assessment to reflect their thoughts about each job. These assessments assist participants in determining which program best fits their interest and skillset.
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