What program do I choose?
Prospective students should choose only one program for their training experience. Past work or volunteer experience or other exposure can help lead them to their decision. Some students have a very clear idea of which program most appeals to them and is the best fit for their skills and strengths. Others spend time on the website, discussing with educators, family, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC), job coach, case managers or other key individuals in their lives to aide in their decision-making process. But, ultimately the choice is theirs. A Career Sampling Session (CSS) may also help in the selection process if someone has had little to no experience or exposure in which to help them decide which may be best for them.
Do I have to attend a Career Sampling Session before applying?
Participating in a CSS is not required for a prospective student before applying for a program. Though a CSS can be helpful for someone who is undecided or needs to explore whether or not any of the programs offered by EGTI are a good fit for them, it is purely optional.
What level of independence is required?
Individuals interested in attending EGTI are expected to be independent in many of the skills listed within the prerequisites document below. They should receive specific instruction and training on these skills before applying. Strategies and supports should be in place to address any of the skills that remain a challenge. Before applying please review the Independent Living Check List.
Is there financial assistance?
Most of the students at EGTI have worked closely with a VRC either concurrent to their enrollment or in advance of applying. A VRC, in conjunction with the individual, determines if the EGTI training program in which the individual is interested would be beneficial in providing more skills development in order to successfully search for and obtain employment. VR is most often the funding agency for a majority of EGTI students.
What is included in the cost?
All the basic needs for a student, whether a commuter or part of the residential program, to successfully complete the vocational training in his/her program of choice are included: consumable classroom and instructional materials, basic uniforms, some specialized equipment required, room/board for residential students, and other associated tuition and fees. However, there are some specific clothing and footwear requirements along with some classroom supplies we request that the student provide. Please refer to the Student Handbook for a complete packing list. Student Handbook
What happens when I am accepted?
An acceptance letter is mailed and there is a new student orientation that is required for all students before they begin their chosen program. Parents and guardians are invited to attend and will have the opportunity to hear more about the student experience and are able to ask questions pertaining to the program and life at EGTI.
Where do students live?
EGTI students can choose to commute from home (if within a 60-mile radius) or live at the Courtyard Muncie at Horizon Convention Center hotel just as one would a college dorm. Students may opt to have a single room or to be matched with a roommate. EGTI offers a room/board package that is a part of the fees for non-commuters.
What do students do during the evenings and weekends?
There are many activities in which a student can opt to participate. From Late Nite festivities at Ball State University to visiting local attractions, libraries, music and sporting events, arts and cultural venues, shopping, movies, dining out, hanging out with friends playing games, settling in for a movie and popcorn night or just about anything else one can think of as part of a healthy, active and engaged lifestyle. EGTI has volunteer community and fitness mentors in addition to part-time staff who work with students to present options for entertainment and activities; however, the student may opt to just hang out and relax with their peers or mentors.
What support is there during the evenings and weekends?
EGTI staff on duty during evenings and weekends support students in the hotel and community. Depending on which level students are on within the Community Access Checklist, staff will either support students out in the community or stay at the hotel. There are generally two part-time staff persons on duty to oversee and support the students during evenings and weekends and one overnight staff.
Some students may be accompanied, at times, with support through a Medicaid waiver. The service provider, guardian(s) and EGTI staff will communicate regularly to appropriately plan when such supports may be needed.
Students may also be supported by their mentors and opt to access the community with this person.
What type of medical support is provided?
EGTI has a part-time nurse to consult with students and does weekly med checks. However, students are expected to be able to manage their own medications.
Does EGTI place students after they exit?
EGTI does not provide job placement directly but works alongside the student’s chosen community rehabilitation provider (funded by Vocational Rehabilitation) to help ensure a successful transition as the student prepares for graduation. Upon graduation, the student will work directly with their job coach to research places for employment, complete applications, respond to invitations to interview and, once hired, will work receive job coaching until they are fully established in that new work environment.
Where can I find more information?
In addition to reviewing the web site, for detailed information, please refer to the Student Handbook.
How do I apply?
Applying is easy! Just click Student Application to start the process. All of the required documents needed and other important information is outlined in an easy-to-read checklist found on page three.
You’ll also be asked to provide four to five letters of recommendation. You can forward this link to your list of references: Letter of Recommendation Form