EGTI is proud to partner with the following organizations. We appreciate their commitment to our students.
When The Arc of Indiana board of directors decided to launch EGTI, it was very important to them that the project contain a for-profit component. Arc Innovations was developed to play a key role by owning the Courtyard Muncie at Horizon Convention Center and 625 TapHouse restaurant located at the Courtyard Muncie.
At least 20% of the employees of both the Courtyard Muncie and 625 TapHouse are people with disabilities. Arc Innovations serves as an example that hiring a person with a disability isn’t charity – it’s good business. When a company hires a person with a disability three things happen – turnover goes down, productivity goes up and company morale goes up.
In addition, Arc Innovations asked for no tax breaks. They began paying taxes on day one. As The Arc continues to advocate for services they are paying into the system that supports people with disabilities.
Another critical piece of this unique partnership is that once debt service has been retired, all profits from the hotel and restaurant will be used to support the mission of The Arc of Indiana.
Arc Innovations has retained the management services of General Hotels Corporation to run day to day operations. Both organizations support the mission of The Arc and embrace the students at EGTI.
Ball State University
Ball State considers itself to be a body of educational entrepreneurs. Combining top-flight talent with top-notch resources, its students and faculty inject endless energy and creativity into what they teach and how they learn. The result—a university The Princeton Review calls one of the best in the Midwest. Its programs in architecture, telecommunications, landscape architecture, education, entrepreneurship and online master’s degree in nursing are consistently ranked among the best in the nation.
The partnership between BSU and EGTI has been invaluable. BSU students serve as volunteer mentors and fill part time staffing positions. Time spent with peers provides opportunities for EGTI students to enjoy typical college experiences. In addition, EGTI meal plans include all dining halls on campus. From athletic events to bowling at the Student Union, EGTI students are welcomed on campus and encouraged to participate.
IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital
Presented as a gift to the city of Muncie by the Ball Brothers, Ball Memorial Hospital began operation in 1929. The hospital quickly grew and in 2011 joined forces with IU Health.
Today IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital serves as a tertiary referral center and teaching hospital for east central Indiana. They were recently named as one of the top 100 hospitals in the United States in the teaching hospital category.
IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital quickly recognized the value of hiring EGTI graduates. Prior to 2017, IU Health employees had to have a high school diploma or GED. Many EGTI students have a certificate of completion. IU Health changed its systemwide hiring practices to now include employees with a certificate of completion if they have graduated from EGTI.
Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities. Through its affordable, open-access education and training programs, Ivy Tech enhances the development of Indiana’s citizens and communities and strengthens its economy.
Instructors in Ivy Tech’s culinary program serve as guest instructors at EGTI. They offer tips and advice to students as they master kitchen skills and welcome EGTI students into the professional kitchens at Ivy Tech. In addition, nursing students present important health information to each EGTI class.
YMCA – Downtown Muncie
The first meeting of members of the community to organize the Muncie YMCA took place in 1875. Today the YMCA of Muncie has grown to serve over 4,000 households with 5 locations. The YMCA of Muncie has an excellent track record of providing quality mission-driven programs that enrich the lives of all people in spirit, mind, and body.
Every EGTI student receives free membership during their training session and enjoys the opportunity to use the facilities and participate in classes.
Horizon Convention Center
The Horizon Convention Center is an innovative mix of historic beauty and modern design.
Formerly Muncie’s Federal Building, the Horizon Convention Center features a glass-enclosed pavilion, outdoor terrace, and the classical splendor of the lobby’s original interior. A 1996 expansion increased the facility’s meeting space to 47,000 square feet.
The Horizon Convention Center also boasts the second-largest children’s museum in the state and is proximate to the newly revitalized downtown area, which offers a variety of restaurants, entertainment, and shopping. These are just a few of the amenities that the city offers in the way of leisure-time activities for guests to our facility
The partnership between the Horizon Convention Center and EGTI has been invaluable. Students training in the Front Desk Agent program train at the Horizon Convention Center to continue to develop customer services related skills.