Students will be oriented to the training and housing environments and community for the first five to ten days of the training session. During this time, students will also be trained on skills related to the Community Access Checklist and how to use Muncie Indiana Transit System (MITS) to allow them access to the Muncie community. More information about the Community Access
Checklist and MITS can be found at Community Engagement – Transportation.
After the orientation phase, students will move into training for their specific program. All training programs have been broken down into sequential units that will be individually taught. Initial instruction may occur in the classroom, training lab, or in the natural environment. Once students have shown proficiency in a unit, the next skill in the sequence will be introduced and taught. Skills will build upon one another until students have mastered the entire job. At this point, internships will begin. Work readiness skills are the focus during the last month of each training session. Students continue their internships during this time while classroom time is scheduled around their work schedule. Topics covered include a variety of job search and job keeping skills, and interpersonal and personal quality skills necessary for employment.
When students are at the introduction level of their training program, a day begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. Throughout this time, classroom instruction and activities occur along with built-in breaks and lunch. As students move further along in the content of their training program, job shadowing and hands-on opportunities are scheduled into their day. These may occur at any time throughout the day or evening to allow each student the opportunity to job shadow and practice the skill or set of skills being taught at that time.
Once students have completed the main coursework related to their training program, they begin an internship. Internships may occur during the morning, afternoon or evening. EGTI staff train, support and oversee students during their internships. If staff feel a student needs re-teaching in a specific area of the job, additional classroom time is scheduled to allow for review and practice.
During classroom instruction, staff will be present for individual support and to assist with activities related to the lesson. Skill challenges related to employment will be individually worked on with staff. Examples of skill challenges include, but are not limited to, time management, work appearance, social skills on the job, etc.