The Arc of Indiana Foundation and Inclusive Evansville Action Committee held a news conference on April 27, 2018 to announce their shared vision to expand Erskine Green Training Institute (EGTI) into Southwest Indiana to provide postsecondary training to people with disabilities in the manufacturing and banking industries. EGTI, based in Muncie, Indiana, currently provides postsecondary vocational training in the hospitality, food service, and health care industries.
Andy Kirby, The Arc of Indiana Foundation Executive Director said, “EGTI is changing lives. With a 100 percent graduation rate and 80 percent post-training employment rate, we know we have a vocational training model that works. The vision and partnership to establish Erskine Green Training Institute Southwest will work to train and prepare a ready and willing workforce in the manufacturing and banking industries. We are thankful to have such forward thinking and strong partners in Southwest Indiana to help make this vision a reality. Our mutual goal is to have EGTI Southwest’s inaugural program begin in the fall of 2019.”
Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke said, “The City of Evansville looks forward to the expansion of Erskine Green Training Institute in Southwest Indiana. A major goal of the Inclusive Evansville Action Committee is to expand employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Providing opportunities for postsecondary vocational training that will lead to employment in the manufacturing and banking industries is a win for business, a win for people with disabilities, and a win for the city. We look forward to working with all partners to achieve our mutual goals.”
Ted Brown, Assistant General Manager for quality control engineering at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana, said, “Like many parents of a child with special needs, I never thought my son Zach would have the same opportunities as those without disabilities; but through training Zach received at EGTI, he obtained the skills and experience needed to secure full-time employment with Superior Maintenance Company, a contractor of Toyota Indiana. Through his hard work and dedication and the help of EGTI, Zach was able to achieve his goal to earn gainful employment.”
“Toyota’s mission is more than building great cars. We’re working to create mobility options that move people in many ways, offering mobility solutions to those with disabilities or limitations; moving them upward in their lives through better education, training, employment, and resources. We know that everyone has an ‘impossible dream’—something they wish they could do but may not know how or have the means to achieve on their own. So, we want to help. EGTI helped Zach ‘Start His Impossible’ and Toyota wants to help our communities do the same while partnering with organizations like The Arc of Indiana Foundation and EGTI that share our mission,” Brown concluded.
Bob Jones, Old National Bank Chairman and CEO, said, “Old National is thrilled to partner with Toyota, University of Evansville and The Arc of Indiana Foundation on this exciting program. Not only does it align very closely with our corporate values, it also addresses a key workforce development opportunity for the region.”
Project partners for Erskine Green Training Institute Southwest include:
- Inclusive Evansville Action Committee
- The Arc of Indiana Foundation
- Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana (TMMI)
- Old National Bank
- University of Evansville
- The City of Evansville
- Southwest Indiana Chamber
About Erskine Green Training Institute www.erskinegreeninstitute.org
In 2014, The Arc of Indiana decided that an 80 percent unemployment rate for people with disabilities was unacceptable and that something significant needed to be done to affect change. The Arc of Indiana Foundation was formed, and Erskine Green Training Institute (EGTI) was developed in Muncie, Indiana to provide postsecondary training for people with disabilities in the hospitality, food service and health care industries. To date, EGTI has provided training to nearly 100 individuals, with a 100 percent graduation rate and post-training employment numbers consistently at 80 percent.
About The Arc of Indiana and The Arc of Indiana Foundation www.arcind.org
The Arc of Indiana Foundation exists to create postsecondary training opportunities for people with disabilities that empower and lead to meaningful employment. The Arc of Indiana, established in 1956, is committed to all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities realizing their goals of living, learning, working and fully participating in the community. The combined strength of local Arcs, state Arcs and The Arc of the United States makes The Arc the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
About Inclusive Evansville Action Committee
The mission of Inclusive Evansville Action Committee is to harness passionate, visionary leaders to enhance, encourage, and engage Southwestern Indiana to foster a more inclusive community, specific to the employment and inclusion of people with disabilities. The committee includes the City of Evansville Mayor and leaders from Old National Bank, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana, Southwest Indiana Chamber, University of Evansville, Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation, and Workforce Development.