The Duke Energy Foundation has awarded $25,000 to The Arc of Indiana Foundation to support the foundation’s Erskine Green Training Institute (EGTI). The grant is part of awards totaling over $330,000 to 16 organizations working to create a pipeline of skilled workers prepared to meet Indiana’s workforce needs.
“Without fail, employers and community leaders I speak to in our service territory list workforce as an immediate area of focus,” said Stan Pinegar, president of Duke Energy Indiana. “Duke Energy is committed to helping Indiana’s workers obtain the skills and industry-recognized credentials needed to meet the state’s current and future labor market needs, with the ultimate goal of providing a better quality of life for the customers and communities we serve.”
“Since we opened our doors six years ago, more than 250 EGTI graduates have gone on to secure jobs and gain increased independence in their communities,” said Andy Kirby, executive director of The Arc of Indiana Foundation. “With the invaluable support of partners like the Duke Energy Foundation, we’re able to continue to help make the dream of having a career a reality for Hoosiers with disabilities.”
Housed within the Courtyard by Marriott in Muncie, Indiana, EGTI provides a 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, including workplace etiquette, teamwork, taking direction, and effective communication skills.
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