Officials with the Arc of Indiana Foundation are set Wednesday to announce what the nonprofit says is a "major gift" from the Fort Wayne-based AWS Foundation. It will support the $20 million Erskine Green Training Institute and Teaching Hotel in Muncie. A 125-room Courtyard by Marriott downtown will connect to the Horizon Convention Center and could train hundreds of people with disabilities each year.
It includes a new Scotty’s Brewhouse also planned for the location and space for retailers.
The first group of students are set to arrive at the institute mid-January. The institute will provide vocational training for the hotel, food service and health care industries.
The AWS Foundation helps Hoosiers with disabilities "live as independently as possible, be included in the community and function at their highest potential."