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ESD services:

Community Based Assessment

Community Work Adjustment Opportunities

Work-Based Learning Experience Program

Employment Readiness Skills Training

Direct Placement

Supported Employment and Job Coaching

School to Work Transition Services

Life Skills

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The following is a description of the services provided by the Employment Services Division (ESD) at Mountain State Centers for Independent Living (MTSTCIL).

Community Based Assessment

Community Based Assessment is a five day program where individuals learn to identify realistic employment options, develop employment goals and objectives while learning more about their individual skills, abilities and interests.

Each person meets with their Employment Specialist to review skills and potential employment assets by using the following techniques:

The Employment Specialist will, if necessary, work with the individual to identify assistive technology or specialized devices that will assist the person with a disability in performing tasks in the workplace.

The Employment Specialist accompanies the individual during visits to potential workplaces so that they may explore career options.

The following is a list of trainings available through Mountain State Centrs for Independent Living.

Work-Based Learning Experience Program

Students with a disability who are currently attending school between the ages of 14 and 25, will have an opportunity to work at an integrated job site within the community. An integrated job site is where students work directly with Foundation for Independent Living staff a partner of Mountain State Centers for Independent Living, to receive hands on training. Students will have flexible hours in order to continue attending classes while working. Work schedules are set up to meet your scheduled class requirements.

Job coaches will provide guidance, instruction and follow-up support. The Work-Based Learning Experience Program is 80 work hours, during a two to four-week period, tailored to the individual.

Mountain State job coaches will also provide student oversight and evaluation of students’ work skills. Ultimately, the student is employed/monitored by their job coach. Job sites may include private, for-profit, public or nonprofit businesses in the community.

These Work-based Learning Experiences require in-depth engagement of students with oversight and evaluation of acquired work relevant skills by job coaches. 

Who is eligible?

Students with disabilities in the age range of 14 to 25 who are referred to the Foundation for Independent Living from the Division of Rehabilitation Services. Job coach will work one-on-one with the Division’s referring counselor to ensure that the student has an opportunity to know what employment options are available. 

Community Work Adjustment Opportunities

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Community Work Adjustment Opportunities provides planned and structured training in a work and classroom setting to assist individuals to develop or re-establish work-appropriate habits, skills and behaviors as well as interpersonal skills, attitudes and behaviors.

The length of this training is determined by the needs of the individual. Students are paid for each hour they are in training.

Community Work Adjustment Opportunities training takes place at the Mountain State Centers for Independent Living (MTSTCIL) site and may continue at a potential work place site. The duration of the Community Work Adjustment Opportunities period will depend on the individual's achievement.

Activities that will be completed by the individual and addressed during our Community Work Adjustment Opportunities include:

During these trainings, we will also discuss potential barriers to employment such as housing, child care, transportation, and health care.

Employment Readiness Skills Training

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Deficits in social and life skills ultimately impact an individual's ability to obtain and/or maintain employment. With that in mind, MTSTCIL staff provide training in basic life skills as well as occupational skills for specific jobs. Each skills training course has a specific curriculum that includes the planned length of the course, course components, materials and requirements for completion.

Basic life skills courses may be provided one-on-one or in a group setting. These courses focus on self-sufficiency and independent living and include such tracts as self-care, socialization, decision making, money management, etc.

During the course of Employment Readiness Skills Training training, individuals will be reviewed weekly, both by their assigned Employment Specialist as well as ongoing structured self-evaluations, in order to review progress and be held accountable for their responsibilities during this training.

Basic life skills courses available at MTSTCIL or in the community include:

The Employment Specialist will also work with the individual to identify community supports and resources such as the local employment office, support groups, supports available through WV Department Health and Human Resources and other independent living services

Occupational skills training programs that are provided at the MTSTCIL offices, or on an individual basis onsite with a potential employer. Occupational skills training programs include:

Direct Placement


MTSTCIL offers direct job placement services that assist work-ready individuals obtain and retain community-based employment. No supportive services are provided for direct placement.

Our employment coordinator will assist the individual in career exploration, job search and development, and the employment application process.

Supported Employment and Job Coaching

Once the employment coordinator and individual have secured a job match, the job coach will spend time at the workplace to learn the specific job duties. The job coach will provide individual on-the-job training to assist the individual in building proficiency. The job coach with work with the employer and the individual to help them work together more efficiently.

The job coach may provide requested individual support with interpersonal skills and ongoing job retention in the workplace. Extended Supported Employment and Job Coaching services may also be provided as needed. Read more about Supported Employment and Job Coaching services.

School to Work Transition Services

selling popcorn at movie theaterMTSTCIL assists students with disabilities in the transition from school to work and adult life. Staff will work closely with the student, family members, school personnel, employers and agencies that assist students to transition.

Transition services include working with the student to identify their abilities, skills, needs, and interests with the ultimate goal of employment. Services could include, but are not limited to:

Life Skills Training

Life Skills Training is tailored to the needs of the individual to assist job seekers develop or restore effective work behaviors, personal characteristics, and/or functional capacities; and, to achieve and maintain positive employment outcomes.

For more information

For more information contact Georgetta Stevens, Vice President, Corporate Operations for Mountain State at 304-525-3324 or by email

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