The Mountain State Center for Independent Living is holding a four-day training program called ‘Instruction in Self Advocacy’ at its Beckley and Huntington locations.

In these classes, students are tested and also interact with supervisors to learn more about things, like their Individualized Education Programs, rights and responsibilities, and how to be self-reliant for future experiences like job interviews.

Brennan Staunton of Beckley attended this week’s four day program. He told 59 News that he is not only enjoying the skills he is learning, but being surrounded by students with similar disabilities.

“It makes me feel like I’m not the only one here who has the same disabilities,” Staunton said. “It makes me feel comfortable that we can all talk about and share our experiences.”

Classes are scheduled over the course of several weeks in the month of June. They go from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.