The Common Ground Partnership not only provides career resources and tutoring but also military mentors, who can inspire, advise and enlighten students. It allows military members to share their wisdom and professionalism with students through the Common Ground Speaker Series as well.
The partnership also helps support military families through the Interstate Compact, which honors out-of-state academic credits from children of military members who transfer into the West Virginia school system. There are approximately 7,200 children in West Virginia who have one direct family member in the military, according to the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System.
In 2011, a Memorandum of Understanding established the partnership between the West Virginia Department of Education, the West Virginia Board of Education, and the United States Military recruiting organizations which serve West Virginia. In 2013, the partnership expanded to include representatives from the Adolescent Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention (ASPEN) Project, the West Virginia Congress of Parents and Teachers, Inc., and Legal Aid of WV.