MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Students from across West Virginia have a new website to add to their arsenal of career counseling and mentoring resources. The Common Ground Partnership website was launched Friday with a little bit of military pomp and circumstance during the annual Student Success Summit in Morgantown. The site can be found by visiting http://wvde.state.wv.us/common-ground/
The Common Ground website is a hub of information for teachers, administrators, counselors, family members and students. It includes links to student leadership opportunities, career counseling, resources for families and a speaker series.
The Common Ground partnership was established between the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE), the state Department of Education and every military branch in April 2011. The 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.
“Members of the Common Ground Partnership quickly realized that we needed to have one place to house all of the tremendous resources available to students,” said Common Ground Partnership Chairwoman and WVBE member Priscilla Haden. “This site is one-stop-shopping for tutoring services, career counseling resources and much more.”
The Common Ground Speaker Series allows educators to request military guest speakers through an online request form. The speaker series topics include anti-bullying, suicide prevention, substance abuse prevention, drop-out prevention and the history of the American flag.
“Military members exude an air of professionalism that instantly gathers the respect of students,” Haden said. “Speakers can relay a profound message to students on a variety of important topics and have an effect.”
For more information, please contact the Office of Communications at 304-558-2699.