Education Joins Forces with the Military Community to Provide Support For Students

April 13, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBOE) and Department is doing its part to support military families and services in the Mountain State. During its monthly meeting on Wednesday, board members approved the Common Ground: Education and Military Partnership agreement.

Members of the Common Ground Partnership include the Department of Defense Joint Forces in West Virginia, The West Virginia Wing Civil Air Patrol, Operation Military Kids, West Virginia Congress of Parents and Teachers, Inc., the WVBOE and the West Virginia Department of Education.  
“This is a wonderful opportunity for the educational community to not only support students of military families but also promote the resources provided through all of the military branches,” said Board President Priscilla Haden.
The partnership agreement comes on the heels of the launch of the federal Joining Forces program. The White House announced on Tuesday the national initiative encouraging Americans to do more for military families.
The Common Ground Partnership will increase the capacity of our districts and schools to support and engage students who may otherwise drop out; help students attain 21st century skills; and ensure that communities have a productive, civically active, well-educated workforce.
“Our hope is that students and parents will take advantage of the mentoring, training and scholarship opportunities provided through the members of the Common Ground Program,” Haden said.  
Some of the benefits of Common Ground include:
·       Career information resources to schools in West Virginia;
·       Career counseling and tutoring services to assist in increasing the graduation rates for all students;
·       Career mentors to inspire, advise and enlighten students interested in various career fields;
·       Opportunities to provide information, presentations and/or demonstrations of available career programs and tutoring programs;
·       The establishment of JROTC programs in schools as mutually agreed upon by school and district personnel;
·       A variety of free and relatively inexpensive resources for schools to use, like the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery; and
·       Access to March2Success tutoring program that is a free, no obligation web based tool that provides educational content to help anyone improve their knowledge in language arts, math and science (The program also provides study aids to improve student performance on standardized tests like the SAT, ACT, and the Career Exploration Test).
A second focus of the Common Ground Partnership is to create networks of people, organizations and other resources to help support military children by increasing community awareness of the impact of the deployment cycle on soldiers, families, kids and the community as a whole.
For more information, contact the Office of Communications at 304-558-2699.

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