Education Joins Forces with Military Branches to Support Students

August 05, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) and the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) on Monday joined forces with military branches and community groups as part of the Common Ground: Education and Military Partnership.

The Common Ground Partnership, established in 2011, focuses on promoting mentoring, training and providing scholarship opportunities to all students and creating networks of people, organizations and other resources to help support military children. Today's event allowed the partners to sign an updated agreement.

Members of the Common Ground Partnership include all branches of the military, the West Virginia National Guard, the West Virginia Wing Civil Air Patrol, Legal Aid of West Virginia, Adolescent Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention (ASPEN), West Virginia Congress of Parents and Teachers, Inc., the WVBE and the WVDE.

"This is a good day for education in West Virginia," said state Superintendent of Schools James Phares. "The Common Ground Partnership is a unique opportunity for schools and students to benefit from mentoring and tutoring resources provided through military branches. The partnership is a true example of collaboration and cooperation."

The Common Ground Partnership will increase the capacity of our districts and schools to provide greater exposure to best practice strategies; help to support and engage students who may otherwise drop out; and ensuring that communities have a productive, civically active, well-educated workforce.

Benefits of the Common Ground include providing career information resources to schools in West Virginia, career counseling, tutoring and career mentors to inspire, advise and enlighten students.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications at 304-558-2699.

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