To ensure that all students graduate from high school, college and career ready, being academically socially and physically prepared for postsecondary options including college, vocational training, workforce or military service. The partnership will increase the capacity of school districts and schools to provide greater exposure to best practice strategies; help to support and engage students who may otherwise drop out, help students attain 21st century skills and a more positive future; and ensure that the communities have a productive, civically active, well-educated workforce.
The Common Ground Partnership website provides a variety of resources that support college/career planning, efforts to graduate from high school and military families.
History of Compact:
In 2011, a Memorandum of Understanding established partnership between the West Virginia Department of Education, the West Virginia Board of Education, and 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.
In 2015, an updated Compact was signed to reestablish the understanding among these partners.
The Governor’s Office, West Virginia Board of Education, West Virginia Department of Education, the West Virginia National Guard, United States Army Recruiting Battalion Richmond, Navy Recruiting District Pittsburgh, United States Marine Corps Recruiting Command (Beckley, WV), 12th Battalion (Eastern Sector), West Virginia Veterans Council, West Virginia Congress of Parents and Teachers, Inc. (WVPTA), and Adolescent Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention (ASPEN).
Review the videos below to hear from Common Ground Partnership stakeholders about this initiative.
Major General James A. Hoyer, The Adjutant General of West Virginia
Tommy Baker, Education Services Specialist
LTC Clifton C. Harris, US Army Recruiting Richmond TOC
Colonel Paul G. McCroskey II, Civil Air Patrol, WV Wing Commander
Major Gabriel L. Diana, Marine Corps Recruiting Station Charleston
John Calvert, Navy, Commander