by Amy Roby

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September 27, 2012
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Gearing up for GED Boot Camp

After a successful inaugural General Educational Development (GED) "Boot Camp" class at the Western Nevada College Douglas campus, the Adult Literacy and Language department of WNC is offering the course in Minden again this fall. There is no charge to participate in the Boot Camp; all classes are free.

The six-week program provides intensive instruction and preparation for students interested in obtaining their GED, which is the equivalent of a high school diploma in the state of Nevada. The official GED examination is administered at the end of the course.

Boot Camp includes five weeks of intensive instruction in all the areas required to pass the GED. This includes, mathematics, language arts (reading and writing), science, and social studies. In addition, students are provided with test-taking skills and a week of review prior to administration of the actual test. The Adult Literacy and Language department of WNC offers free tutoring at the Carson campus for those enrolled in Boot Camp.

Adult Literacy and Language Interim Director Angela Andrade explains, "The GED Boot Camp is our most popular mode of GED preparation. It helps students to improve their skills and boost the confidence necessary to pass the test in a short, six-week class. Not only does the Boot Camp prepare students to take and pass the GED exam, the skills that they acquire will also help them with entry into college or the workforce. Boot Camp is a stepping stone to the future."

Participants must attend one of two registration events in order to enroll. Registration will be offered on Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. and Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. The Gardnerville Boot Camp is scheduled to begin on Oct. 22. Classes are held Monday-Thursday from 6-9:30 p.m. for the duration of the course.

Registration and classes will be held in Room 123 of the WNC Douglas campus, located at 1680 Bently Parkway South in Gardnerville. The Boot Camp is open to people ages 18 and up; 16-and 17-year-olds are eligible if they meet Nevada State requirements for withdrawal from high school.

A couple of years ago, I had the privilege of teaching language arts at one of the Boot Camps offered at the Carson City campus. I got to work with some of the most enthusiastic, supportive and dedicated instructors I've ever met. People enrolled in the class worked together to help bolster individual success. I'll never forget the night I watched student after student cross the stage to receive their GED; their determination and perseverance were a sight to behold. There weren't many dry eyes in the house that night.

This is a wonderful opportunity being offered right here in our community, and did I mention that it's free? For more information, call the Adult Literacy and Language office of Western Nevada College at 445-4451.

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