GED preparation class offered |

GED preparation class offered

by Caryn Haller

Receiving her General Education Development certificate in 1988 changed Teri Zutter’s life. Now, as director of adult literacy and language for Western Nevada College, Zutter wants to help others reach their full potential.

“It opened the door for education opportunities I didn’t know existed for me,” she said. “I’ve seen countless people change their whole lives. When a person completes the GED they gain new confidence, and it transforms their whole life.”

Beginning Jan. 23, the college is offering a free, five-week GED preparation boot camp for the first time at the Douglas WNC campus.

“There’s an audience for it from the Wellington and Topaz areas, and it’s my job to bring services to where they are needed,” Zutter said. “The program works. It gives students in a short amount of time the skills they need to be successful.”

Boot camp covers all the areas required to pass the GED exam. This includes mathematics, language arts (reading and writing), science, social studies, critical thinking skills and test-taking skills.

The official GED exam will be administered at the end of the class.

“We give the students the test immediately following instruction in the same environment in which they studied,” Zutter said. “Having the test in the same environment decreases the anxiety level for people.”

Classes are taught by instructors Marie Johnson and C.J. O’Brien.

Johnson will focus on math two days a week, and O’Brien will teach language arts, science and social studies.

There is no limit to the number of students accepted into the class, and Zutter is wanting to open a day class in March if there is enough interest.

“If people came out of the woodwork we would accommodate that,” Zutter said. “I’d like to see the class have 25 to 30 students.”

Participants must attend a registration event in order to enroll. Registration dates are 6 p.m. Jan. 18 or 6 p.m. Jan. 19. The Gardnerville boot camp is Jan. 23-March 8. Classes are 6-9:30 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for the duration of the course. The exam will be given March 12 and 13.

Registration and classes will be held in Room 123 of the WNC Douglas campus, located at 1680 Bently Parkway South in Gardnerville.

For more information, call Zutter at 445-4451.