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GED "Boot Camps" expedite exam process

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - A GED is the ticket to jobs and higher education, but many Wisconsinites are taking their time finishing required tests to pass.

They'll need to complete exams by the end of this year and a program is available to help them succeed.

"One day I decided I'm just going to do it so I made the phone call and got started," says GED boot camp graduate Vicki Perkovich.

It's called a GED boot camp and all it takes is five days.

"It's a very fast pace, but they have results immediately the next day and they know by Friday that they're done," says Jill Mayer of Chippewa Valley Technical College.

There's extra emphasis this year because in December the state is switching to a new testing curriculum.

"Because if they don't have all five of those tests taken by December 31, 2013 they have to start all over with the new 2014 testing series," says Mayer.

According to the department of public instruction an estimated 43,000 people statewide have taken a portion of the five tests and still need to finish.

"Especially with the new testing and everything coming out.  I would really recommend them going in and finishing," says Perkovich.

That's not the only reason to gain your GED quickly though, fall registration is right around the corner.

"Some students choose the boot camp because it allows them to go to school the next semester," says Mayer.

And for those who complete the challenge, a sense of accomplishment.

"I'm very proud of that and my whole family and relatives, everybody.  So now I've got another step to go and now it's find a career," says Perkovich.

CVTC started its GED boot camp last year and will continue to host sessions throughout the summer.

The next class begins on Monday morning in Menomonie.

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