University of New Mexico Continuing Education, in collaboration with Truman Middle School's Gifted Mentor Program, recently selected three middle school students to participate in a hands-on learning experience by working with both a mentor and attending a four-hour class. 

Cynthia Delgado, Amanda Vallo and Aly Zepeda each worked with a unique mentor who trained and exposed them to what they might experience in the work place. Delgado, who is interested in graphic design, worked with Kim Halpern, director of marketing at UNM Continuing Education, and attended an introductory computer graphics course with instructor Anita Quintana. She also learned about print production firsthand and participated in a mock interview. Vallo and Zepeda, who are both interested in photography, met with CE instructors Pat Berrett and Robert Reck, and participated in introductory Photoshop and computer graphics classes. Both students spent time in the studio with professional photographers.

The goal of the program is to give students an idea of what it is like to work in their field of interest. It was coordinated by Peggy Lynch-Hill, who works at Truman Middle School, and Caroline Orcutt, the digital arts program supervisor.

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