Summer program prepares students for future success

By: Linneah Flahive
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The Vista Summer Preceptorship Program (VSPP) is a program through Vista del Lago High School that allows junior year students to experience working in a professional environment all while gaining knowledge and experience in a field of their interest. This year, the Folsom Telegraph had two eager and interested students, Addie McBee and Christina Lee, ready to learn what really goes into a weekly newspaper.

This program helps students become fully immersed in a career of their choice while being supervised by a professional who has an expertise in that particular area of interest.

At the Telegraph, McBee and Lee received one-on-one advice, tips and mentoring by Senior Reporter Rachel Zirin. Throughout the four-week program, McBee and Lee learned AP Style, research, interviewing skills, article structure, proofreading skills and much more.

“I’ve learned a lot about journalism and writing while interning at the Folsom Telegraph,” McBee said. “I didn’t realize how much reporting and interviewing actually went in to each story we write.”

VSPP introduces students to different businesses, companies and organizations which allow them to gain real-life work experience before they even graduate high school. Students will be able to earn five units of high school credit for completing the Preceptorship Program.

“My favorite thing about interning at the Folsom Telegraph is being able to meet different people from the city and getting to know my city more personally,” Lee said. “I love being able to write about my city and have people read my writing each week in the paper.”

McBee and Lee worked on articles such as important City of Folsom topics to fun segments like Word on the Street. All-in-all, receiving a well-rounded experience to give them the work experience for their future careers.

The VSPP currently has about forty students enrolled in the program at Vista del Lago. The program has recently expanded across the district to Cordova and Folsom High Schools as well.

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