Becker College President Dr. Robert E. Johnson with Seven Hills Charter School Superintendent Krista Piazza and the students.

Dr. Johnson welcoming the Seven Hills Charter School students to Becker College.

Hank the Hawk and some of his new friends from Seven Hills Charter School.

Two Seven Hills Charter School students are ready for a new beginning and a new school year.

Seven Hills Charter School students look up to Hank the Hawk.

Seven Hills Charter School holds annual College Week at Becker

Published on Thursday, August 6th, 2015

More than 500 students from Seven Hills Charter School (grades first through eighth) spent the week at Becker College for their annual College Week. During Aug. 4-7, the Seven Hills students learned about a variety of topics and majors—some directly from Becker students.

This was the fifth year Seven Hills has held a College Week and the first at Becker. Each year for the last five, SHCS has kicked off their academic year with a week at a local college. This program provides an opportunity to get students thinking early on about attending college, and perhaps even including Becker as an option.

In accordance with this year’s theme—“Growing to College”—throughout the week, the students were introduced to Becker’s various programs of study, and current Becker undergraduate students (who were hired by Seven Hills for the week), took groups of Seven Hills kids to various places on campus to discuss their majors. The Becker students shared with the children what it’s like to major in their subject area, what career opportunities are available for the major/degree, taught a short lesson in that subject, and then did a project, lab or activity with the Seven Hills students. Topics covered included nursing, veterinary science, gaming, physics, biology, criminology, chemistry and exercise science.

The Seven Hills students and faculty were welcomed to Becker’s Worcester Campus by Becker College President Robert Johnson, Ph.D., who greeted the students on Aug. 4 during the morning convocation ceremony. During his brief speech, Dr. Johnson encouraged the children to dream big and to attend college. “Repeat after me,” he said. “I can. I will. I must.” Dr. Johnson explained that in order to achieve these dreams, they will need a college education. “It’s the thing that will help you do whatever it is you want to do in life,” he said. “You must make the world a better place.”

The students closed out the week with a Family Day, where Becker undergrads showcased their “labs” for the visiting families to see and learn what their children worked on during their time at the College.