South High, Becker students team on media design program
WORCESTER – Video games are not just a game anymore for South High Community School students. Since March 3, South High and Becker College students have been teaming up in the Interactive Media Design Mentoring Program, and both sides have been loving the experience.
The collaboration was sparked by First Night Worcester. Howard McGinn, executive coordinator of First Night, said that First Night has a history of working with South High and was aware of Becker video game program’s popularity. Becker has been ranked as a top undergraduate school to study game design by the Princeton Review and was ranked ninth in the world in 2015. Mr. McGinn couldn’t help seizing the opportunity.
“The program gives the students at South High School a mentoring opportunity, while Becker College gets a public relations and outreach opportunity” said Mr. McGinn. The program is free to the students thanks to First Night, which provides transportation from South High to Becker College for the students. A bus pass is given to students who need a ride home after the meeting.
Ten high school students were chosen from a pool of applicants to be matched with Becker students with similar interests in the gaming world. The application included questions relating to what the students hoped to do for a career and why they want to be involved in the program. Sandy Kelly, internship coordinator at South High, reported one student saying, “Video games give me joy, and I want other people to feel that joy, too.”