Monday, August 31, 2009

Veteran New Haven educator takes post at Gateway

NEW HAVEN - A retired educator with more than 40 years of experience in Greater New Haven has joined Gateway Community College’s new Center for Working Students as its coordinator, the college said in a statement.
James M. Boger has a doctorate in educational administration from Columbia University. He retired from the New Haven public schools in 2004 after 34 years in a variety of positions, including principal at various secondary schools and director of adult education, the position from which he retired, GCC said in a statement. While director of adult education, Boger created a transition program with GCC to help students get a head start with their college studies. In Boger also previously was director of program implementation at Dr. James Comer’s School Development Program, which is part of Yale University’s Child Studies Center. Additionally, he has been an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Teachers College, the statement said.

“Although I was enjoying my retirement, the opportunity to help launch this kind of unique, integrated assistance to the Gateway community was just too compelling to pass up,” Boger said in the statement. “This program will help students easily access a spectrum of services they would otherwise have to navigate on their own and provide the follow-up they need to reach their academic goals.”

GCC’s Center for Working Students was created this year through a grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The center provides GCC students with a comprehensive set of services and support designed to help them complete a college degree, earn more money, and ultimately provide better futures for their families and children. It acts as a concierge resource, connecting students to academic support services, career planning services, income and work support services, and financial literacy services.

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