JOSH WESTON opens new Technological Horizons for Israeli Youth
MetroWest community leader and philanthropist Josh S. Weston stands tall among the select few prominent businessmen with a personal passion to change the face of technological education for tomorrow. On his recent visit to Boys Town Jerusalem, Weston dedicated a newly-renovated classroom and was briefed on the progress of the school’s precedent-breaking academic programs he has spearheaded, topped by a firsthand look at the new state-of-the-art Center for Advanced Technology designed and built under Weston’s caring guidance and assistance.
Josh Weston may be best known for his long, outstanding career at Automatic Data Processing, Inc., where he currently serves as honorary chairman. Yet his commitment to Boys Town Jerusalem, where he currently serves as honorary chairman of the board, has spanned nearly three decades in which he has inspired the school to make groundbreaking advancements in Israeli technological education. A connection that Weston initiated between Boys Town and “Cisco Systems” in 2000 led to the global networking giant designating Boys Town as Israel’s first high school to teach Cisco Network Management. By 2012, the school was selected as Israel’s first and only high school to offer a major in Oracle’s “Solaris Open Source Operating Systems.”
“The clear result is that both our Cisco and Solaris graduates hold a quantitative edge in the Israeli Defense Forces and the Israeli hi-tech industry, where their knowledge and skills are in high demand,” declared Boys Town Jerusalem Dean of Students Rabbi Moshe Linchner. “Josh Weston’s personal contribution to this achievement is immeasurable.”
Rabbi Linchner noted that Weston’s staunch commitment to what the benefactor coins“raising the bar” of Boys Town’s studies,has guided his ongoing efforts to inspire the school to greater, more innovative heights. Beyond the trail-blazing launches of the Cisco and Oracle programs, Weston encouraged the school to significantly upgrade their robotics studies, introducing robotics workshops for the junior high and refining the robotics laboratories at the high school and College of Applied Engineering levels. As national chairman of the robotics “FIRST Lego League,” Weston prompted Boys Town to become active in the Israeli-based activities and competition.
With his longtime vision of the importance of “STEM” education (encompassing science, technology, engineering and mathematics, Josh Weston has made an invaluable impact on Boys Town Jerusalem, where this has translated into integrated curriculums, innovation and hands-on projects to embed the STEM disciplines throughout the school’s academic program.