“I did some stupid things in the past,” admits Hod Cowy, although Hod’s list is actually topped by things he didn’t do.

“I didn’t take my Boys Town Jerusalem high school studies seriously, and when I was in the College of Applied Engineering (CAE), I didn’t pass enough exams required for the degree. I then didn’t qualify for top positions in the IDF, and in civilian life I didn’t land a good-paying job. No surprise…”

Hod Cowey, one of seven children, is from Rishon Lezion where his father works as a gravedigger in the local cemetery. Hod lived and studied at BTJ from Grade 7 through the CAE college. Only last year at age 32 did he muster the stamina to return to his alma mater, plead his case to buckle down, re-learn the material from well over a decade before, and gradually retake the eight exams lacking for his college degree. He also asked to return to the BTJ dormitory, his home from 2001-2009.

Hod was a talented student who lacked the maturity to study, despite our tireless efforts to encourage him,” notes Amir Kisar, the school’s CEO. “Once he finally took his life seriously, we were delighted to give him a financial and emotional boost to succeed.”

“The school first hired me to help out in the library, alongside the long hours I invested in studying,” Hod explains.

By this year, I’ve passed seven exams, with one to go. And I’ve been promoted to taking charge of student transportation arrangements, the AV equipment, and running the administrative office for CAE.”

By next year, Hod looks forward to qualify for the high-paying job he dreams of in the hi-tech sector. “For now, I voluntarily work many hours overtime at BTJ. I keep an eye on the progress of the 116 CAE students, looking out for someone falling back in his studies. When I tell him to work harder, he should really listen.”

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