From homeless to higher education

Published On: May 09 2014 08:17:05 PM CDT   Updated On: May 09 2014 09:18:47 PM CDT

This was Greg Davis' first week on the job at Leading Technology Composites, Incorporated.  Among several things, he'll make parts for airplanes.  Like any new hire, he's pretty excited.

“I feel blessed.  I have a job now and I'm moving forward,” Davis said.

But the 55-year-old isn't the average employee.  You start to get an understanding of that when you listen to his new boss.

“We just feel blessed to be a small part of his story,” LTC President Todd Lair said.

At one point in his life, it looked like no one would want to hire Davis.  He was homeless and didn't have a high school diploma.  But that changed.

“When you want something out of life you've got to strive for it, and that's exactly what I did,” Davis said.

Davis found assistance at the Union Rescue Mission.  Then, he earned his GED.  After that, he enrolled at Wichita Area Technical College.  Davis learned skills and earned certificates that helped him get his new job.

“We're changing lives and I think that's the greatest thing to see,” Gidget Watson of the National Aviation Consortium said.

A federal grant for the NAC paid for Davis' higher education and helped him find a job.  Davis had the strength to accomplish his goals.  But he knows he didn't do this alone.

“I thank everybody for helping me,” Davis said.