Luck Achieves Sky High Goals
Ever wonder who’s working those critically important anti-missile defense systems? Well, wonder no more! Michael Luck, Denison native, Army Veteran, and Grayson College graduate, has his eyes on the skies for you. Luck’s route to this certainly niche role was paved with hard work and seized opportunities.
Luck graduated from Denison High School in 2011 and joined the Army right out of high school. He left the Army in late 2015 and almost immediately enrolled in general education courses using his Veteran’s education benefits at Grayson College.
Luck landed a job at Presco working a weekend shift that gave him time for his college classes from Monday through Thursday. His Presco supervisors saw Luck’s potential and capacity for more responsibility so they asked Luck to attend even more classes at Grayson College in the Industrial Maintenance Technician (IMT) program in the evenings.
During the day Luck took his general education courses, in the evenings he took Industrial Maintenance Technician classes, and he worked on the weekends. Luck graduated from Grayson College for the first time in May 2018 with an Associate of Science degree in General Studies. Today he’s just two classes away from completing an Associate of Science degree in Computer Science at Grayson College, which he’ll finish online.
Luck cites Presco’s flexibility as a key element of his success as a working student. Presco’s weekend shift and his supervisors’ understanding when he occasionally needed to run over to Grayson College on a Friday made it possible for Luck to survive his packed schedule. Luck also credits Grayson College Veterans Services Officer Marlina Reese with helping him during his educational journey. “Reese helped me anytime I had an issue; she was always there for me,” said Luck. “He had three full-time jobs: student; father; employee. That is so difficult to do, but Mr. Luck did it. He definitely deserves all the rewards and success that come his way,” praised Reese.
Luck was recently offered a new job with Leidos, a government contractor working on Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), an anti-ballistic missile defense system he previously worked on during his time in the Army. So with much gratitude and appreciation to Presco, Luck accepted the THAAD Field Engineer position with Leidos. Luck describes this new role as, “100% a combination of the IMT and computer science programs from Grayson College.” He has an edge on others at Leidos because of his diverse education and skills training coupled with his prior experience.
Leidos will be moving Luck, his wife, and 18 month old son to Guam soon. Characteristic of Luck, he’ll be working and studying there, too. He’s been accepted to the University of Maryland University College in pursuit of a Bachelor’s in Information Technology and Cyber Security. Luck’s advice to working students is to find an employer that will work with your school schedule; realize it’s hard; but it’s possible.
Many thanks to Luck for his military service and for keeping an eye out for us now. Thanks, too, for showing us how to seize opportunities!
Ever wonder who’s working those critically important anti-missile defense systems? Well, wonder no more! Michael Luck, Denison native, Army Veteran, and Grayson College graduate, has his eyes on the skies for you. Luck’s route to this certainly niche role was paved with hard work and seized opportunities. Luck graduated from Denison High School in 2011 and joined the Army […]
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