SOLIHULL teen Marcus Green has won Solihull College's Student of the Year Award.
A few years ago the 19-year-old dropped out of school and was living in youth hostels.
But he decided to return to the classroom and start construction training -now he's got a job and his story has inspired his classmates.
His good work has been recognised and next week he will collect the Student of the Year Award.
"I was kicked out of school when I was 14-yearsof-age," said Marcus. "I had no aspirations whatsoever, no qualifications, no ambition.
"In an interview with my probation worker I said I might like to try warehousing, but it was just really something to do instead of hanging round in the street."
Eventually Marcus decided to go for an interview with the college's Entry into Employment programme.
Peter Madeley, E2E tutor, said: "He was quite impressive in his interview and it was obvious to me he was desperate to change things for himself."
Having passed his exams with flying colours, Marcus is now working on a housing project in Kingshurst.
"Coming to Solihull College and doing the course had made me feel much happier that I was doing something with my life. I had a much better attitude and outlook to life," he explained.