|Northern High School, Hillside, Durham Performance Learning Center. None of them worked for Charity Philips.
"I was going through a lot of drama," the 18-year-old recalled of her years in high school. "I was going through boyfriend drama. I got into fights. I was an idiot."
She felt, she said, like "I didn't need school anymore."
After Philips dropped out, "so far behind in credit, oh, God, was I behind," she saw some information about Durham Technical Community College's Gateway to College program. It's a program that helps dropouts and students on the verge of dropping out earn a high school diploma while also earning college credits.
Last fall, Philips enrolled.
"They actually want to help you," she said about the program, part of a national initiative that local county and school leaders decided in 2009 to bring to Durham. "The people in the program care about you. They want to help you keep going. They push you to keep going. That's what I needed."