For some teenagers the path to a life of trouble is an easy decision, yet often misguided.
Wednesday night, a group of students with criminal backgrounds, ready to drop out of school have a new attitude on life thanks to a program called project success.
17 high school students from Pitt County area schools graduated from a program called Project Success.
The program run by the Greenville Police Department is designed to prevent students from dropping out of school, by guiding them through 6 weeks of building communication, social, and work related skills.
This is the program's third graduating class made possible by a $150,000 dollar state grant.
Delisa Sheppard, a senior at North Pitt High School was arrested for stealing a few months ago but now credits project success for her own success.
Officials with Project Success say the program also helps with crime prevention.
69 percent of state prison inmates do not have a high school diploma.
Over 22,000 students across the state of North Carolina dropped out of school last year.