Irene Tuttle, dropout prevention coordinator at Hibriten High School, said after identifying an issue, she sits down to talk one on one with the student.
"My procedure begins with pulling their transcript, schedule and attendance records," Tuttle
said."I can go all the way back to middle school , and most times that is where the problem starts."
To emphasize the importance of graduation, Tuttle shares statistics with students, including the money they will be making with a diploma versus without and that 82 percent of prisoners in America are high school dropouts.
"A lot of these students have never had to be held accountable for their actions," Tuttle
said."I think it makes it more real for them when they realize how hard it is without a high school diploma.Tuttle
offers students encouragement because the goal is to see them succeed.
"I always tell them, 'If you come to school, you will graduate even if takes longer than four years,' " Tuttle