15 Community and technical colleges keep their classes small and they hire instructors who have worked in a related career field. The law enforcement instructor, for example, might be a retired police officer. Because colleges and programs vary greatly, it’s very important to visit any college you are se- riously considering. While you’re there, check out their facilities, equipment, and accreditation. All high school graduates are welcome Community and technical colleges accept stu- dents who have not followed a college prep program in high school. These colleges also do not require the ACT or SAT. However, to ensure that every student enrolls in courses appropri- ate for his/her ability level, many community and technical colleges require that all incoming students take a placement test. While students need only a general high school education to enroll in most programs, some programs have additional academic requirements. For ex- ample, a nursing program may require that all students have a year of biology, chemistry, and algebra before they apply. Of course, students who haven’t taken these required courses can take the ones they need, and then apply for the program. Community and technical colleges also offer classes to help students who aren’t ready for college level work. As a general rule, credits from these classes cannot be used to fulfill graduation requirements. Two-year colleges meet the needs of local communities Community and technical colleges usually have very diverse student bodies. While some of the students are recent high school graduates, many students areolder.Somearefirst-timecollegestudents;othersaretheretoupdatetheir skills or to prepare for a new career. To accommodate the students who work during the day, many classes are offered in the evenings and on Saturdays. Community and technical colleges generally don’t have dorms, and they seldom offer the social life and campus activities found at four-year colleges. These colleges, however, do provide athletic programs, clubs, and social activities, as well as a variety of support services such as counseling, career placement, and tutoring.