22 Two-year college Most two-year colleges are community colleges. Com- munity colleges provide affordable, career-oriented programs that enable students to begin their career after two years of college or less. Business, law en- forcement,andengineeringtechnologyarejustafewofthecareersstudents can prepare for by going to a two-year college. Students can also start at a communitycollegeandthentransfertoafour-yearcollegeafterayearortwo. Career or trade school Career and trade schools offer short-term training programs in career fields such as auto body technol- ogy, cosmetology, and dental assisting. While some programs last only a few weeks, others take up to two years to complete. Career and trade schools are privately owned, and they can be expensive. Not all career and trade schools are reputable. Students need to carefully check the accreditation of any school they’re considering. Military The military trains young men and women so they can serve and protect our country. The military offers qualified individuals free job training. It also provides discipline and structure, as well as opportunities for career advancement and travel. In addition to the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines, there are opportunities in the Reserves and the National Guard. For information, go to www.todaysmilitary.com. Apprenticeship Students who prefer a hands-on approach to learning may want to consider applying for an apprenticeship program. Apprentices learn a skilled trade through a combination of classroom instruction and on-the- job training. Apprenticeship programs usually last 2-6 years. Because most programs have a limited number of openings, apprenticeship programs can be difficult to get into.