26 While students in career and technology programs generally have the skills to obtain a job when they graduate, almost two-thirds continue their education after high school. Career and technology programs are primarily available to high school juniors and seniors. If you think your child might do better with a more practical “hands on” approach to learning, ask your child’s counselor for information on the career and technology programs available in your school district. Two-Year College Most two-year colleges are community colleges. Community colleges provide affordable, career- oriented programs that enable students to begin their careers after two years of college or less. Business, law enforcement, dental hygiene, and engineering technology are just a few of the careers that students can prepare for by going to a community college. Students can also go to a community college for a year or two, and then transfer to a four-year col- lege to earn a bachelor’s degree. Many states have state-supported technical colleges. Like community colleges, they offer affordable, career-oriented programs, and their credits may transfer to a four-year college. Four-Year College A four-year college education, or bachelor’s de- gree, can open doors and provide a wide range of career options and opportunities. Four-year colleges vary greatly in size, costs, admission requirements, and in the majors they offer. All colleges and universities, however, want students who are ready for college-level work. It is, therefore, important that college bound stu- dents follow a college preparatory program in high school. On pages 28-30, you’ll find basic college information and a list of helpful websites. For information and advice on how to help your child prepare for college, talk to your child’s counselor.