27 Career or Trade School Career and trade schools offer short-term train- ing programs for a wide variety of careers (e.g., cosmetology, dental assisting, photography, welding). While some programs last only a few weeks, others take up to two years to complete. Career and trade schools can be expensive, and not all of them are repu- table. It is, therefore, very important to check out the accreditation for any school you’re considering. To find the career/trade schools in your area, search online or go to nces. ed.gov/collegenavigator. Military The military trains young men and women so they can serve and protect the interests of our country. The military offers qualified applicants a good sal- ary and 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 on military opportunities, obligations, and benefits, go to www.todaysmilitary.com or talk to a local recruiter. Apprenticeship Students who prefer a hands-on approach to learning may want to consider applying for an apprenticeship program. Apprentices learn a skilled trade (e.g., carpentry, welding, roofing, firefighting) through a combination of classroom instruction and on-the-job training. Most apprenticeships are four year programs. Because apprenticeship programs have a limited number of openings, they can be difficult to get into. For information on the programs in your area, do an online search for the apprenticeship programs in your city and state.