28 Four-year college A four-year college education, or bachelor’s degree, can open doors and provide a wide range of career options and opportunities. While four-year colleges vary greatly in size, costs, admission policies, and in the majors they offer, all colleges want students who are prepared for college-level work. Two-year college Most two-year colleges are community colleges. Community colleges provide affordable, career- oriented programs that enable students to begin their career after two years of college or less. Students can also go to a community college for a year or two, and then transfer to a four-year college to earn a bachelor’s degree. Many states have state-supported technical colleges. Like community col- leges, they offer affordable, career-oriented programs, and their credits may transfer to a four-year college. Career / trade school Career and trade schools offer short-term training programs in a wide variety of career fields (e.g., cosmetology, electronics, welding). While some programs last only a few weeks, others take up to two years to com- plete. Career and trade schools can be expensive, and not all of them are reputable. It is, therefore, very important to check out the accreditation for any school you are considering. Military The military trains young men and women so they can serve and protect the interests of our country. The military offers qualified individuals a good salary and free job training. The military also provides discipline and structure, as well as opportunities for career advancement and travel. 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.