Community College Community colleges provide affordable, career-oriented programs that enable students to begin their careers after two years of college or less. u Going to a community college can be an excellent choice for students who have specific career goals. u Community colleges offer programs in high growth career fields such as health care, computer science, and business. u Students who want a bachelor’s degree can start at a community college and then transfer to a four-year college. Some states have public technical colleges that also offer affordable one and two-year career programs. Their credits may also transfer to a four-year college. “My career goal is to be a dental hygienist. I was really excited to find out that the community college in my hometown has a dental hygiene program—and that I can finish it in just two years.” Jessica