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Training Takes Weeks. Not Years.

There are thousands of jobs open across Virginia, and many of these essential fields don’t require a college degree. If you’re looking for a safe, affordable job career training program, consider enrolling in FastForward.

FastForward is a short-term training program for high-demand industries, helping Virginians get the jobs they want and the salaries they need. Our training is offered locally through Virginia’s Community Colleges.

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#WorkforceWednesday roundup: The latest happenings around Virginia

Lately, there have been so many news stories about businesses hiring or businesses moving to Virginia. We decided to pull together some of the latest headlines and news updates.  Happy #WorkforceWednesday everyone.  Auto shops in the Richmond region are struggling to hire skilled workers to fill auto mechanic roles. The Richmond Times-Dispatch spoke to a…

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Industry and workforce trends for 2022

At times 2021 felt like a stop-gap year, a layover on the way to the real destination. We already know that COVID-19 has radically reshaped education, work and leisure. As 2022 begins, it’s clear that we have a long road to walk before reaching a new…

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How Virginia businesses can work with FastForward

FastForward programs at each of Virginia’s 23 community colleges work hand-in-hand with local businesses to ensure training programs are designed to meet regional hiring needs. In turn, local Virginians have affordable, flexible opportunities to train for in-demand jobs. While our career coaches and faculty work hard…

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32,000+ credentials earned

Over 32,000 certificates and credentials have been awarded across Virginia through FastForward.
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40 in-demand careers

Our short-term career training programs to prepare you for 40 great careers across seven industries in Virginia.
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55% higher pay

FastForward graduates, on average, have been hired for jobs that boost their take home pay by 55%.
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2x more hirable

Job applicants with workforce credentials are 2X as likely to be hired than applicants without credentials. 1

FastForward in Action

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FastForward to a Brighter Future: Megan’s Story

We talked to Meagan Yeager, a FastForward graduate, about her experience going through the powerline worker program at Southside Virginia Community College. She climbed, she trained and 11 weeks later, Meagan had a job and a secure future at Virginia’s largest electric utility.

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