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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.

FastForward Blog

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Three Things We’re Thankful For

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and we hope you get to feast on your favorite dishes while spending time with loved ones. Before the FastForward team prepares to do the same, we wanted to take a moment to give a shout out to those who…

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Tips on balancing life and a FastForward education

FastForward programs are designed to be flexible so that students can work and take courses at the same time while balancing family and personal life.  A 2020 survey found that FastForward graduates not only saw an average increase of $8,000 in wages, but also reported having a better overall work-life balance.  We recently conducted our…

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Reviews of FastForward: What students have to say about us

Virginia’s Community Colleges have helped to train thousands of students who have gone on to get certified for a wide-range of skilled trades careers across the Commonwealth. From certified nursing aids and clinical medical assistants to heavy equipment operators and truck drivers, we’re training Virginians for the open…

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24,000+ credentials earned

Over 24,000 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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25-50% higher pay

FastForward graduates have been hired for jobs that boost their take home pay by 25-50%. 1
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2x more hirable

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

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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