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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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We asked Twitter users three questions about jobs and employers. Here’s what they said.

What Virginians believe to be the most important thing they look for in a job could be summarized in one word: wages.  Over a three-day period, FastForward pushed out three polls into the Twitter-sphere, targeting Virginians 25 and older who have indicated a previous interest in topics surrounding jobs, work and careers. Here’s what we uncovered.  What employees look for in a job  According to…

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Workforce training: Setting yourself up for success

A FastForward education at your local community college prepares individuals for a career in an in-demand field right in their community. Programs to earn a credential or certification, many stackable, take just a few short weeks and run year-round. Whether you’re starting in the summer, fall,…

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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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