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Community colleges partnering with local organizations, businesses to help you

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FastForward programs are designed to train Virginians for in-demand jobs across the Commonwealth. From careers in healthcare to IT to transportation, the programs offered at each of Virginia’s Community Colleges vary according to the industries driving each community. Many businesses and organizations work in partnership with the colleges by driving students to the FastForward program, hiring those who earn a credential and supporting them throughout the training process.

Here are a few ways some of the local Career Coaches are tapping into their region to ensure their FastForward students succeed.  

“We work with People Inc., a community action agency offering children and family development, housing services and more, as well as the Virginia Employment Commission. Being a previous employee myself of 15 years with the VEC, I have a great relationship with all the partners affiliated there. We share the cost for many of our students, as this helps us to provide as many supportive services to our students as possible.” – Vicki Marrs, Wytheville Community College

 “We work with each of these partners referring students both to them and receiving referrals from them.” – Alyssa Hawley, Patrick Henry Community College In Martinsville, the FastForward program has worked with Virginia Department of Social Security and the SNAP Employment & Training program, HOPE Center Ministries, Virginia Workforce Center, GoodCare, Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services and several more.

“I have a great working relationship with both the local One Stop and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. They often meet students job hunting or applying for unemployment that would never cross our doorsteps. The staff there connect me with the students so we can discuss training available and eligibility.” – Brittney McDaniel, Piedmont Virginia Community College

“We have partnerships with Virginia Career Works and Virginia Ship Repair Association.” – Alejandra Diaz-Rangel, Tidewater Community College

“I work with social services in the local area, high schools, Redevelopment and Housing, Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services and Virginia Career Works.” — Lisha Wolfe, Camp Community College

“I work with Virginia Career Works, Workforce Development Board and Virginia Employment Commission. I also often work with local high schools and career and technical schools.” – Leslie Brooks, Southwest Virginia Community College

Don’t let job uncertainty, finances or any other barriers keep you from launching a new career through training. Our FastForward Career Coaches are here to help you every step of the way, and often, so are the local businesses they partner with. If you’re curious about programs offered near you, be sure to contact your local career coach today.