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Industry Spotlight: Healthcare

Published: November 26, 2019
If you have a passion for helping others, a knack for biology, enjoy working with your hands and want to have a job where you are making a difference in people’s lives, the healthcare industry might be for you, and timing couldn’t be better. Healthcare is one of the fastest growing industries in the United…
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Industry Spotlight: Welding and Manufacturing

Published: November 21, 2019
When we say that welding and manufacturing is the foundation, or the backbone to our daily lives, we mean that both literally and figuratively. Almost everything we interact with in our daily lives has at one point met the hands of a welder or manufacturer. From the cars we drive, to the buildings we live…
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Training for Less Than $100? In Some Cases, ‘Yes’

Published: November 4, 2019
We talk a lot about FastForward being one of the most affordable options in higher education, but we don’t always put our money where our mouth is. While every body has different levels of access to funding, whether it be income-based or some other designation (like being a veteran), training through FastForward gives you access…
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Industry Spotlight: Skilled Trades

Published: October 24, 2019
Do you have an aptitude for mechanical or electrical systems? Do you enjoy building things with your hands? Do your friends and family call on you to fix things around the house? Would being up high on an electrical pole not phase you in the slightest? If any of these sound like you, FastForward has a…
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Sisters and Study Buddies

Published: October 17, 2019
Finding the right study buddy can be a challenge. You want to make sure you partner up with someone who understands you – how you like to study, how you like to communicate back and forth. For Kacie and Heather, who are currently enrolled in FastForward training at Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC), they’ve been…
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Industry Spotlight: Logistics and Transportation

Published: October 14, 2019
Life on the open road. Driving around Virginia, the East Coast – even the entire span of the country. People are buying things online and those products have to get from Point A to Point B somehow. FastForward has a whole series of Logistics and Transportation credentials that give you essential skills in everything from…
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How A Lifelong Love for Helping Others Helped Herself

Published: October 3, 2019
For Danielle, a new bundle of joy meant a need for change. Just a few months before enrolling in the FastForward, she had her second child and realized she needed a more consistent schedule that would allow her the time she needed to provide for her family. Fortunately, the training through FastForward at Paul D…
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Heavy Lifting, Wonderful Benefits

Published: September 24, 2019
At first, Colin was a landscaper and a car porter for a body shop. He wasn’t making much money and it was difficult for him to get by. But when he heard about the quality of Lord Fairfax Community College’s FastForward program and the guaranteed interview that came with it, he made the jump to…
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Planning for Right Now, Planning for the Future

Published: September 19, 2019
Short-term training is quick and flexible, meaning you don’t have time to plan out or invest in a multi-year academic program to start reaching your career goals. That said, even programs with the quickest turnaround require a little bit a planning to ensure the training fits into your goals and overall life plan. Getting a…
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Re-Entry Programs: How FastForward Can Help Previously Incarcerated Students

Published: September 10, 2019
Right now, there are 131,000 Virginians who are behind bars or are otherwise subject to the criminal justice system, according to data from As incarcerated individuals get released (around 12,000 per year), it can be hard to find jobs or pathways that allow them to re-enter the workforce to start providing for their families…
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