FastForward Blog

FastForward and the “gig economy”

Published: March 29, 2018
In a rapidly evolving economy that increasingly relies on freelance workers, having up-to-date and certified skill sets can mean the difference between thriving and just getting by. So said a Richmond business consultant at a recent educational conference devoted to workforce training. “Make no mistake, the gig economy is here to stay,” noted Glen Jones…
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Student Success: Afghan Refugee builds a prosperous American future

Published: March 15, 2018
After working for the U.S. Army in logistics in war-torn Afghanistan, Mohammed Fayez Adli needed to leave his native country and make a new life in the U.S. To find work here, he needed help translating and applying his education and business experience to his adopted country. Adli, as his friends call him, had skills…
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Another industrial revolution is underway…are workers ready for the future?

Published: March 1, 2018
Automation, artificial intelligence and advanced materials are transforming the American workplace, and people who want to succeed in the new economy will need to keep their skills and professional credentials up to date. A report from McKinsey Global Institute predicts that by 2030, a third of U.S. jobs could be automated, affecting up to 73 million…
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FastForward into a new career in 2018

Published: January 12, 2018
For many of us, the beginning of a new year serves as a fresh start for the areas in our life we wish to improve. That may mean heading to the gym to start a healthier lifestyle, or it may mean looking for opportunities to better your career. Get started down the path to a…
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After dead-end jobs, a meaningful career

Published: December 18, 2017
“I’ve worked my share of dead-end jobs, and I know what it’s like to need a new start. That’s why I’m excited to be a FastForward Career Coach.” – Mike Frasnelli, Northern Virginia Community College Mike Frasnelli found his dream job in education and career counseling after being expelled from college and working a host…
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Finding freedom on the road

Published: December 12, 2017
For some people, being stuck behind the wheel can be a headache. For Kenneth, being in the driver’s seat gives him a sense of feeling and accomplishment – all thanks to his CDL-Class A credential earned through the FastForward workforce training program. Kenneth enrolled in the Commercial Driver’s License training program at the Community College…
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FastForward trainees keep the lights on across Virginia

Published: November 29, 2017
Virginia’s rural electric cooperatives knew they faced a stark future if they did not act: short of enough workers with specialized skills, they would not be able to maintain the power grid across the countryside. To tackle what they termed “astounding” numbers of expected retirements in their ranks in the coming decade, electric co-ops joined…
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Trained to Fly Drones, Prepared to Protect the Community

Published: November 2, 2017
Technology is constantly evolving and it’s becoming increasingly important for organizations to stay on top of trends and use the latest equipment. For Ben, a captain at the Stafford County Sheriff’s office, this meant enrolling in FastForward to help better serve the Stafford community by flying drones. Leading the Unmanned Aircraft System Team (aka the…
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FastForward Career Coaches: Right by your side

Published: October 10, 2017
Making the decision to change your career, and your life, isn’t always an easy one. It can be an intimidating situation, but you shouldn’t let the fear of the unknown get in the way of a better career path. That’s where our FastForward Career Coaches come in. FastForward Career Coaches are here for you from…
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From Credential to Career in the Blink of an Eye

Published: October 4, 2017
Going from two part-time jobs to earning three credentials and a full-time job in the healthcare field in months is an impressive feat. And Kouri, a 24-year-old student from Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) did just that through the FastForward program. Through the FastForward program, Kouri was able to take classes at CVCC over a…
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