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Strengthening Virginia’s Workforce

The demand for trained workers in industries like healthcare and IT continues to skyrocket. According to CNN, the U.S. will need to hire 2.3 million new health care workers by 2025. With the help of FastForward, Virginia’s Community Colleges are preparing students for local, in-demand jobs for healthcare…

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Career Coach Advice

Career Fairs for FastForward Students

A FastForward credential from your local community college is an easy way to become a more competitive job applicant. FastForward programs are short-term workforce trainings, so you can be in and out in weeks – trained and ready to jump right into the job search process….

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Student Tips

Identifying and Strengthening Soft Skills

Recognizing and developing soft skills is an important step in preparing for a new job, but it shouldn’t stop there. It’s important to continue gaining and building upon relevant soft skills throughout your career, making you a more well-rounded professional. A recent FastForward career coach survey…

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Training Tips

Achieve Your Career Goals with FastForward

For many students, FastForward training is a flexible and affordable way to earn an education that directly prepares them for a new job. For others, it’s a way to upskill in their current field. And that’s what makes FastForward workforce training so great: it’s designed for…

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Success Stories

How FastForward gave Taylor a new lease on life

A few years after graduating high school, Hampton Roads resident Taylor Johnson was out in the world working and enjoying her early 20s. She had recently completed an associate degree in the medical administrative assistant program at Tidewater Community College. Yet, she couldn’t shake the feeling…

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Virginia Workforce

#WorkforceWednesday roundup: The latest happenings around Virginia

Lately, there have been so many news stories about businesses hiring or businesses moving to Virginia. We decided to pull together some of the latest headlines and news updates.  Happy #WorkforceWednesday everyone.  Auto shops in the Richmond region are struggling to hire skilled workers to fill auto mechanic roles. The Richmond Times-Dispatch spoke to a…