FastForward Blog

Working 24/7 to Pursue Career Ambitions

Published: April 16, 2019
When people are at their worst, Brittany is there to help see them through. Prior to enrolling in FastForward, Brittany was stationed at one of Sentara’s ER registration desks. She already earned a phlebotomy credential and a medical billing and coding credential through Paul D. Camp Community College, but Brittany wanted to keep going. “Being…
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A New Career is More Than Just a Pay Raise

Published: April 8, 2019
For Michelle, what started as a curiosity has now led to her making double what she made before and she’s earning high praise from her manager. Michelle had been working in home healthcare, making only $8 an hour, before deciding to enroll in pharmacy technician training at Blue Ridge Community College. “When I was working…
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A Solution That Works Around Your Schedule

Published: March 28, 2019
There are a lot of considerations to make when it comes to carving out time to enroll in career training. When can you take classes? How will you figure out childcare? Can you make it all work? Here’s the good news: FastForward Career Coaches, who are located at Virginia’s Community Colleges statewide, can help you…
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Graduating into a New Career

Published: March 18, 2019
Farley graduated high school uncertain of her future career trajectory. She always had an interest in the medical field and made the decision to enlist in the military to serve as a medical specialist in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany. Upon the completion of her service, she struggled to find and maintain work while…
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Overcoming Adversity While Forging Ahead in a New Career

Published: March 8, 2019
Perseverance is a quality that can easily be attributed to FastForward graduate, Natalie. Four weeks before the birth of her first child, she and her husband were in a car accident that would change their lives forever. They both survived the accident, but her husband Joey sustained permanent nerve damage and the inability to walk…
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Phlebotomy Training Opens Doors For Single Mother

Published: March 5, 2019
Keisha is proof of what can be accomplished through hard work and sheer determination. The Culpeper resident overcame homelessness while raising a young child to attain two health care certifications and start a fulfilling career as a certified phlebotomist/nurse assistant. In her position, Smith now has full-time benefits, including health insurance for her and her…
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Flexing Their Skills on the Job: FastForward Graduates Become Heavy Equipment Operators

Published: February 25, 2019
Roughly 69 percent of employers are having problems finding skilled laborers that match job postings, according to a report by Burning Glass. That means there are open jobs in need of skilled, qualified workers. Employers are seeking people with trade skills outside of a typical high school education to fill their workforce. Two students-turned-employees Colin…
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Building a Career Through FastForward Training

Published: February 15, 2019
Jamaul attributes much of his drive for self-improvement to supporting his family and serving as a positive role model for his two children. After out of high school, Taylor worked for retail and customer service positions as a third-party contractor, but he didn’t find a field where he thought he could grow. He saw an…
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Helping You Succeed: FastForward Coaches and Instructors

Published: February 4, 2019
Think about the coaches you’ve had in your life. When you were younger, maybe you had a sports coach who encouraged you when times were tough and helped call your next moves. As you got older, maybe you had a coach when you were trying to shed a few pounds at the gym, motivating, encouraging…
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Going Back to School: Advice from FastForward Career Coaches

Published: January 24, 2019
No childcare. Lack of transportation. College is too expense. There’s no time left in the day. Thirty-somethings don’t go back to school. These are just some of the worries our FastForward coaches hear when talking to people who are interested in career training. And we’re here to tell you – we’re here to help you…
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