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FastForward and the “gig economy”

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…

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FastForward into a new career in 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…

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After dead-end jobs, a meaningful career

“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…

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Finding freedom on the road

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…

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FastForward trainees keep the lights on across Virginia

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…

Ben earned his Remote Airman Pilot; he's now flying drones (pictured in his hand here)..
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Trained to Fly Drones, Prepared to Protect the Community

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…

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FastForward Career Coaches: Right by your side

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…

Kouri Certified Medical Assistant, FastForward
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From Credential to Career in the Blink of an Eye

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…