FastForward Blog

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Career Coach Advice

Hands-on training, online?

It’s hard to complete hands-on workforce training when you can’t get your hands on what you need to train. How do you practice your blood drawing skills without a dummy to practice on? How do you review your pre-trip inspection in preparation for your CDL exam?…

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Career Coach Advice

Finding the Right Path Forward to a New Job

If you’re going through a challenging life event like being laid off, are uncertain about a career path or are looking to gain a new skill, here are a few ways FastForward’s Career Coaches can help you. Know your financial assistance resources “If a new student…

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Virginia Workforce

Skilled Workers are Essential

During this time of uncertainty, one thing is for certain: our workers on the frontlines are heroes. We can’t help but think about all of our current students and FastForward graduates who are working hard to keep us well, safe and protected in these challenging times….

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Career Coach Advice

Helping to Serve her Community

When Brooke Shehan was taking dual enrollment classes at Rockbridge County High School through Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, she wasn’t anticipating a future career helping people at the same school that helped her earn her college credits. But here she is today, the FastForward Career…

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Virginia Workforce

What’s up in Virginia’s workforce

There’s a lot of Virginia workforce and career news. We’re starting a monthly series where we pull together highlights of what’s happening across Virginia. This month is particularly busy thanks to an active General Assembly session. Big hiring and layoff announcements On the positive side, GRIMM,…

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Career Coach Advice

How to find a career you love

Are you frustrated at your current job, or simply don’t enjoy going to work each day? That’s okay, you’re not alone. Whether it’s a low paycheck, high stress or a general sense of complacency, you deserve to find a career you will love. We talked with…

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Student Success

You (CNA) Do It, Too!

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try (and try and try) again. Julian, a student in the FastForward Certified Nursing Aide program, did just that. After graduating high school, Julian had dreams of working in healthcare, but growing up in a small town in West…