FastForward Blog

How FastForward Helped This Grad Take the Next Step

Published: July 1, 2019
Mercedes has always had an interest in medicine and in helping people. She received her first medical training when she was still in high school, and her interest in the field only grew after she faced a medical condition herself. She recalls that her interactions with the nurses that helped her at the hospital only…
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FastForward Perks – From Library Access to Career Services

Published: June 24, 2019
When you enroll in a FastForward training program, you’re not only getting hands-on training from industry professionals, but you have access to all the benefits of being a community college student. Your advisor comes in the form of our FastForward Career Coaches, who serve as navigators, helping get you enrolled, all the way to finding…
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LFCC Hosts Signing Day for High School Graduates

Published: June 13, 2019
They’re barely out of high school, and already a group of students has begun building their careers thanks to a unique opportunity with LFCC Workforce Solutions. The first cohort of high school students enrolled in the Heavy Equipment Operators (HEO) program is finishing up classes this week, and many students have already been hired by…
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A Flexible Career Training Option for Virginia Residents

Published: June 4, 2019
Virginia is known around the world for its world-class military operations – from the Naval Shipyard in Hampton Roads, to Coast Guard, Army and Air Force troops stationed at Fort Belvoir, Fort Lee, Quantico and more. Serving the military community is something FastForward prides itself in – from the service members themselves, to their spouses…
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No Hurdle Too Tall For This Single Mother

Published: May 23, 2019
For Megan, the decision to pursue a career in the power line industry came from wanting to have a stable career and a secure future for herself and her 12-year-old daughter. “The best part that appealed to me was just the financial stability and the fact that we are always going to have a need…
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Crunching the Numbers for a Successful Career

Published: May 17, 2019
Imagine spending your days with your hands deep in soil, pulling weeds and tending crops under the heat of the Virginia sun. For many in rural parts of the Commonwealth, this is a way of life, and as Ryan describes it for those who live on the Eastern Shore: “You either work on the water…
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Welding Program Ignites Life Change

Published: May 10, 2019
You know you’re in an exciting line of work when one day you’re installing a staircase at a college in Lynchburg and the next, you’re planning work on a high-rise construction project in Richmond. Since receiving his 6G Pipe Welding Certification after completing FastForward training, Marcus, a former farm hand, has been enjoying life working…
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Time Management: Juggling Life and Training

Published: May 7, 2019
Our students juggle a lot: family, job(s), life. But that’s where our FastForward Career Coaches can help. Our coaches are here to help students prioritize their to-dos and figure out a solution to some of the common challenges to fitting training into their schedules. “We talk about a student’s schedule at the beginning – time…
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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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