FastForward Blog

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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…

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Student Success

Finding Work After a Layoff

For 14 years, Greg Seals spent his days in the coal mines. He worked hard, day in and day out, to support his wife and four children. But when Blackjewel, a coal mining company with operations around the country, filed for bankruptcy and ultimately laid off…

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Virginia Workforce

Industry Spotlight: Information Technology (IT)

Are you an analytic thinker who likes solving problems and troubleshooting hardware or network issues? Do you speak techie? But then are you able to pivot and speak non-techie to technologically-challenged parents? If any of these questions resonate with you, the IT industry may be a…