FastForward Blog

Building Up A Career Through FastForward Training

Published: May 21, 2018
Before Micah enrolled in a welding training program at Tidewater Community College, he was working a job at a septic company. Only six months on the job, he decided to change his career path and get trained in something different. “I thought that welding would be a good job to go into,” Micah said. “I…
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Employers Are Looking For These Four Soft Skills

Published: May 8, 2018
Ethical hacking, certified nurse aide, arc metal welder. These careers all have technical skills that are attainable through FastForward training. Employers will look at a person’s ability to measure blood pressure or weld cylindrical, tack-welded pieces – but they’re also looking for certain “soft skills” that aren’t necessarily written on your resume. Soft skills are…
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Three resume mistakes preventing you from starting the career you want

Published: April 30, 2018
You’ve done the work and completed your FastForward training. You’ve even attained a few certifications, but now what? It’s time to kick-off your job search! But before you start applying to job listings that fit your career path, you’ll probably need to update your resume, with information about your FastForward training program and the certifications…
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FastForward and the “gig economy”

Published: March 29, 2018
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 gig economy is here to stay,” noted Glen Jones…
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Student Success: Afghan Refugee builds a prosperous American future

Published: March 15, 2018
After working for the U.S. Army in logistics in war-torn Afghanistan, Mohammed Fayez Adli needed to leave his native country and make a new life in the U.S. To find work here, he needed help translating and applying his education and business experience to his adopted country. Adli, as his friends call him, had skills…
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Another industrial revolution is underway…are workers ready for the future?

Published: March 1, 2018
Automation, artificial intelligence and advanced materials are transforming the American workplace, and people who want to succeed in the new economy will need to keep their skills and professional credentials up to date. A report from McKinsey Global Institute predicts that by 2030, a third of U.S. jobs could be automated, affecting up to 73 million…
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FastForward into a new career in 2018

Published: January 12, 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 your career. Get started down the path to a…
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After dead-end jobs, a meaningful career

Published: December 18, 2017
“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 after being expelled from college and working a host…
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Finding freedom on the road

Published: December 12, 2017
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 Commercial Driver’s License training program at the Community College…
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FastForward trainees keep the lights on across Virginia

Published: November 29, 2017
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 their ranks in the coming decade, electric co-ops joined…
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