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Success Stories

Three Common Hurdles When Going Back to School

Life can get in the way of going back to school, but, hopefully, that shouldn’t keep you from investing time in something that can change your life for the better. We talked to our FastForward Career Coaches about hurdles their students have overcome when deciding to…

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Success Stories

From Hobbyist to Business Owner

Matt has been a drone enthusiast for several years. The avid outdoorsman was fascinated by the vantage point that a flying quadcopter could give while out hunting, fishing or hiking – but he soon realized his drone use could go far beyond his weekend hobbies. “I…

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Helping Students Find Their Way Through FastForward

For most of her adult life, Jennifer Merrill has made a living by helping students navigate the obstacles that often come with pursuing an education. Serving as one of two FastForward Career Coaches at Northern Virginia Community College, Merrill has worked in a variety of campus-related…

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The Benefits of Being a FastForward Graduate

We could just say that being a FastForward graduate leads to a 25-50 percent increase in salary, which might be enough for some people to enroll. But the benefits of going through FastForward go well beyond your paycheck. We surveyed hundreds of FastForward graduates, and of…

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Employers Have a Vital Role in Building a Better Workforce

“Everybody’s got the same equipment and machinery. What differentiates us from anyone else out there in the marketplace is our people.” – Jeff Stapel Shickel Corporation H.R. Manager Jeff Stapel knows that skilled, industry-credentialed workers give his Shenandoah Valley firm its edge in a very competitive…

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Success Stories

Do the Unexpected with FastForward Career Training

Right or wrong, there are a lot of preconceived notions about “men’s work” and “women’s work.” There are still plenty of industries that are dominated by one gender or the other. But if you’re qualified for the work, your sex, age, religion, etc. shouldn’t matter. That’s…