Many paths lead to success. Understanding that, Virginia created FastForward to bolster its workforce and make it easier for you to access careers by offering a low-cost training option.
FastForward is a short-term workforce credential program to train Virginians for top, in-demand jobs across the Commonwealth.
Most programs take between six and 12 weeks and are built so students can get their education while they work. At Virginia’s Community Colleges, we want students to gain the skills they need quickly and affordably, while creating more opportunity for their future.
FastForward Coaches are here to help you explore your options, plan for your career, and guide you at every step along the way.
We'll help you navigate the financial aid process to help offset some of the FastForward tuition training costs.
Sign up for your credential course online or in person at your local community college.
Each credential program is different, but most run between six to 12 weeks.
Some programs may offer a short internship or externship (such as job shadowing an employee) before graduating. Your FastForward coach can give you more information about internship opportunities.
After you finish your credential program, you’re ready to sit for your exam and earn your certification.
Your FastForward Coach is your personalized support network, whether it’s helping you apply for grant funding or overcoming obstacles on your way to earning your credential. We have FastForward Coaches at each of Virginia’s community colleges to guide you on your path to success when life tries to get in the way of your education.