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There are thousands of jobs open across Virginia, and many of these essential fields don’t require a college degree. If you’re looking for an affordable career training program, consider enrolling in FastForward.

FastForward at Virginia’s Community Colleges is a short-term training program for high-demand industries, like healthcare, information technology and skilled trades and infrastructure, helping Virginians get the jobs they want and the salaries they need. Our goal is to get you trained, help you earn your certification and get you into a career that can support you and your family.

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FastForward From High School to Career

Hindsight is 20/20 for many adults who may spend the first few years (or more) after high school hopping from major to major, or job to job, because they didn’t have a chance to explore what path was right for them earlier in life. But, thanks…

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FastForward helps put the Community in Community College 

Matt McGraw, chief workforce officer at Mountain Gateway Community College, emphasized that there’s nothing else in the world like American community colleges. In Virginia, community colleges work diligently to stay connected to local industries and employers.   FastForward’s short-term credential training program fosters this local connection by…

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52,900+ credentials earned

Over 52,900 certificates and credentials have been awarded across Virginia’s Community Colleges through FastForward since 2016.
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40 in-demand careers

Our short-term career training programs prepare you for 40 great careers across seven industries in Virginia.
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71% wage satisfaction

71% of FastForward graduates, on average, are satisfied with their pay post-credential.
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86% satisfied with job stability

Of FastForward students surveyed, on average, 86% are satisfied with their job stability post-credential.

FastForward Student Success Story

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FastForward Heavy Equipment Operator and Construction Training | Virginia’s Community Colleges

Career and technical training like FastForward can help get you the skills needed for a great job in the construction industry. From heavy equipment operator, to electrical, HVAC and more, this training at your local community college can prepare you for open, high-demand jobs where you live.

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