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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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Laying the Groundwork for a Successful Future

Up until a few years ago, Allen Miller’s only experience with asphalt was driving and shooting hoops on it. He didn’t think about the process behind combining a semi-solid form of petroleum with aggregate particles through a highly controlled mixing process. He didn’t pay attention to…

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Sisters and Study Buddies

Finding the right study buddy can be a challenge. You want to make sure you partner up with someone who understands you – how you like to study, how you like to communicate back and forth. For Kacie and Heather, who are currently enrolled in FastForward…

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Heavy Lifting, Wonderful Benefits

At first, Colin was a landscaper and a car porter for a body shop. He wasn’t making much money and it was difficult for him to get by. But when he heard about the quality of Lord Fairfax Community College’s FastForward program and the guaranteed interview…

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Serving the Community and Keeping the Lights On

Brad, a student in the FastForward power line training program, became interested in power line work after speaking with friends who participated in the program and had positive reviews, as well as others who work at co-operatives and Dominion Energy. Helping his community and keeping the…

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With Knowledge Comes Opportunity

Having knowledge and experience is one thing, but it doesn’t do much good without the opportunity to use it. For Jason, a heavy equipment operator at S.W. Rodgers, opportunity was the deciding factor when it came to enrolling in the FastForward program at Lord Fairfax Community…

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Out of the Gallery and Into the Clinic

Some people were born to help others. Whether it’s through military enlistment, volunteerism or working in the service industry, some of us were made to lend a hand. For David, he’s made a career out of serving, first his country in the U.S. Navy, and soon,…

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