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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…

Virginia Officials Call AWS Data Centers in Spotsylvania, Stafford, Caroline and Lousia ‘Game-Changers’

Earlier this week at Germanna Community College, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin and other state and local officials called Amazon Web Services’ $35 billion investment in Spotsylvania, Stafford, Caroline and Louisa counties “transformational,” adding that related community college training will prepare local people of all ages for…

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Helping Students Score Career Goals: Sitting Down with Jennifer Merrill, Student Services Manager

When students have questions, Jennifer Merrill has answers. As the student services manager at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA Workforce Development), Jennifer and her staff of Student Support Specialists help students narrow down broad career goals into attainable steps toward a FastForward credential. Whether students need…