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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…

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FastForward 2023 Year in Review: Celebrating another year helping students earn credentials for careers that matter

2023 was another impressive year of growth for FastForward. Since 2016, the short-term credential program has helped students living in Virginia earn more than 52,900 credentials in industries ranging from infrastructure to nursing. As Virginia continues to experience rapid economic growth and development with recent accolades…