Information for Employers

FastForward is your Pipeline for Skilled, Qualified Employees.

We know Virginia businesses struggle to find qualified talent — especially the skilled technicians and technologists who are trained on the equipment specific to your industry and vertical.

That’s why FastForward at your local community college was created.

FastForward is a grant-funded training program hosted through Virginia’s Community Colleges.

We’re here to serve as your community partner. We want to know what your needs are – from the kinds of training and certifications required to the kind of candidate you’re looking for.

From there, we attract people to enroll in workforce training programs aimed at earning industry-recognized certifications and licenses for a wide variety of in-demand careers.

93% Completion Rate

FastForward provides expert faculty and support staff who enable our students to succeed, saving you the cost and time of on-the-job training. More than 93% of our students complete their training and are ready to begin successful careers in your business.

icon 1

84% satisfied with job stability

On average, 84% of FastForward students surveyed report they are satisfied with job stability post-credential.
icon 2

$4,129 cost-to-hire

The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) reports businesses spend, on average, $4,129 to hire a new employee. Industry-recognized credentials can help streamline the hiring process.
icon 3

$2.6 billion in wages in Virginia

With a $55 million investment, FastForward graduates have earned $2.6 billion in wages in Virginia.
icon 4

77% of graduates stay in Virginia

On average, over 77% of FastForward students surveyed are employed in Virginia following a program completion.

FastForward Blog

Student studying at home in their living room
Study Tips to Boost Your Success in the Classroom

Getting a workforce credential at your local community college is a valuable way to get a leg up in your current career – or start a new career altogether. Because the trainings take weeks, not years, to complete, buckling down and studying hard will help you…

pexels anna shvets 3683081
Celebrating National Pharmacist Day with FastForward

As we celebrate the hard work and dedication of pharmacists across the country, today also serves as a reminder to express gratitude for the many other pharmacy-related workers who help patients access prescriptions and medications around the clock. A pharmacy technician is a key supportive role…

View All

Who grants the workforce credential?

Students are eligible to sit for a workforce credential certification exam at the end of their coursework. Credential certifications are either awarded through state-licensing agencies or through a third-party industry partner, like CompTIA or the American Welding Society.

I’m ready to connect with my local college
to talk about partnership opportunities.

Use the contact form below to get started.