How can I be successful with FastForward?
Workforce and career training can be a big leap. FastForward training is offered at your local community college, which means going back to school to do some book work and being tested through hands-on skills demonstrations.
Your instructors and career coaches will help you every step of the way, from finding the right courses to helping cover as much out-of-pocket costs as possible through several financial assistance options to working with you when life presents hoops for you to jump through.
Paying for FastForward
FastForward is one of the most affordable options for career training in Virginia. Our program is supported by the Commonwealth of Virginia, offsetting the price you pay from your own pocket.
The average out-of-pocket cost for FastForward training is $1,100, but as you can see from some of our graduates, some end up paying far less:
$25 MichellePharmacy Technician
$450 RyanCommercial Driver’s License
$65 KeishaPhlebotomy Technician
$0 NatePowerline Worker
$71 KouriCertified Clinical Medical Assistant, EKG, Phlebotomy Technician
There are many funding sources that help reduce your training costs. If you have military experience, if you were formerly incarcerated, if you’re a single mother – there may be additional resources, all you have to do is talk to your Career Coach to see what you qualify for.
Thinking like a student
When people come through a FastForward training program, their instructors are more like mentors. Many are veterans of the field. Our instructors don’t just memorize lesson plans – they’ve had a full career in the field they’re teaching. You’ll come to the classroom to learn from a book, but you’ll also be using your hands and learning new skills that will lead to an in-demand career.
FastForward Legislative Fact Sheet
Learners who come through FastForward have positive outcomes and many students see five-digit wage gains. Review our 2022 Legislative FastForward Outcomes Fact Sheet to learn more.