How can I be successful with FastForward?

Workforce and career training can be a big leap. But FastForward training at Virginia’s Community Colleges blends classroom lectures with hands-on learning to make going back to school enjoyable and multi-dimensional.

Plus—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 various financial assistance options. Instructors and career coaches are there to work with you when life presents hurdles!

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 $801, but as you can see from some of our graduates, some end up paying far less:

$25 Michelle

Pharmacy Technician
$450 Ryan

Commercial Driver’s License
$65 Keisha

Phlebotomy Technician
$0 Nate

Powerline Worker
$71 Kouri

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant, EKG, Phlebotomy Technician


Funding Sources

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, and all you have to do is talk to your career coach to see if you qualify.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
Financial Assistance/Aid for Noncredit Training leading to Industry Credential (FANTIC)
G3 Tuition Assistance

Virginia Education Wizard

Thinking like a student

When people come through a FastForward training program, their instructors are more like mentors. Many are veterans of the field and have longstanding relationships with community partners and hiring managers. 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.