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Training at Community College

Virginia’s Community Colleges is the commonwealth’s primary workforce training provider.

FastForward is offered through all 23 of Virginia’s Community Colleges. It is a financial assistance program that rewards students who successfully complete training and earn a high-demand industry certification. In addition to funding and incentives only offered at Virginia’s Community Colleges, by training at a community college, students can access campus resources, student benefits and explore the next steps for future education.

Typically, workforce training programs have a designation of “noncredit,” which means you’re taking a class at a community college, but you don’t earn any college credit for it. However, Virginia’s Community Colleges have worked hard to draw comparisons between noncredit courses and credit courses to ensure students can earn what’s called “credit for prior learning.” Between military service and previous work experience, you may have earned college credit you don’t know about.

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What is Credit for Prior Learning?

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) translates work and life experience into college credit for adult learners, helping you save time and money. CPL comes from things like career experience and training, military service, standardized exams and tests, professional certifications and awards and credits earned at other colleges. Virginia’s Community Colleges’ tool Credits2Careers can help you see what credits you may have already earned.

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95% of students

Completed their FastForward training in 2023!
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86% of students

Who go through FastForward are new to a community college. You can do this!
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92% of graduates

Say their credential is something employers want.
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86% of graduates

Are satisfied with their job duties post-credential.

What’s offered near you right now?

If you haven’t already explored our Credentials Available tool, this map is a great place to start.

Click or tap on the community college that is closest to you to see how many trainings are actively enrolling. You can click the link for each college to see which specific trainings programs are available, and you can enroll right away, or, you can talk to a career coach who can talk through your goals and options.

Tap or click a location to see local workforce trainings

Eastern Shore has 2 trainings open for enrollment

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Germanna has 90 trainings open for enrollment

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Laurel Ridge has 78 trainings open for enrollment

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Northern Virginia has 30 trainings open for enrollment

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Mountain Gateway has 30 trainings open for enrollment

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Blue Ridge has 40 trainings open for enrollment

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Rappahannock has 10 trainings open for enrollment

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Piedmont Virginia has 9 trainings open for enrollment

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J. Sargeant Reynolds has 87 trainings open for enrollment

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Brightpoint has 87 trainings open for enrollment

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Virginia Peninsula has 79 trainings open for enrollment

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Tidewater has 114 trainings open for enrollment

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Southside Virginia has 11 trainings open for enrollment

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Paul D. Camp has 38 trainings open for enrollment

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Danville has 0 trainings open for enrollment

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Patrick & Henry has 29 trainings open for enrollment

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Virginia Highlands has 6 trainings open for enrollment

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Mountain Empire has 2 trainings open for enrollment

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Southwest Virginia has 32 trainings open for enrollment

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Wytheville has 2 trainings open for enrollment

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New River has 16 trainings open for enrollment

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Virginia Western has 25 trainings open for enrollment

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Central Virginia has 28 trainings open for enrollment

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Tap here to see the full list of offerings.