Financial Assistance for Workforce Services Classes

FastForward is a high-demand program helping Virginians get the jobs they want and the salaries they need. FastForward programs are short-term training courses offered through Virginia’s Community Colleges to help you fast-track your career.

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Why "FastForward?"

In every corner of the Commonwealth, people are eager to find meaningful jobs, and employers are looking for workers with the right skills. In the decade leading up to 2023, Virginia businesses will need to hire more than 1.4 million people to replace retiring workers and fill newly-created jobs.  According to the National Skills Coalition, almost half of the job openings in Virginia between 2010 and 2020 will require some post-high school education, but not necessarily a bachelor’s degree. To land these jobs applicants need industry-recognized credentials, certifications and licenses. These programs are called “FastForward” because they can help Virginians train for fulfilling new careers in weeks or months, instead of semesters or years. FastForward programs are offered at PVCC and other colleges in the Virginia Community College System.

  • FastForward programs offer a clear path to meaningful careers, providing students with a renewed sense of professional fulfillment that comes with turning their lives around. 

  • FastForward Career Coaches at each community college will help participants through the job training process, help search for financial aid, and even help them prepare for entry into the workforce.

  • FastForward is the most affordable, attainable option in higher education.

Email Ashley Robinson at fastforward@pvcc.edu for the most current list.

Programs Approved for FANTIC

(This list is subject to change)

CREDENTIAL

CERTIFYING ORGANIZATION

COMPUTER  
CompTIA A+ Computing Technology Industry Association
CompTIA Network+ Computing Technology Industry Association
CompTIA Security+ Computing Technology Industry Association
HEALTHCARE  
Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Virginia Board of Nursing
Clinical Medical Assistant Program National Healthcareer Association (NHA)
Mammography Technologist The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)
Medication Aide Virginia Board of Nursing
Pharmacy Technician Pharmacy Technican Certification Board
Phlebotomy Technician Program National Healthcareer Association (NHA)
INDUSTRY  
2-Stroke Engine Repair Equipment and Engine Training Council (EETC)
4-Stoke Engine Repair Equipment and Engine Training Council (EETC)
Electrical Systems Certification Equipment and Engine Training Council (EETC)
Certified Apartment Maintenance Technican National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI)
Driveline/Hydraulics Certification Equipment and Engine Training Council (EETC)
Electrical Apprenticeship Program (Level 1) National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER)
EPA Section 608 Technician Certification ESCO Group
HVAC Excellence Employment Ready Certification ESCO Group
NCCER Core Craft National Center for Construction Education Resources (NCCER)
Solar Technician Associate Boot Camp North American Board of Certified Energy Professionals (NABCEP)
WELDING & SOLDERING  
Certified Welder American Welding Society (AWS)
Shielding Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) American Welding Society (AWS)
Soldering Certification IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries
Pipe Welding American Welding Society (AWS)
Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) American Welding Society (AWS)
PROJECT MANAGEMENT  
Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) PMI-Professional Management Institute
Project Management Professional (PMP) PMI-Professional Management Institute
TRANSPORTATION  
Commerical Driver's License Program Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
Remote Pilot Airman Certification FAA

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance may be available for select FastForward programs.

 

Questions?

Call Angela Constantino at 434.961.5338
or email fastforward@pvcc.edu

Learn more about FastForward Programs at www.fastforwardva.org