Financial Assistance for Workforce Services Classes

FastForward is a program helping Virginians get the high-demand 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 for the most current list. 

To register:

For FastForward programs (other than CDL, Health care or Welding) go directly to our online registration website at

Fastforward approved Programs

(This list is subject to change)



CompTIA A+ Computing Technology Industry Association
CompTIA Network+ Computing Technology Industry Association
CompTIA Security+ Computing Technology Industry Association
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)
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)
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)
Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) PMI-Professional Management Institute
Project Management Professional (PMP) PMI-Professional Management Institute
Commerical Driver's License Program Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
Remote Pilot Airman Certification FAA

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance may be available for those who qualify. 

Financial Assistance for Noncredit Training that leads to Industry Credentials (FANTIC) provides funding for students who meet the eligibility requirements and are not eligible for other financial assistance. This financial assistance will pay for a maximum of 90% of the student’s cost for the program. Qualified students are responsible for a minimum of 10% of student cost of the training at the time of registration. 

Persons in Family/Household 200 Percent of Poverty
(Poverty Guidelines x 2)
1 person $24,280
2 people $32,920
3 people $41,564
4 people $50,200
5 people $58,840
6 people $67,480
For families/households with more than 6 persons, add $4,320 for each additional person. 


To Apply for FANTIC

  1. Download and fill out the FANTIC application
  2. To be considered for Financial Aid for Fast Forward classes, please call 434.961.6556 or email "> to make an appointment with Angela Constantino. Bring the following documents with you to your appointment:

After completing the application call Angela Constantino at 434.961.6556 to set up an appointment to determine eligibility.  

NOTE: Class enrollment must be processed five days prior to class start date to avoid loosing FANTIC funding. 


To Register for Fastforward classes:


  • To register for PVCC Health Careers you must first attend a Health Care Pre-Enrollment Information Session. Sign-up online: Health Care Pre-Enrollment Information Session. 
  • To register for Commercial Driver's License classes, call Mike Marcotte at 434.987.5369 to set up an interview. 
  • To register for Welding classes, call PVCC Workforce Services at 434.961.5354. Please complete these forms before calling. VA Domicile Form, WCG Agreement. 

For all other FastForward classes, register online


Call Fast Forward Career Coach at 434.961.6556
or email

Learn more about FastForward Programs at