Virginia Ready

Retraining Virginia's Unemployed to Get Back to Work Virginia Ready logo

Overview: The Virginia Ready Initiative (VA Ready) formed to address the urgent need to get Virginians back to work.

VA Ready provides registered VA Ready Scholars a $1,000 Credential Achievement Award upon obtaining the final credential in selected training programs in the following sectors: computer and cyber, healthcare and manufacturing/skilled trades.


  • Anyone who is currently unemployed and eligible to enroll in a FastForward program is qualified to become a VA Ready Scholar.
  • The start date for the FastForward training must be on or after August 1, 2020 to ensure all processes are ready for students’ success, including assistance with obtaining employment.
  • FastForward eligibility is not based on employment status nor enrollment in the VA Ready Scholar program.

**Eligible Programs: 

Computer & Cyber: 

CompTIA A+
CompTIA Network+
CompTIA Security+


Medical Assistant
Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)
Medication Aide
Phlebotomy Technician
Pharmacy Technician
EKG Technician

Trades & Others

Electrical and Electrical Systems
CDL License A

















**This list is subject to change. No other programs are part of this initiative at this time.


  • Applicant must be unemployed.
  • Applicant must agree to VA Ready Scholars Agreement.
  • Applicant must register prior to the start date of the FastForward course to ensure eligibility for the program.
  • Applicant must sign up at

When do students receive the award?

The student will receive the $1,000 Credential Achievement Award after the student provides evidence they have completed the credential to the associated VCCS college and at

Will students be taxed on the $1,000?

It depends on the student's income. Please consult the Virginia Income Website and a tax advisor.

Other questions?

Visit for more information, or contact Jenny Carter with the Virginia Community College System

The Virginia Ready Initiative (VA Ready) is a public charity focused on retraining Virginia’s unemployed for in-demand occupations in high-growth industries. VA Ready brought together over 35 leading companies across Virginia and established a partnership with the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) and the Commonwealth’s existing FastForward Workforce Credential Program.