VA Ready’s goal is to reward Virginians who seize the moment and commit themselves to training for in-demand jobs. 

If your employment circumstances have changed, we want to help you learn a new skill, jumpstart your career, and better your life.

Join us for a free info session to learn more about:

  • How VA Ready can help you earn a credential in an in-demand industry
  • Our $1,000 Credential Achievement Award
  • Job opportunities with our business partners
  • How to enroll in a VA Ready-supported credential program at your local community college

All sessions will be recorded and made available online after the event for those who are unable to attend live.

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About VA Ready:

The VA Ready Scholars program was created for people who recently had their employment disrupted – laid-off, furloughed, or now without steady, full-time work – by the Covid 19 pandemic. In order to participate, you must first enroll in one of the 34 select training programs offered through the FastForward program at one of Virginia’s Community Colleges, or participate in one of our pilot projects through education partners such as Sentara College of Health Sciences. For a full list of programs and eligibility, see below.


What is the process for becoming a VA Ready Scholar?

Follow these simple steps to complete your student journey:

Enroll in a VA Ready approved credential course through the FastForward program in the Virginia Community College System
No later than 5 days after your course’s start date, submit an application as “final” for va ready on
Stay in contact with us during the term of your training program
Earn your credential and verify with VA Ready
Receive your $1,000 Credential Achievement Award
Explore VA Ready’s Job Exchange to see what jobs might be available for you

When you sign the VA Ready Scholar Agreement and provide information on your enrollment in a FastForward course, you will receive detailed instructions on next steps on how to earn your $1000 Credential Achievement Award.