The Virginia Ready Initiative wants to help you gain necessary skills to find a career in an in-demand field. We have partnered with the Virginia Community College System and Virginia’s FastForward Workforce Credential Grant Program as well as Sentara College of Health Sciences to offer credentials for in-demand occupations across three broad industry categories – Technology, Healthcare, and Skilled Trades.

We focus on occupations with the most need for skilled workers, the skills that can be acquired through short-term, rigorous programs, and programs that are already part of our Education Partners’ curriculum (note that not all programs are offered at every college that we support).

Research your field of interest from our approved list of credential programs here. If you wish to speak to a FastForward Coach to research where the training program is offered closest to you, contact your selected community college, and start the enrollment process, click here – don’t forget to tell them that you want to enroll in one of VA Ready approved credential courses in FastForward.

If you are interested in participating in our pilot program with Sentara College of Health Sciences, be sure to visit their website for more information.

Once you’ve enrolled in one of VA Ready’s approved credential programs at one of the VCCS member institutions across the Commonwealth with FastForward, or through Sentara College of Health Sciences, come back to here and sign up to become a VA Ready Scholar.

What is FastForward?

FastForward is a short-term, low-cost workforce credential grant program to train Virginians for top, in-demand jobs across the Commonwealth. FastForward covers ⅔ of the cost of tuition for a wide range of credential programs offered through Virginia’s Community Colleges.

Most FastForward programs take between six and 12 weeks and are built so students can get their education quickly. FastForward helps students gain the skills they need quickly and affordably, while creating more opportunity for their future.

Sentara College of Health Sciences

Sentara College of Health Sciences is an accredited, not-for-profit institution of higher learning that specializes in healthcare education. Much more information is available at Sentara’s website.