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.


Signing Up For FastForward:

Signing up for FastForward is a separate process from VA Ready.

First, Go to FastForward’s website where you will reach out to your local program and will receive an email with next steps. A FastForward coach will reach out to help you determine which programs are available at your community college and help you enroll.

Once you enroll in your course, come back here and sign our VA Ready Scholars Agreement and let us know what course you are taking and what community college you are enrolled in. Once you finish your course, take your credential exam, and verify you have earned your credential here at VA, you will receive your $1,000 Credential Achievement Award.

Important: To receive your award, you must sign our VA Ready Scholars Agreement, which registers and enables you to participate in the program and receive the $1,000 award when you achieve your credential.

VA Ready Scholars will also have access to all the support services provided by the community college you are attending and the FastForward team.

Upon completing the training course and earning the credential, VA Ready scholars receive a $1,000 Credential Achievement Award and the opportunity to interview with business partners in the field they studied.

Ready to enroll, learn a new set of skills, get back to work and launch your new career? Come on, Virginia let’s get ready for a new career!

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.