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Affordable, short-term training courses to help you fast-track your career.

FastForward programs help Virginians get the high-demand jobs they want and the salaries they need. ESCC programs “fast forward” careers by providing training in weeks or months, instead of semesters or years.

Why FastForward?

FastForward is a short-term program that prepares Virginia’s learners to receive recognized licenses or credentials in a variety of high-demand industries, helping them get the job they want with the salary they need to provide for themselves and their families.  FastForward credentials can either be stand-alone classes, or serve as the first step on a pathway that leads to more advanced learning opportunities, including certificates, Career Studies Certificates, and academic degrees. 

FastForward classes provide significant value to the learner.  Students (or their employer) pay for the first one-third of the class cost, and the Commonwealth of Virginia automatically pays for the next one-third.  Once a student successfully completes their class and earns their credential, the Commonwealth will also pay the last one-third!  Significant financial assistance is normally available to help students with their class costs; it’s not unusual for students to receive aid for all of their obligation.  Text books and certification exams are also included in the cost of the classes.  Additionally, the FastForward program provides learners with a dedicated coach to help overcome barriers both inside and outside the classroom.

ESCC FastForward Programs

CredentialAwarding Entity
Apprentice Medical Scribe Professional American Healthcare Documentation Professions
Certified Nurse Aide National Nurse Aide Assessment Program
Certificate in CybersecurityISC2
Certification in Governance, Risk & ComplianceISC2
Certified Information Systems AuditorISACA
Certified Information Security ManagerISACA
Certified Cloud Risk Management ProfessionalNICC
Certified Information Systems Security ProfessionalISC2
Cloud Essentials + CompTIA
Commercial Driver’s License Class A Virginia DMV
CompTIA IT Fundamentals+ 
(required to take other CompTIA classes)
CompTIA A+ CompTIA
CompTIA Network+ CompTIA
CompTIA Security+ CompTIA
Customer Services and Sales CertificationNational Retail Federation
NCCER Core – Introductory Craft/Trades Skills
(English and Spanish language offerings)
National Center for Construction Education and Research
Electrical – Level 1National Center for Construction Education and Research
Electrical – Level IINational Center for Construction Education and Research
Pharmacy Technician (inactive)Pharmacy Technician Certification Board
Remote Pilot Airman Licensing (FAA Part 107)Federal Aviation Administration

Contact ESCC Workforce Services at or call 757-789-7979.

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