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New River Community College’s Office of Workforce Development fosters economic growth and development by helping provide an appropriately trained workforce for the New River Valley and the Commonwealth. Services include credentialing, a wide range of training opportunities, skills upgrading and career development programs, retraining, pre-employment testing and state-of-the-art technology instruction. Workforce Development staff develop customized training programs to meet the specific needs of employers, and the unit also offers open enrollment courses for the general public in areas ranging from computing to management training.

What is FastForward?

An innovative program launched in 2016 as the “New Economy Workforce Credential Grant Program” (FastForward) after approval by the General Assembly of Virginia, now known as FastForward. This program was established for the purpose of:

How FastForward Works

Courses offered under this program are designed to be completed on a short-term basis (weeks or months as opposed to years of study). Students in FastForward program also benefit from significant cost reductions. Subject to the availability of funds, students pay only one-third of the normal cost of training. Pending availability of state funds, students can use FANTIC funds (see below) to help cover the first one-third if necessary.

Student Expectations

  • Pay 1/3 of the tuition up front
  • Attend and participate in all classes
  • Pass certification requirements/testing
  • Provide a copy of the earned credential to NRCC Workforce Development
  • Sample Release Form

Approved FastForward Programs

  • CDL – Class A
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Medical Assistant
  • Nurse Aide
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
  • Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt
  • Manufacturing Technician (MT1)


Financial Aid for Non-credit Training Leading to Industry Credentials (FANTIC) provides funding for students demonstrating financial need who desire to enroll in an approved FastForward training program leading to the attainment of an industry-recognized credential or licensure and are not eligible for other funding grants or financial assistance.

Attention journeymen, master plumbers, electricians, HVAC mechanics and gas fitters - you know you need continuing education in your profession as part of the licensing process, but did you know you can fulfill that requirement at NRCC?

NRCC offers Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation and Board of Contractors approved renewal courses online.

Industry and Trades Courses: