As many Virginians retire in the next six years, employers will be searching to fill over 1 million in-demand positions. To close the skills gap in the Roanoke Region, Virginia Western’s Workforce Solutions is helping people get the jobs they want and the salaries they need through FastForward short-term training courses.

The Virginia Community College System launched the FastForward credential program in March 2016 to close the gap between job seekers and employers in high demand careers. Job applicants with workforce credentials are twice as likely to be hired as applicants with no credentials.

“These training programs can change a person’s future in weeks or months, not semesters or years,” says Milan Hayward, Vice President of Workforce Solutions. “FastForward credential programs with Virginia’s Community Colleges are the most affordable, attainable higher education option. Often they are the first step to creating a lifelong pathway to further higher education and career opportunities.”

To make these programs even more accessible, many of the manufacturing and healthcare training courses are offered at the Goodwill Jobs Campus on Melrose Avenue.

“Goodwill is excited to partner with Virginia Western to showcase opportunities for job training in our community. This partnership creates a learning environment that is convenient, supportive, and ensures the success of our students,” says Kelly Sandridge, Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations.

Prospective students can learn about spring courses, talk to career coaches and financial assistance partners, and begin their registration at the spring registration night:

  • Monday, December 11, 2017, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Goodwill Jobs Campus, 2502 Melrose Avenue NW, Roanoke, Virginia

Prospective students may call 540-857-6076 or email to register or request more information. Online registration:

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