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Upcoming FastForward Classes

Class Date Day(s) Time Location
CDL - Class A 11/4-2/25/24 Sat. & Sun. 8:00-5:00 Roanoke
CDL - Class A 11/13-12/22 Mon. - Fri. 8:00-5:00 Roanoke
CDL - Class A 12/11-1/16/24 Mon. - Fri. 8:00-5:00 Roanoke
Medical Assistant 1/9-3/19 Tues. & Thur. 6:00-10:00 Online with skills E238
LSS Yellow Belt 1/12-3/1/24 Fri. 1:00-5:00 Christiansburg 142
Production Technician 1/16-5/9/24 Tues. & Thurs. 4:00-8:00 Christiansburg 142
Pharmacy Technician 1/16-5/14/24 Tuesday 6:00-9:30 Online and Dublin E203
Heavy Equipment/Core 1/22-4/27/24 Online and Sat. Online Online with skills E242
SHRM-CP 1/25-4/18/24 Thur. 6:30-9:30 Online
Nurse Aide 1/30-5/2/2024 Tues. & Thur. 6:00-10:00 Rooker 231
Apartment Maintenance 2/9-4/26/2024 Friday 8:00-5:30 Christiansburg 245, 104
Solar Technician 3/29-3/30/2024 Friday & Saturday 8:30-5:30 Dublin E245
Solar Technician 4/12-4/13/2024 Friday & Saturday 8:30-5:30 Dublin E245

Upcoming Open Enrollment Classes

Class Date Day(s) Time Location
Constructive Conflict Resolution 11/10 Monday 9:00-4:00 Online
Word 2019: Part 1 Sessions 1 & 2 11/29 & 12/6 Wednesday 8:30-12:30 Online
Contractor Licensing Training 12/2 Saturday 8:00-5:00 Edwards Hall, E206
Excel 2019: Part 1 Sessions 1 & 2 1/24 & 1/31 Wednesday 8:30-12:30 Online
Excel 2019: Part 2 Sessions 1 & 2 2/14 & 2/21 Wednesday 8:30-12:30 Online
Excel 2019: Part 3 Sessions 1 & 2 3/20 & 3/27 Wednesday 8:30-12:30 Online
Business Writing for Professionals 1/26/24 Friday 9:00-4:00 Online
Effective Decision Making 2/2/24 Friday 9:00-4:00 Online
Making the Move to Supervisor 2/9/24 Friday 9:00-4:00 Online
Inspiring Leadership with Emotional Intelligence 2/15/24 Thursday 9:00-4:00 Online
Grant Proposal Writing 101 2/23/24 Friday 9:00-4:00 Online
How to Have Difficult Conversations 2/26/24 Monday 9:00-4:00 Online
Grammar Workshop 3/22/24 Friday 9:00-1:00 Online
Constructive Conflict Resolution 3/22/24 Friday 9:00-4:00 Online
Teambuilding Strategies 4/19/24 Friday 9:00-4:00 Online


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?

FastForward is a program that provides clear paths to meaningful careers and helps people get the jobs they want and the salaries they need. FastForward programs are low-cost, short-term training courses offered through NRCC to help you fast-track training to prepare you for careers in truck driving, manufacturing technology, medical assisting, nurse aide, pharmacy technician as well as Lean Six Sigma Green and Yellow Belt. Most courses take six to twelve weeks to complete, and financial assistance is available. FastForward programs provide the New River Valley’s most affordable, achievable option in postsecondary education.

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 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 Promissory Note


Financial Aid for Noncredit Training Leading to Industry Credentials program, also known as FANTIC, provides funding for students who can show financial need and who are enrolled in one of NRCC’s FastForward short-term career training programs. FANTIC funding is limited and is offered to students on a first-come, first-served basis.


Trades License Renewal Courses

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.

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