Workforce Development Short-Term Career Training


FastForward, Credentials For A Career That Matters / Wytheville Community College

Short-Term FastForward Programs 

What is FastForward?

FastForward is a high-demand program helping Virginians get the jobs they want and the salaries they need. FastForward programs are short-term training courses offered through Virginia’s Community Colleges to help you fast-track your career. Job applicants with workforce credentials are twice as likely to be hired than applicants with no credentials.

Financial assistance is available to students participating in training and certification in one of the following approved programs:
For a description of the programs, click on the program title. 

This is a 12-month program. Each part runs 6 months. 

Students will earn entry-level skills in each of the eight areas of automotive service and repair defined by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). 

Training Topics:

» Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

» Brakes

» Electrical/Electronic Systems

» Engine Performance

» Engine Repair

» Heating & Air-conditioning

» Manual Drive Train & Axles

» Suspension & Steering

Tuesdays and Thursdays

5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

WCC WEST in Marion

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The complete AWS D1.1 Structural Steel certification course is made up of 80 hours of training. The focus of the program is to advance the welding skill of each student so that each is prepared to successfully test and certify in the AWS D1.1 structural steel welding code process.

Training Topics:

» Fundamentals of the GMAW processes

» Safety » Routine equipment maintenance

» Troubleshooting » Preparation of ferrous and non-ferrous metal prior to welding

» AWS certification guidelines

» Technique and proficiency in the 1-G welding position

» 1-F and 2F welding positions

Monday and Wednesday

5:00 - 8:30 PM

Crossroads Institute - Galax

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This program will introduce students to four areas of maintenance technology. Students will have the opportunity to earn many certifications. Certifications are earned through the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3).

Training Topics:

»Electrical Power

»Mechanical Power

»Fluid Power


Tuesday and Thursday

5:00 - 9:00 p.m. 

WCC Main Campus- 217 Grayson Hall

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This four-week program provides classroom instruction and behind-the-wheel experience to obtain a class A license. This program is only available to Virginia residents 18 or older, and out-of-state residents 21 or older.

Training Topics:

» Department of Transportation Laws & Regulations

» Operation of Commercial Vehicles 

» Preparing Daily Driver Logs

» Transporting Hazardous Materials 

» Commercial Vehicle Safety

» Vehicle Safety Inspections

» Vehicle Components and Proper Function

» Airbrake Testing

» Truck and Trailer Backing Techniques

» Trip Planning and Map Reading

Monday - Thursday

7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Crossroads Institute - Galax

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The Power Line Worker curriculum addresses the fundamental aspects of power line work to ensure workers maintain safety for both the public and electrical crews. Power Line Workers install, remove, maintain, and repair high-voltage and low-voltage distribution lines and associated equipment and facilities. Students earn certifications through NCCR, and a Class A CDL, in addition to others. 

Training Topics:

» Truck Driving

» Safety

» Underground Boring

» Loading & Unloading Equipment

» Rigging

» Operating Utility Service Equipment

Monday - Thursday

7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

WCC Main Campus 

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Training Topics:

» Operating Utility Service Equipment

» Locating Underground Cable

» Loading & Unloading Equipment

» Installation of Transformers » Equal Potential Grounding and Box Grounding

» Installation of Meter Boxes and Services

» Class A CDL Truck Driving

Monday - Thursday

7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

WCC Main Campus

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FastForward program contact: Lisa Lowe
Phone: (276) 223-4867

Please contact Lisa to schedule an appointment. Application packet and deadlines for applying will be provided at that time. Students are entered on a first come, first served basis as applications are finalized. It is important for students to be proactive in finalizing their applications in a timely manner. 


Required Documentation:

  • Driver's License/or Birth Certificate
  • Utility Bill with most recent address: (bank statement, cell phone bill, electric, voter card, etc.)
  • Most recent Tax Return filed (if parent/guardian is claiming you as a dependent, parent or guardian tax return will be required along with driver's license from both parent and student); OR if receiving TANF/SNAP (provide a copy of eligibility letter); OR if receiving Disability (provide a copy of eligibility determination letter). 



Contact the Workforce Development Office:

Lisa Lowe, Workforce Career & Credentials Coach
(276) 223-4717

Ronni Sharpe, Workforce Career Coach
(276) 223-4820