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Change your future in weeks. Not years.

The FastForward program helps students pay for short-term programs that can lead to high-paying jobs with industry recognized certifications or licenses.

Domiciled Virginia residents can earn an industry credential at 1/3 the cost of tuition for short-term training programs. Income eligible students can qualify for additional financial assistance that pays up to 90% of the cost of your training in high-demand programs in fields like IT, health care and the skilled trades!


Our eligible credential programs are based on the needs of local, Virginia-based employers, which means our students are in demand for skilled jobs when they complete their training. And, with our expert instructors and dedicated coaches to help at every step of the way from registration to completion, up to 90% of our students successfully finish their credential courses.

Look for FastForward-eligible courses in TCC’s online registration system.

Health Care

Deliver expert patient care and launch an in-demand and high-paying career with certifications and licenses in areas like billing & codes and medical assisting!

  • Certified Billing & Coding Specialist
  • Certified Professional Coder
  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant
  • Phlebotomy Technician FastTrack

Welding & Manufacturing

Unlock a high-demand career with skilled certifications and licenses in welding, computer-controlled machining, and job planning.

  • CNC Milling
  • CNC Turning
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding
  • Job Planning, Benchwork & Layout
  • Measurement, Materials & Safety

IT & Cyber Security

Dive into the world of cyber security and technology with industry-leading certifications growing fields.

  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+
  • Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP)

Maritime Trades

Train for high-paying jobs in the maritime industry specializing in areas like welding, pipefitting, and sheet metal.  

  • Maritime Pipefitter
  • Maritime Structural Fitter
  • Maritime Welding
  • Maritime Sheet Metal
  • Maritime Coating

Skilled Trades

Get hands-on with skilled training in the newest technologies for fields like HVAC, construction, carpentry, and plumbing!

  • Carpentry
  • Core-introductory Craft Skills
  • Electrical
  • HVAC
  • Pipelayer
  • Plumbing

Logistics & Transportation

Earn high-demand transportation certifications in commercial driving!

  • CDL Class A
  • CDL Class B


Experience what it feels like to make a difference in the classroom by earning a license in education.

  • Teacher License

Need help?

Alejandra Diaz-Rangel is TCC’s FastForward Career Coach. She will determine your eligibility for the program, answer any questions throughout and prepare you for entry into the workforce.

Contact Alejandra at or 757-822-1543.