Credentials for a career that matters

Online registration for Workforce Development programs is now open.

FastForward awards credentials for a career that matters. Take advantage of training in industry recognized, in-demand programs at Thomas Nelson.

A study from the Bureau of Labor Statistics found these important facts about getting certified:

  • The median weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers with a certification were 35 percent higher than those without a credential. 
  • People with a credential or license have a lower unemployment rate than those who do not.
  • Among the employed in 2016, people who work full time were more likely to hold a credential than those who work part-time. 

Find out how earning a credential will change your life. Learn more.

Funding through FastForward is limited and available until exhausted. Additional funding resources may be available. To learn more call (757) 825-2937.


Program Cost
Certified Nurse Aide $2,298
Clinical Medical Assistant $3,210
Cert Medical Office Admin. Assistant $2,166
Pharmacy Technician $1,950
Phlebotomy Technician $2,334

Manufacturing & Construction Trades

Program Cost
Electrical - Level 1 $1,500
Electrical - Level 2 $1,500
Facilities Maintenance Tech $3,345
HVAC Level 1  $1,698
HVAC Level 2 $1,848
Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW) $2,271
Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) $588
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) $1,335
Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) $2,178
Pipe Welding $2,145
Manufacturing Specialist (MS) $1,632
Manufacturing Technician 1 (MT1) $2,448
CNC Machining Level 1: Milling Operations $729
CNC Machining Level 1: Milling Programming, Setup & Oper. $879
CNC Machining Level 1: Turning Operations $657
CNC Machining Level 1: Turning Programming, Setup & Oper. $879


Program Cost
Certified Ethical Hacker $2,610
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) $1,740
CompTIA A+ $2,301
CompTIA Network+ $1,596
CompTIA Security+ $1,500

Transportation & Licensing

Program Cost
Commercial Driver's License $4,500