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