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Career Start Programs

Starting out? Starting again? Connect To Low Cost and NO COST Training with CareerStart!

CareerStart combines industry training with computer skills practice and personal career coaching, so students are prepared for future education, training, or employment opportunities. We connect students to CCWA’s FastForward training classes which feature short-term, entry-level certifications in health care, customer service, warehousing/logistics, manufacturing, technology, and the trades. Tuition is free or low cost to applicants who qualify for income-based grants.

CareerStart Classes Include:

  • Certification Preparation and Training
  • Skills for Online Learning 
  • Career Exploration
  • Employability Skills
  • Job Search Assistance
  • Academic and Technology Support

Programs Available:


Customer Service Certification with Career Exploration
This class is a longer version of the FastForward class with time to work with our staff to develop your computer skills, explore career options, and make a plan for the future. We combine preparation for the National Retail Federation Customer Service and Sales exam with professional skills training to help students polish the communication and interpersonal skills needed in any career.

CareerStart Coaching Cohort
Students who prefer to jump right in with other FastForward classes can still access CareerStart’s coaching services by joining our online classroom. In this space you will meet other students, hear from guest speakers and employers, get help if needed, and work with a career coach to explore employment or education opportunities.


*Visit bit.ly/careerstartinfo today for links to our class schedule, information sessions and eligibility requirements.  Classes combine online learning with hands-on activities, video lectures, and independent projects.  Copies of your Birth Certificate, Social Security Card and Driver’s License will be required to show eligibility.

These programs are funded through the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act, the Virginia Department of Social Services’ Road to Success in Virginia (RSVP) Initiative, Capital One, Virginia Credit Union and other grant sources.

Program Locations: Reynolds Downtown Campus and Petersburg Technical Center.  Please Note: All programs are being held online at this time.  On campus classes are subject to resume as restrictions are lifted.

Questions?  Call the CareerStart office at (804) 523-5345 or email careerstart@ccwa.vccs.edu.