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CCWA recognizes that learning environments can be in private office spaces or in the comfort of your home. We are expanding our online courses for individuals interested in job development or industry certifications to prepare for a new career. Please visit the links below to explore our upcoming training programs.

For questions or more information, contact us: trainer@ccwa.vccs.edu or call 804-523-2292.

Classes for job seekers

CCWA’s FastForward program, is designed to train participants in weeks or months for available regional jobs and to provide them with an industry-recognized certification to open doors to employment.  With more job seekers working on their next career move from home, FastForward is converting classes as needed to entirely online learning or a combination of online instruction and small group hands-on application. Tuition assistance is available for these FastForward courses to all residents of Virginia, regardless of income.

Classes available at low cost or no cost, thanks to grants available to all Virginians, regardless of age or income level.

 Right now, job seekers can sign up for these online certification courses:

  • Truck Driver Training (CDL) (Online)
    The Truck Driver Training (CDL) program will provide the skills and opportunities needed to be successful in a truck driving career.  This course will prepare program completers and place them into local, regional and over-the-road jobs driving Class A commercial motor vehicles. Following 80 hours of online instruction, students will complete hands on, on-the-road instruction in a commercial truck. Learn about additional VA Ready benefits. Spring Classes AvailableRegister here.
  • NCCER Heavy Equipment Operator
    The Heavy Equipment Operator program was developed to meet the growing employment demands for equipment operators. This class serves as the first level of training in the Heavy Equipment Operator program. Tuition assistance available. This is a hybrid FastForward Certification – Tuition assistance and VA Ready benefits available. The next course begins Tuesday, March 13.  Learn more here.
  • Emergency Telecommunicator Certification
    The Emergency Telecommunicator Certification is a program designed to familiarize students with emergency communication centers, emergency telecommunication technology, interpersonal communication, legal issues, and job stress factors related to work as a 9-1-1 operator.  Learn about additional VA Ready benefits. The next course begins Tuesday, March 16.  Register here.
  • National Retail Federation (NRF) Certification in Customer Service and Sales (Online)
    The National Retail Federation (NRF) Certification in Customer Service and Sales is designed to capture the core duties for a range of entry-level through first-line supervisory positions across sales and service industries. This is an online FastForward Certification – Tuition assistance and VA Ready benefits available. The next course begins Saturday, April 10. Register here.
  • Lean Practitioner Certification (Online)
    This course focuses on how to improve processes by using the Lean Six Sigma methods and tools. Learn how to immediately apply the most important Lean principles, methods, and tools in the field. Utilizing an extensive knowledge base, the focus is on the practical application of Lean and process improvement. The course comes with a hands-on simulation and project development. . This is an online FastForward Certification – Tuition assistance and VA Ready benefits available. The next course begins Tuesday, March 23. Learn more here.
  • COMPTIA Security+
    The CompTIA Security Support Associate program fulfills the requirements of the official CompTIA training curriculum. This practical hands-on class will prepare students to become CompTIA certified. This is an online FastForward Certification – Tuition assistance and VA Ready benefits available. The next course begins Friday, March 5. Learn more here.
  • Pharmacy Technician
    This program prepares participants to enter the pharmacy field and to pursue certification including the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam. Once certified, technicians work under the supervision of a registered pharmacist in hospitals, home infusion pharmacies, community pharmacies and other healthcare settings. Exam fee included. This is an online FastForward Certification – Tuition assistance and VA Ready benefits available. The next course begins Monday, March 22. Learn more here

Improve your skills on the job

  • Managing Remote Teams
    Friday, March 5
    Gain an understanding of time management techniques to improve your productivity and reduce stress in the workplace. Learn to meet deadlines and prioritize so that nothing slips through the cracks. Register here.
  • The 4 Disciplines of Execution (4DX) 
    Wednesday, March 24
    The 4 Disciplines of Execution(4DX) is a simple, repeatable, and proven formula to create a winnable game. The concept covers four key areas that, when combined, help leaders and teams execute business strategy and gives the power to execute on the most important goals in the face of competing priorities and distractions.  Register here.
  • Effective Decision Making
    Friday, March 5 & Friday, March 12
    Learn to write effectively and professionally where the emphasis is on correct, clear, concise, and conversational communication. Improve your ability to write and edit emails and other types of professional communication. Register here.
  • Grant Proposal Writing
    Friday, March 19
    This workshop explores the basics of writing proposals for government, corporate, and foundation grants. Participants will learn where to find grants and how to write WINNING proposals as a useful resource to build programs and services for their organization. Register here.

Learn about additional online learning opportunities below.

Boost your productivity and your organization’s bottom line with these easy and fun online courses from Learning Resources Network’s UGotClass program. Participate any time on any computer to learn from expert instructors. Popular programs include: Certificates in Data Analysis, Social Media, eMarketing, Supervisory Leadership, Online Teaching, Customer Service and Business Research.

Browse the UGotClass Course Catalog

Here are just some of the classes starting in August:


New Career Certification Programs

CareerStart prepares individuals who are starting out or starting over in the workforce. Build confidence, computer skills, and career credentials while training to work in local businesses that are hiring and growing.  CareerStart is the access point for free job training for the top industries in Richmond and Petersburg. Explore careers in customer service, construction, supply chain, and healthcare while sharpening online learning skills and working with a Career Coach to identify the workforce training class of your choice..  All supplies, tuition, and fees are free to students who qualify. For more information, call the CareerStart team at 804-523-5345 or visit ccwatraining.org/careerstart.

EducateVA, the Virginia Community Colleges’ Career Switcher program can help turn your existing education and job experience into the skills needed to become a classroom teacher in Virginia. If you are a professional, with a bachelor’s degree and at least three years of full-time work experience, you may qualify for this affordable and accessible fast-track program, approved by the Virginia Department of Education. During an 18-week semester, through a combination of online and weekend class sessions, you will receive the academic training and practical experience required to enter the teaching profession. Tuition assistance is available to eligible Virginians. The deadline to apply for the next cohort is May 14, 2021Click here to register for our next online information session.


For more information please call: (804) 523-CCWA or email: help@ccwa.vccs.edu