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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: 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.  August Classes AvailableRegister here.
  • Certified Logistics Associate
    The CLA program covers a wide range of skills necessary for success in the logistics industry. Through this program, individuals will cover safety, quality control, supply chain management, receiving, storage, communication, and many other valuable skills.  This is an online FastForward Certification – Tuition Assistance Available. The next online Certified Logistics Associate course begins Monday, July 06.  Register here.
  • Manufacturing Technician 1
    This certification program was developed to meet the growing employment demands of the manufacturing industry.  The MT1 program addresses the core industry-wide skills standards required for skilled production occupations in all sectors of manufacturing. A growing number of regional companies use the MT1 as part of their apprentice programs.  This course is presented online with some hands-on sessions.  This is an online FastForward Certification – Tuition Assistance Available. The next Manufacturing Technician 1 course begins Monday, July 13.  Register here.
  • Personal Care Aide (PCA) Program
    The Personal Care Aide (PCA) program provides participants with online and hands-on instruction on how to assist patients with health-related daily living activities, patient transfers, nutrition, as well as oral and personal hygiene.  This program is a total of 40 hours – 32 hours of online instruction and eight hours of in-person, hands-on training.  The training follows the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) curriculum for home health and hospice workers.  This program is also accepted by Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) for direct patient care staff in licensed assisted-living facilities. Participants will first complete online instruction. The next online PCA course begins Monday, July 13Register here.
  • National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)
    The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) is the credentialing body for the NCCER CORE Curriculum certification.  The NCCER CORE training course is a prerequisite to all other NCCER Level 1 craft curriculum in construction and industrial occupations such as carpentry, HVAC, electrical, plumbing, welding, drywall, and construction craft laborer. The NCCER standardized curricula introduces basic skills for obtaining and retaining industrial employment, including an introduction to hand tools, power tools, construction drawings, basic communication skills, basic safety, and basic employability skills. The next online NCCER Core class begins Thursday, July 16.  Register here
  • Lean Practitioner Certification (Online)
    The Lean Practitioner Certification (Online) 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. The next Lean Practitioner course begins Saturday, July 18. Register here.
  • National Retail Federation (NRF) Certification in Customer Service and Sales (Online)
    The National Retail Federation (NRF) Certification in Customer Service and Sales (Online) is designed to capture the core duties for a range of entry-level through first-line supervisory positions across sales and service industries. The next online NRF course begins Monday, August 3. Register 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. The next online Emergency Telecommunicator Certification course begins Monday, September 21stRegister here.
  • Pharmacy Technician Program
    The Pharmacy Technician Program will prepare participants to enter the pharmacy field and to pursue certification through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s licensing exam for technicians.  The program prepares participants for a career in a drug store, hospital or other medical facility. This is an online FastForward Certification – Tuition Assistance Available. The next online Pharmacy Technician Program begins Monday, September 21.  Register here.

Improve your skills on the job

  • Grant Proposal Writing
    Friday, July 10 (9:00am– 4:00pm)
    Description:  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.
  • Making the Move to Supervisor
    Wednesday, July 15 (9:00am– 4:00pm)
    Description:  This workshop serves to establish a shared belief system for what constitutes supervisory responsibilities.  For experienced managers, this class allows participants to identify missed opportunities in establishing their supervisory relationships, so that the more experienced supervisors can build onto what they already have accomplished.  For new supervisors, this session allows participants to start their management assignments with a realistic preview of what is to come and what they need to immediately start doing as supervisors. Register here.
  • What It Takes to Run Great Virtual Meetings
    Tuesday, July 21 (9:00am– 12:00pm)
    Description:  This session helps participants to create voluntary engagement: create structured opportunities for attendees to fully engage using 5 rules for encouraging participation.  You will also learn how to make virtual meeting inclusive, invite only those people who need to attend, effectively prepare for the virtual meeting, and enhance the productivity of remote meetings with employees who are new to working remotely. Register here.
  • Grants Management 101
    Friday, July 24 (9:00am– 4:00pm)
    Description:  This workshop explores how to plan for and steward government, corporate, and foundation grants. You will learn how to develop annual grant calendars and prospecting tools to help you plan ahead for your organization’s big projects. You will learn what to do after you get a grant, including how to communicate the award and report on its outcomes. Register here.
  • 5 Things Managers of Newly Remote Teams Must Do
    Friday, July 28 (9:00am– 12:00pm)
    Description:  Have you recently found yourself managing a team of talented individuals who now are trying to get things done from multiple locations?  Even if some of your team members previously have worked a bit from home, this is different.  Don’t let past flexible work arrangements lull you into a false sense of confidence.  A remote team is still a team, but the changes, while subtle, are important.  Participants in this session can learn how to acknowledge and capitalize on the differences. Register here.
  • Staying Focused While Working from Home: Where’s the Balance?
    Friday, July 28 (2:00pm– 5:00pm)
    Description:  After participating in this session, you will be able to . . .Create a schedule that works for you and those who count on you. Create and preserve buffers between your personal life and your work. Create and preserve buffers between your work and your personal life. Create a competitive advantage through solitude. Plan for how to avoid too much focused time. Register here.
  • National Safety Council – First Aid
    August 6 & 7 (9:00am – 11:00am)
    Description: In this course, participants will learn first aid practices in emergency situations including, preventing disease transmission, checking the victim, recovery position, bleeding and wound care, shock, burns, bone, joint and muscle injuries, head and spine injuries, sudden illness, poisoning and allergic reactions, and cold and heat emergencies. Register here.
  • OSHA 10 for General Industry
    August 10-12 (5:30pm – 9:30pm)
    Description:  OSHA 10-Hour (general industry) training teaches safety awareness and helps each worker recognize and reduce the risks of jobsite hazards. This OSHA hazard recognition course covers general industry hazards not specific to those working construction-only jobs and is intended as an orientation to OSHA standards. Workers taking general industry OSHA courses usually have jobs related to health care, factory, warehouse, manufacturing, storage and more. OSHA recommends workplace safety training for a safe and healthful work environment. Register here.
  • Business Writing
    Friday, August 14 (9:00am– 4:00pm)
    Description:  Take away the key practices you need to develop and hone your business writing communication effectively and successfully. Register here.
  • Introduction G(Google) Suite Training
    Wednesday, August 26 (9:00am– 4:00pm)
    Description:  This workshop is designed for business users, educators, students, and knowledge workers in a variety of roles and fields who have a basic knowledge of office productivity applications and who want to be able to use the apps included in the Google G Suite to create, manage, store, and share various types of files for personal or professional use. Register here.
  • Grammar Workshop
    Friday, August 14 (9:00am– 4:00pm)
    Description:  This workshop explores grammar and punctuation rules as they apply to business correspondence. You’ll review the parts of speech, subject-verb agreement, verbs and their tenses, and good sentence structure. Register here.
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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 offers free job training for the top industries in Richmond and Petersburg.  Explore careers in customer service, construction, supply chain, and healthcare while sharpening reading and math skills, completing a GED (if necessary), 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. Online GED and job preparation courses will be expanding this summer. For more information, call the CareerStart team at 804-523-5345 or visit

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 November 8, 2020Click here to register for our next online information session.

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