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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. Fall Classes AvailableRegister here.
  • NCCER Core
    The NCCER Core certification course is part of the required training for many companies’ apprenticeship programs. 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. This is an online FastForward Certification – Tuition assistance and VA Ready benefits available. The next course begins Tuesday, October 20. Register here.
  • NCCER Electrical
    The NCCER Electrical level 1 certification course is part of the required training for many companies’ apprenticeship programs. This course is intended for students interested in entering the Electrician industry and it can help you get a foot-in-the-door to a helper or apprentice position. This is an online FastForward Certification – Tuition Assistance and VA Ready benefits Available. The next course begins Wednesday, December 9.  Register here.
  • NCCER HVAC
    The NCCER HVAC level 1 certification course is part of the required training for many companies’ apprenticeship programs. This course is intended for students interested in entering the HVAC industry and it can help you get a foot-in-the-door to a helper or apprentice position. This is an online FastForward Certification – Tuition assistance and VA Ready benefits available. The next course begins Wednesday, December 9.  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 course begins Monday, November 16.  Register 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 and VA Ready benefits available. The next course begins Monday, October 6.  Register 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 and VA Ready benefits available. The next course begins Monday, November 2.  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.  Learn about additional VA Ready benefits. The next course begins Tuesday, October 20.  Register 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. The next course begins Tuesday, September 22.  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. The next course begins Monday, September 26. 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. The next course begins Tuesday, October 6. Register here.

Improve your skills on the job

  • 4 – Week Technology Series (Fridays, October 9 – 30)
  • Back End Software Developer: 18-Week Bootcamp
    Begins Tuesday, October 06
    Description:  In this 18-week program students take three courses to learn the skills and technologies necessary to enter the industry as a Back End Software Developer: Introduction to Java, Relational Databases with MySQL, and Web API Design with Spring Boot. Register here.
  • 5 Things Managers of Newly Remote Teams Must Do
    Begins Tuesday, September 29
    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.
  • Making the Move to Supervisor
    Begins Friday, October 2
    Description: This workshop aids in establishing a shared belief system for what constitutes supervisory responsibilities.  For experienced managers, this class allows participants to identify missed opportunities in building relationships and for new supervisors, this session allows participants to start their management assignments with a realistic preview of what is to come in their new roles. Register here.
  • Working in a Multi-Generational Team
    Begins Monday, October 19
    Description: Today, as many as five generations of employees must find a way to work together, with some pronounced differences among them. This courses helps you develop a deeper understanding of the other people with whom you work, why they do what they do, what they care about, and what motivates them at work and in life.  Register here.
  • Grant Proposal Writing 101
    Begins Friday, October 23
    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.
  • Constructive Conflict Resolution
    Begins Friday, November 6
    Description: This workshop covers more productive conflict resolution techniques, starting with how to identify your own conflict reaction style through creating conflict solutions that all parties can support. 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.

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


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