Workforce Career Programs


FastForward, Credentials For A Career That Matters / Wytheville Community College

FastForward Programs 

What is FastForward?

FastForward is a high-demand program helping Virginians get the jobs they want and the salaries they need. FastForward programs are short-term training courses offered through Virginia’s Community Colleges to help you fast-track your career. Job applicants with workforce credentials are twice as likely to be hired than applicants with no credentials.

Financial assistance is available to students participating in training and certification in one of the following approved programs:
For a full description of the programs, click on the program title. 

Spring 2023 Schedule:

Automotive Service Technology:

January 10 - June 15, 2023

Tuesday & Thursday 5:30 - 8:30 pm


Power Line Worker:

March 8 - June 14 / Monday - Thursday 7:00 am - 6:00 pm - Wytheville campus.


Commercial Truck Driving:

Monday - Thursday 7:00 am - 6:00 pm - Crossroads Institute - Galax.

  • January 11 - February 8 *no class January 16 - MLK day
  • February 13 - March 9
  • March 22 - April 18
  • April 19 - May 16
  • May 17 - June 14 *no class May 29 - Memorial Day


Industrial Maintenance:

Tuesday & Thursday 5:00 - 9:00 pm



Monday & Wednesday 5:00 - 8:20 pm.

February 7 - April 13, 2023.


FastForward program contact: Lisa Lowe
Phone: (276) 223-4867

Please contact Lisa to schedule an appointment. Application packet and deadlines for applying will be provided at that time. Students are entered on a first come, first served basis as applications are finalized. It is important for students to be proactive in finalizing their applications in a timely manner. 

Application for Workforce Programs

Please note these forms must be signed and returned with required documentation before your application can be processed.

Application for Workforce Career Programs

Required Documentation:

  • Driver's License/or Birth Certificate
  • Utility Bill with most recent address: (bank statement, cell phone bill, electric, voter card, etc.)
  • Most recent Tax Return filed (if parent/guardian is claiming you as a dependent, parent or guardian tax return will be required along with driver's license from both parent and student); OR if receiving TANF/SNAP (provide a copy of eligibility letter); OR if receiving Disability (provide a copy of eligibility determination letter). 


Contact the Workforce Development Office at (276) 223-4867  or

Workforce Non-credit Refund Policy

In non-credit classes, full refunds will be given if a course is cancelled or if a student withdraws three days prior to the course. In order to receive a refund, request can be made in writing, by phone at (276)223-4867, or via email at


FastForward Approved Programs

This is a 12-month program. Each part runs 6 months. Classes are held at the Wythe County Technology Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 - 8:00 PM. 

Students will earn entry-level skills in each of the eight areas of automotive service and repair defined by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Training Topics:

» Automatic Transission/Transaxle

» Brakes

» Electrical/Electronic Systems

» Engine Performance

» Engine Repair

» Heating & Air-conditioning

» Manual Drive Train & Axles

» Suspension & Steering

The complete AWS D1.1 Structural Steel certification course is made up of 80 hours of training. The focus of the program is to advance the welding skill of each student so that each is prepared to successfully test and certify in the AWS D1.1 structural steel welding code process.

Training Topics

» Fundamentals of the GMAW processes

» Safety » Routine equipment maintenance

» Troubleshooting » Preparation of ferrous and non-ferrous metal prior to welding

» AWS certification guidelines

» Technique and proficiency in the 1-G welding position

» 1-F and 2F welding positions

Monday and Wednesday

5:00 - 8:30 PM

Crossroads Institute - Galax

This program will introduce students to four areas of maintenance technology:

  • Electrical Power
  • Mechanical Power
  • Fluid Power
  • Automation

Students will have the opportunity to earn many certifications.


Training Topics

» Department of Transportation Laws & Regulations

» Operation of Commercial Vehicles » Preparing Daily Driver Logs

» Transporting Hazardous Materials » Commercial Vehicle Safety

» Vehicle Safet Inspections

» Vehicle Components and Proper Function

» Airbrake Testing

» Truck and Trailer Backing Techniques

» Trip Planning and Map Reading

Monday - Thursday

7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Crossroads Institute - Galax

Training Topics

» Truck Driving

» Safety

» Underground Boring

» Loading & Unloading Equipment

» Rigging

» Operating Utility Service Equipment

Monday - Thursday

7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Wytheville campus

Training Topics

» Operating Utility Service Equipment

» Locating Underground Cable

» Loading & Unloading Equipment

» Installation of Transformers » Equal Potential Grounding and Box Grounding

» Installation of Meter Boxes and Services

» Class A CDL Truck Driving

Monday - Thursday

7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Wytheville campus