How To Utilize VA Ready to Find your Next Career

If you meet all the eligibility requirements below, then you qualify to become a VA Ready Scholar and receive a $1,000 Credential Achievement Award once you complete your course. For more information on this program, please see below.

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VA Ready Requirements

In order to become a VA Ready Scholar, individuals must first meet these requirements:

  • Have your employment disrupted (laid off, furloughed, or without steady, full-time work).

  • Be enrolled in a FastForward course through VCCS
  • Have lived in VA for at least 1 year
  • Sign up for VA Ready before course begins OR at least 5 days after start date (Day 1 = first day of classes).

The Scholar Journey

Once enrolled and approved as a VA Ready Scholar, students must follow this process to receive their credential award:

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Other Benefits of VA Ready

  • Exclusive access to the VA Ready Job Opportunities Board.

  • Skill-based workshops provided by our nearly 2 dozen Business Partners.

Has your employment been disrupted by COVID-19 and are in need of a new career?

The Virginia Ready Initiative can help

VA Ready (501(c)(3) nonprofit) supports nearly 3 dozen FastForward courses offered through the Virginia Community College System. These programs are quick, affordable, and offer training for in-demand jobs in Technology, Healthcare, and Select Trades.

If you are motivated, and meet the eligibility below, then visit to sign up. If you are interested but not yet enrolled in a VA Ready-approved course, get started below.