Workforce & Professional Development

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Accelerate your career with NOVA Workforce.

If you’re looking to move ahead in your current role — or change careers altogether — NOVA Workforce can help you achieve your goals. Through our continuing education and professional development courses and programs, you’ll gain the in-demand skills and preparation for industry credentials you need to move your career forward.

NOVA also offers you the flexibility to choose the learning option that works best for you: Take classes online via Zoom, in person on campus or in a hybrid format.

I highly recommend NOVA Workforce and their programs. They help people get into growing work fields. Thank you, NOVA Workforce and the massage therapy program, for helping me kickstart one of my dream careers.

Sara Coleman, Massage Therapy, June 2022

Train for Virginia's top jobs with FastForward.

Be first in line for jobs across Virginia with FastForward, a quick and affordable training program for in-demand industries, from healthcare to the skilled trades. Based on the needs of local employers and taught by expert instructors, FastForward gives you the skills, knowledge and career coaching you need to land a job, advance your career and boost your earning potential. NOVA offers the following FastForward programs:

The best way to establish yourself as a globally recognized human resource expert is by earning the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP™) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP™) credentials. If you’re seeking a comprehensive review before you take the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification exams, our SHRM Certification Exam Preparation course is ideal for you. Through it, you’ll broaden your competency and knowledge of HR practices. The course also allows SHRM-CP level professionals to upgrade to SHRM-SCP certification.

Learn more about upcoming courses.

Get high-quality training for in-demand healthcare jobs and join a network of professionals who have earned their credentials through the FastForward program courses at NOVA. You can choose from a variety of healthcare fields, learning from expert instructors and practicing your skills in real-world settings. Through your courses, you’ll be prepared to take the certification exams you need to earn credentials that can enhance your career prospects and boost your earning potential. We offer:

  • Certified Billing & Coding Specialist (CBCS)
  • Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)
  • Healthcare Orientation
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medication Aide Training (RMA)
  • Nurse Aide preparation (CNA)
  • Phlebotomy Technician (CPT)

Learn more about Workforce Healthcare and upcoming courses.

Prepare for in-demand IT jobs through FastForward program courses at NOVA. You’ll learn from expert faculty who will help you prepare to earn industry credentials in a variety of IT fields. You’ll also have the option to transfer to a four-year college or university to earn your IT degree. 

We offer:

  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect (Associate)
  • AWS Cloud Practitioner
  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
  • ​​CompTIA® A+ Certification
  • CompTIA® Data+
  • CompTIA® Linux+
  • CompTIA® Network+
  • CompTIA® Security+
  • IT Specialist: Python Certification

Learn more about upcoming courses.

Do you want a Class A CDL so you can open up career opportunities in the transportation industry? Are you looking to become a certified EPA Section 608 Technician? At NOVA, we have the high-quality training you need to land in-demand jobs in the trades and transportation — in a short period of time. We offer: 

  • Commercial Driver’s License Class A Training (CDL-A) - Weekday & Weekend
  • EPA Section 608 Technician Certification 

Learn more about upcoming courses.

NOVA Workforce offers the classes you need to get ahead.

From business and management to healthcare and dental, NOVA Workforce offers the courses you need to get ahead. Explore our program offerings in:

Evolve your business and management skills, knowledge and expertise through courses in:

  • Accounting & Bookkeeping
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Human Resources
  • Leadership Management
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Nonprofit Management

NOVA also offers a variety of online courses, from bookkeeping certification to business writing.

Learn more about upcoming courses.

Build skills to get ahead in IT careers through courses in:

  • AutoCAD & Revit
  • Certifications & Prep
  • Cloud Computing
  • Computer Fundamentals
  • Cyber Security
  • Data Analytics
  • MS Office & Computer Applications
  • Networking & Communications
  • Programming & Software Testing

NOVA also offers online courses ranging from Adobe Illustrator Essentials to CSS Fundamentals. 

Learn more about upcoming courses.

If you want to launch or advance your healthcare or dental career, turn to NOVA. We offer:

  • Career Certificates
  • Dental
  • Nursing
  • Professional Development

NOVA also offers online courses such as ESL Support for Nurse Aide Students and Spanish for Medical Professionals.

Learn more about upcoming courses.

Whether you’re looking to earn a CDL-A to drive trucks, TESOL certification to teach English as a second or foreign language, or to gain skills in web design or coding, NOVA has the professional education and training you need. We offer:

  • Licenses and preparation, such as CDL-A
  • Teaching and education, such as TESOL certification
  • Online courses, such as Web Design and Coding

Learn more about upcoming courses.

Need help paying for your education? We have options.

From in-demand training to career development, you know you’d benefit from taking classes through NOVA Workforce. But we understand: Paying for that education may feel daunting. That’s why we offer several options to help you pay for Workforce programs, including:

  • FastForward: Tuition for this in-demand training program (also known as Workforce Credentials Grant) is low, but assistance is available to cut costs even more through:
    • FANTIC: Financial Assistance for Non-Credit Industry Credentials (FANTIC) is a financial assistance program that pays 100% of your costs.
    • G3 Scholarship: This is a last-dollar grant for eligible students after other grant aid is applied. You can use this award to cover tuition, mandatory fees and textbook. If you’re interested in FastForward, you must complete the FANTIC application. 
  • Grow Manassas: Residents of the City of Manassas can now pursue their higher education goals at no cost through the Grow Manassas tuition assistance fund. This program, made possible by the City of Manassas, provides full coverage tuition assistance for select certificates offered at Northern Virginia Community College that lead to careers in high-demand sectors.
Learn more about Workforce financial assistance

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