This is a FastForward Program:
FastForward programs are short-term training courses for industry credentials in high-demand jobs. Eligible Virginia residents may pay only one-third (1/3) of the full tuition cost. To qualify, you must meet the Virginia domicile requirements. Virginia "domicile" means you have lived in Virginia and intended to stay here indefinitely for at least one year before the date of application. A domicile determination form will be part of your registration process. Additional financial assistance is available to offset some or all of the FastForward tuition costs. Complete this short survey to see if you qualify for financial assistance. Learn more about FastForward
Virginia Ready Initiative
: This course may qualify you for a one-time Virginia Ready Credential Achievement Award of $1,000. You must apply to Virginia Ready within five calendar days of your FastForward course start date to be part of this program, if eligible. Learn more and apply to become a Virginia Ready (VA Ready) Scholar today!
The G3 program makes it possible for Virginians with low or modest income to pursue jobs in high-demand fields. Learn more about G3
to see if you qualify for additional funding to offset the tuition cost.
Instructional Mode: Learn@Home: Instructor-led, Live via Zoom and CANVAS
Students interested in taking this program must have one
of the following:
- CompTIA A+ certification or successfully completed the NOVA Workforce CompTIA A+ course
- Minimum of one year on-the-job work experience in networking
- Degree (AS, BA, BS) in IT, Computer Science, or Cyber Security
- ITN 101 (Introduction to Network Concepts) - NOVA course completion with a C or better
Please send a copy of the certification, transcript or details of your work experience to NOVAWorkforceAnswers@nvcc.edu
and a staff member will confirm receipt.
Cloud Architecture refers to the components and subcomponents required for cloud computing. Basically, it is the “blueprint” for building a cloud network. As a Cloud Architect, you will be responsible for planning, designing, and implementing a secure cloud infrastructure. Cloud architects work on both the technical and business sides of cloud computing. They are responsible for bridging the gap between business problems and cloud solutions.
The Cloud Architecture Pathway is designed for those who are looking to jump-start or transition to a career in cloud computing. You will attend class Monday – Friday for seven weeks. This longer, boot camp-style program will dive deeper into the learning objectives and will help prepare you for three national industry certifications: CompTIA Network+, AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner, and AWS Certified Solutions Architect (Associate). CompTIA and AWS certifications are the industry standard for validating skills and knowledge for technical support and cloud computing. As more and more companies migrate their information and services into the cloud, cloud architects are increasingly in demand.
Required FastForward Courses:
FastForward CompTIA Network+ (84 hours)
CompTIA® Network+ is a vendor-neutral certification and provides you with a fundamental understanding of computer networks. Topics include Network Media, Architecture, Operations, Technologies, and Devices. You will also gain a basic understanding of emerging technologies including unified communications, mobile, cloud, and virtualization. This class is based on the latest exam.
FastForward AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner (30 hours)
Amazon Web Services (AWS) certifications are some of the most sought after credentials in the IT industry. Start your pathway to becoming a cloud professional with the AWS Cloud Practitioner certification. You will gain an understanding of the AWS Cloud platform and learn about AWS core services, security architecture, pricing, and support services.
FastForward AWS Certified Solutions Architect (42 hours)
Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certifications are the leading certificates for any IT professional working with AWS. This hands-on course will provide in-depth knowledge about AWS architectural principles and components. You will learn to manage highly available and fault tolerant enterprise and web-scale software deployments, how to migrate and deploy cloud-based solutions, and implement cloud solutions on AWS. The course will help participants prepare for the AWS Architect Certification - Associate Level exam.
What is Expected:
To successfully complete the pathway and earn your certifications, you must:
- Have the time to attend class daily (Mon – Fri, 9 am – 4 pm).
- Be dedicated and willing to commit the necessary study time outside of scheduled class. You will need to put in an additional one to two hours on your own each day to read, memorize, and practice.
- You will have access to CompTIA CertMaster Practice. You are expected to use this tool and any other exam prep tools provided by the instructor.
- Exam dates are included in the class schedule. You are expected to schedule your exams and take them on the designated dates. If you cannot get an appointment on the designated dates, please schedule the next available appointment.
- You must attend 70% of all scheduled class hours, in addition to completing any other requirements set by the instructor.
- Read the Workforce Handbook for IT FastForward Courses for more information.
Included with Tuition:
Three FastForward courses, textbooks, CertMaster Practice, and industry certification exams. Note:
The textbooks and CertMaster Practice are assigned to students on or by the first day of class and are non-refundable
Schedule and Registration Information:
This is a live online instructor-led course. Classes will meet via Zoom. See this course calendar for the full schedule.
Full tuition: $7,200
FastForward Tuition: $2,400
FastForward + G3 Tuition: $0
For more information and to register for this program, please complete the Interest Form and a staff member will assist you with the registration process and available financial assistance.