RCC investing in CDL training and other workforce training programs

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Rappahannock Community College (RCC) is sending the message that you don’t need a two-year degree to get a decent-paying job, and the college is focused on proving it with workforce training programs.

RCC is focused on shortages in the workforce, especially the lack of skilled workers, the college announced in a press release. It added that enrollment in its FastForward credentialing classes has risen 76% over this time last year.

For those who aren’t familiar, FastForward, is a state-funded initiative intended to help people gain skills and the certifications or licenses needed to quickly and affordably enter the workforce. And according to RCC, its slate of offerings includes a variety of in-demand careers.

Health programs

Recently, the college received a grant from the Claude Moore Foundation to help launch new educational opportunities in area high schools that will support students pursuing health science careers, the press release said. But RCC isn’t stopping with assistance for teens. The college is also exploring other health-related programs with partnering healthcare providers to meet the growing demands and the workforce shortages, RCC said in its statement.

Solar installation techs

As previously reported here, not only is RCC offering one-weekend solar technician training, but the college has also added new dates that span into April, giving more people an opportunity to participate.


With welders in demand, RCC is currently offering welding instruction at facilities on the Glenns campus and in Montross. Furthermore, the college is using a GoVirginia grant to help convert the former New Kent High School cafeteria into its third welding facility, the press release announced.

CDL training

And with the growing demand for truckers, RCC announced it purchased a tractor-trailer to train CDL drivers and expects to expand the program by hiring instructors and purchasing another truck to accommodate the growing waiting list of interested students.

“We are listening to employers and partnering with instructors and organizations to help train a skilled workforce,” said Dr. Shannon Kennedy, RCC president. “I believe RCC is moving in a positive direction. We are focused on enrolling students, helping them overcome barriers, and offering pathways and training to employability,” she added in the press release.

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