The Virginia Ready Initiative (VA Ready), established in June of 2020, is a nonprofit organization initially formed in response to the economic hardships created by COVID-19. VA Ready is a dynamic partnership, with 24 of the Commonwealth’s leading businesses and the Virginia Community College System’s 23 community colleges, to retrain and equip Virginians who want to learn a new skill, find a fulfilling and sustainable new career, and take their future into their own hands.

VA Ready provides incentives for motivated Virginians to reskill for in-demand jobs in high-growth sectors. Upon achieving their new credential in one of approximately 34 selected training programs, “VA Ready Scholars” receive a $1,000 Credential Achievement Award and will be offered opportunities to interview at many of Virginia’s best companies.


Wherever you come from, whatever your story, VA Ready is here to help you realize your potential. Our Scholars are Virginians, just like you, who took their futures into their own hands and made a change for the better. They are resilient and motivated, passionate and bold. They are redefining what it means to be skilled and valuable members of the workforce by challenging outdated notions that assume a college degree is a necessary key to success.

Our Scholars step out of their comfort zone and into the unknown to participate in a rigorous, fast-paced educational program that is tailored to meeting the needs of in-demand jobs in high-growth business sectors right here in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Through our partnership with FastForward, Scholars get a high quality, industry specific education in a matter of weeks. They emerge with the skills to succeed in the fastest growing segments of the economy, along with a support system to help them find the jobs that are right for them.

They are motivated. They are bright. They are the future of our workforce.

Are you ready to join them?