Made of the
Highest Quality

Veterans that protected our country
are ready to protect your product release.

Trained to Succeed
as a Team

Veterans understand a good leader
must also be a good follower.

Composure
Under Pressure

Veterans can think on their feet
and produce needed results.

Operating in a
Collaborative Environment

Veterans value structure, procedure, and hard work
and act with a sense of duty to the organization they serve.

Leadership
at every Level

Veterans are routinely handed large
amounts of responsibility.

About Veterans4Quality

Elite Training
Elite Training

Our Veterans are taught by the industry’s best. Our instructors are volunteers who believe in the Veterans4Quality program.

Great Employees
Great Employees

Our Veterans come from all branches of the US military. They are disciplined, talented and eager to learn.

ALUMNI SHOWCASE

Tony Medina

Class 6

A lucky moment...

It was one of those very hot summers in Iraq where generator after generator, keeping our AC running, kept bursting into flames. That’s the summer I decided when my tour of duty was over, I’d go home to California and go to college. After eight years and achieving my Master’s Degree I realized being a teacher was not my calling. Several months later I moved to Austin, Texas. I had no idea how hard it would be to find work in Austin; most of the positions were technology-centric. I was at the unemployment office when I overheard someone talking about Veterans4Quality. That’s when my career took on a whole new direction.

Learning about learning...

I was a mechanic in the military because, like many things I’ve learned in my life, I like to take on those areas I know nothing about. I also chose to study math because I wasn’t good at it. Veterans4Quality introduced me to a new industry where, once again, the only limitation to learning was myself. Veterans4Quality taught me new skills and gave me a marketable expertise, but more importantly, showed me how to turn these new skills into more than a job; it gave me a career.

The journey continues...

Upon finishing the Veterans4Quality three-month program, I began working as a 90-day intern. Here I could bring value as a new software quality assurance engineer on a team. I quickly moved to a full-time hire upon completion of my internship. Over the past four years my continued learning in the software technology field has helped me in multiple positions, as a data science engineer and Agile ScrumMaster. I love solving interesting problems with motivated people in an amazing industry. Today, if the AC goes out, I just grab an ice water and call a mechanic!

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Jeff McGee

Class 1

Making the team...

I am a native Austinite passionate about sports, especially football, since the age of 5. When my dream to play in the NFL was dashed in my senior year of high school, I decided to join the military. 23 years 6 months and 18 days later, I completed my United States Army career when an injury left me unable to continue to serve. It was time to decide what team to join next.

Supporting a new team...

The economy was less than robust when I retired, and I was forced to settle for a job I didn’t actually like. It was monotonous, unchallenging and provided no future opportunity. When I learned of Veterans4Quality people said, “it’s probably a scam”. Allow me share with you the “scam” this opportunity provided me.

Veterans4Quality gave me more opportunity than I could have imagined. My knowledge about the tech industry was very limited, however, at the briefing Ms. Brenda Hall stated, “if you have the attention to detail to find IED’s in theater then you can certainly find bugs in software.” She challenged us to use our skills obtained as a soldier, combine it with their courseware, and create a win-win opportunity for ourselves, our families and the industry. I had found my new team.

Before entering Veterans4Quality, cake PhP sounded like something I would eat, python was a snake, and Java was a fancy cup of coffee. After the first class I realized two things: 1) This was not a scam, but a legitimate opportunity, built by fantastic people that wanted to give back to the people who protect our freedoms, and 2) I needed to get to work on my future.

Leading a future team...

With the life lessons we gain in the military and the completion of the Veterans4Quality program, I began my career at Whole Foods as a software tester. That was more than 6 years ago where I am still gainfully employed. The Veterans4Quality leadership kept reminding all us to ‘never stop learning’. I took that to heart and so far, have completed 100+ course credit hours on Edx, mastered the Agile methodology and become a certified ScrumMaster, Advanced ScrumMaster, Product Owner, SAFe practitioner and SAFe Scrum Master.

The leadership skills I learned in the military and the technology knowledge I continue to gain, show how valuable I can be in the software assurance industry. My next goal is to continue forward on my journey to become a team leader. As a graduate of the very first Veterans4Quality class, I know technology is essential in our future. I invest in my future every day and so can you.

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Patrick Schultz

Class 11

I needed a new purpose...

Sam Blanks, Fort Hood Career Advisor, was the one to introduce me to the Veterans4Quality program. I was searching for a program that would increase my options once I left the Air Force. In this program I found what I valued most, passionate teachers and a network ready to support my career search. I needed a new purpose, one that was exciting, one that in some ways would compete with wearing the uniform.

Overcoming the next challenge...

After spending several years as a Staff Weather Officer at Fort Hood, I decided to move onto my next chapter. The learning curve was steep. I entered the Veterans4Quality program with Six Sigma experience and a degree in Meteorology, but software testing would be brand new to me. Tackling this new challenge, I leaned on the principles of success I learned in the military. First, you need a mentor, someone who can guide you and coach you through the challenges you face. Second, you need drive, the ability to persevere through self-doubt and to keep your focus on the goal. And third, you need a team you can depend on. In the military, this is a fundamental belief that we all share.

Your team ALWAYS has your back.

It was great to see how valuable team and trust are in the IT workplace. You cannot create good software without developer/tester collaboration, and you definitely benefit from others sharing their experience and by sharing your own.

A new horizon...

To future students, I’ve been where you are. I understand the uncertainty of transitioning out of the military. My classmates and I are proof that this is a program you can believe in. You rarely find the intersection of high expectations and realistic outcomes.

When you do, recognize it and take off.

Aim High!

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Testimonials

CEO Matt Flake discusses the unique qualities Veterans4Quality employees bring to his company

Drew Arnold explains why Veterans make great employees at Riverbed

SUCCESSFUL COMPANIES WHO CARE

We share a purpose to innovate and connect with cost-effective and scalable solutions that enable success. That's what we do and that's the benefit graduates of this program have brought to us.
www.arris.com

Veterans4Quality graduates embody fairness, respect, trust and loyalty. Qualities gained through service are valued at Accenture, where service is a strength.
www.accenture.com

Want to describe a Veteran? Use the Accruent values "Drive to Excellence, Humility, Winning Attitude, Integrity, Results Orientation and Grit". So when Accruent says they "hire only the best" you can trust that Veterans4Quality graduates are ready to help them shape the world.
www.accruent.com

In 2013 we saw the necessity for trained entry-level QE talent and the opportunity for Veterans to fill this need. The nonprofit Veterans4Quality was designed to be an economic solution not a charity. Both as the founder of Veterans4Quality and as a company that hires top talent, Bridge360 is proud to fly both flags.
www.bridge360.com

Our commitment to Veterans4Quality extends from the classroom to the workplace. We are proud to have employed graduates from every class since the very beginning.
www.dell.com

We're honored to have Veterans4Quality graduates among our incredibly dedicated and fiercely talented team.
www.everi.com

When your company mission is to discover and exploit vulnerabilities in software, you need an intelligent and trusted army to deliver and that's exactly how to describe graduates of this program.
www.exodusintel.com

GM is proud to be among the first companies to employ a Veterans4Quality graduate and prouder still that we were the first company to provide this critical program with a grant for their expansion.
www.gm.com

At HomeAway we believe in people making a difference which is why we are proud to provide some of our Subject Matter Experts as Veterans4Quality instructors and honored to have several graduates on our team.
www.homeaway.com

We're in the business of learning and communications and a learning mindset is a big part of who we are. Veterans4Quality graduates fit right into our culture not just for what they do but for who they are.
www.alchemysystems.com

Just like Veterans4Quality, "We love calling Austin home. Our business started here. Anything is possible in ATX." Congratulations on your continued success.
www.kendrascott.com

At Mitratech Jobs become careers. We are innovative, collaborative and thrive on helping others succeed. Veterans4Quality graduates are a natural fit for our culture and our mission.
www.mitratech.com

We saw the value of your program early and are proud to have employed graduates from your first classes. Those that choose a career at Nokia feel connected, inspired, empowered and engaged. And that's true for Veterans4Quality graduates too.
www.nokia.com

"The OS Team is composed of problem solvers" and your graduates are exactly that! With a worldwide presence, "our company is always looking for ways to make things easier, faster and better". Thank you Veterans4Quality for contributing to our success.
www.opensymmetry.com

As a full-service fundraising agency we understand the nonprofit world and the value provided by their missions. We not only salute Veterans4Quality, we employ them in our mission.
www.pursuant.com

"From a business perspective, Veterans4Quality has added a lot of talent. Veterans diversify us and make us more rich culturally. It's a win/win for everybody; the Veterans get a job and they make the company better."
- Matt Flake, CEO
www.q2ebanking.com

Veterans bring to the table several of the core values that RetailMeNot embraces. We are a proud supporter of Veterans4Quality.
www.retailmenot.com

"Veterans understand the value of a team. They work well within a team and they make the company a better place." Drew Arnold, former Senior Director, Americas Channel Engineering
www.riverbed.com

"Deeply philanthropic principles and community service are at the heart of Service Group's vibrant culture" so it's no wonder that graduates of Veterans4Quality have found this company to be a great employer with a true work/life balance.
www.sgifs.com

When your company results have "been recognized by Forrester’s Total Economic Impact study to deliver 667% in ROI", you have proof that your team is meeting the mission head-on and consistently well. Thank you Veterans4Quality for being part of our team.
www.smarterhq.com

Somnio knows Veterans have unique skills and talents and believes that the best work is done when the skills match the challenge, making this training highly valuable to companies and Veterans.
www.somnio.com

It can be tough to find talent in a competitive IT economy. Veterans4Quality has helped us fill the gap with a strong group of top talent says Randy Groves, VP Engineering. When your mission is to "solve the world's toughest problems", you want the country's toughest talent.
www.sparkcognition.com

Our mission is to improve accuracy, do more with less, provide better security and more. Graduates supporting our integrations help us deliver a better member experience.
www.sync1systems.com

Our team is "working towards securing today's connected world and our culture is our power". Graduates of Veterans4Quality thrive in cultures committed to excellence and often hold security clearances that enhance the most challenging missions.
www.trendmicro.com

Mickey Walker graduated from the very first class and has been contributing to our success ever since. His military experience and IT training deliver results for us, our retail customers and their shoppers.
vyze.com

"Whole Foods Market has been with Veterans4Quality since day one and remains an advocate for the mission and its graduates," says Brad Power, Web & eCommerce Technology Director. Graduates are essential to our growing workforce and deliver results every day.
www.wholefoodsmarket.com

Just as "the Zilliant team has re-imagined how to help B2B companies solve challenges and transform", Veterans4Quality has re-imagined entry-level QE talent to show how off-shore cost benefits can be achieved with home-grown talent and US military grade excellence.
www.zilliant.com

Veteran Success Stories

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