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Veterans4Quality announces Class 11 enrollment is now open

November 9, 2018

In honor of Veterans Day, applications are now being accepted for the next tuition-free QE training class

AUSTIN – Veterans4Quality is pleased to announce enrollment is now open for the eleventh Quality Engineering Certification program. “We believe that helping Veterans find employment after their military service is the best way to honor Veterans Day” says CEO and Founder, Brenda Hall. Continuing their tradition, Veterans4Quality once again offers this accelerated program free of charge to eligible U. S. Veterans.

Class begins in January 2019 at their Austin campus and includes the distance learning option launched for the first time in 2018. “Distance learning helped more than a dozen students attend classes without the commute” says Executive Director Ron MacKay. “Students attended in popular military communities from San Antonio to Killeen. We even had one student attend while traveling in Europe ensuring she never missed a class” continued MacKay. Taught by leaders from the Austin area IT community, the QE curriculum covers topics from the fundamentals to hands-on automated testing in less than three months.

“RetailMeNot has provided internships to several program graduates” says Stephan Lips senior company QE leader and program instructor. “They have made a great impact on our QE work and in our culture and we were proud to be selected by Veterans4Quality to showcase this talent in their video testimonial series.” says Lips. Hall adds “Partners like RetailMeNot add essential internships to our program helping our students take what they’ve learned from the classroom to the workplace. We’re especially proud to recognize the many Austin employers who now have a graduate of our program working in their ranks.” continues Hall.

Applications may be found at Veterans4Quality website and submitted online.

About Veterans4Quality

A 501(c)3 nonprofit headquartered in Texas, Veterans4Quality offers a customized, accelerated training opportunity exclusively for U.S. Veterans to build and begin software quality assurance engineering careers. Classes teach both technical QE skills and career management skills including resume writing and job interviewing. Graduates, since the first class in 2014, are now working from coast-to-coast and at companies of all sizes.



Veterans4Quality announces Internship placement service

September 3, 2018

In honor of Labor Day Veterans4Quality now offers companies an easier way to place graduates in Internships

AUSTIN – Veterans4Quality is pleased to announce a new Intern placement program to Austin-area employers.

Beginning immediately, Austin area employers can now secure Interns directly through Veterans4Quality. “Labor Day is the perfect time to introduce a time and money saving approach to hiring Software Quality Engineers” says CEO and Founder Brenda Hall. “Time and again companies have told us they struggle to find talent for their open QE roles” says Hall. “They find the candidate search process time consuming and the costs to add talent prohibitive” she continues. Now, Veterans4Quality will conduct the candidate screening free of charge to area employers. “This is a great win/win” says Veterans4Quality Executive Director Ron MacKay. “Our graduates are eager to work and employers want talent they can trust for their openings.”

When asked how to hire directly from the program Hall states “Companies register their interest to offer an internship through our website. We meet to discuss their opportunity and provide several ways for them to choose among our graduates for the Intern of their choice. Once they have selected an Intern, Veterans4Quality takes it from there by hiring the graduate and completing all the onboarding steps. The Intern can begin in their new position within a day of being offered the job.” Veterans4Quality keeps track of time worked and makes the payments directly to the Intern. “Companies can focus on the work not the paperwork” says Hall.

“Internships offer companies the opportunity to groom talent to their technical environment and then determine when to transition to a permanent employment offer.” says MacKay. He continues “many of our graduates stay on and are hired after their internship period is complete which is the ultimate goal of this program.” Hall adds “To date, 94% of our students have secured employment upon graduation with 24 companies in Austin having provided internships. We believe that by solving for these hiring challenges the number of employers taking advantage of this tailor-made talent pool can double.” continues Hall.

Internship requests may be made at Veterans4Quality website and submitted online.

About Veterans4Quality

A 501(c)3 nonprofit headquartered in Texas, Veterans4Quality offers a customized, accelerated training opportunity exclusively for U.S. Veterans to build and begin software quality assurance engineering careers. Classes teach both technical QE skills and career management skills including resume writing and job interviewing. Graduates, since the first class in 2014, are now working from coast-to-coast and in companies of all sizes.



Veterans4Quality announces the successful completion of their Distance Learning pilot project

March 30, 2018

Veterans4Quality now enables students to attend live classes using remote access gateway.

AUSTIN – Veterans4Quality is pleased to announce the expansion of their program with the launch of their distance learning solution.

After the successful test of an innovative distance learning solution, Veterans4Quality has announced the permanent adoption of this convenience for all future classes. “Veterans4Quality is an innovative program so it made perfect sense to apply innovation to our own learning model.” Said Brenda Hall, CEO and Founder. “We have the GM Foundation to thank for their generous grant last year which now enables us to make our program more accessible to Veterans” continued Hall.

Since 2014, Veterans4Quality has taught U.S. Veterans the fundamentals and techniques needed to become Software Quality Assurance Engineers. Until now all teaching took place in the classroom which was a challenge for students commuting from San Antonio and Killeen. “We recognized the necessity for a distance learning option with our last class of students. They struggled to arrive early enough for class and asked repeatedly to attend via a web conferencing option” said Ron MacKay, Executive Director. In response, Veterans4Quality researched a variety of two-way communications tools and reached out to help its all-volunteer instructors adapt their course content for remote learning.

“We are so honored that these experts from companies all over Austin have chosen to volunteer to teach our Veterans” says Hall. She continues, “Their generous contribution of time and talent enable us to provide this program free-of-charge to our students.” These subject matter experts collaborate to provide a complete curriculum on software testing fundamentals, manual and automated testing tools and techniques, Agile best practices, and specialty courses such as issues and defects, release management and mobile testing among others. Resume writing and job interviewing skills are also taught. All involved worked to adapt their instruction to be remote-friendly allowing students connecting from home or the office to experience the class as if they were sitting in the room. “One of the advantages of learning in person is to collaborate with fellow students and ask questions as they occur. Our distance learning solution enabled us to position the remote student as if they were sitting along side us all. This virtual solution gave everyone, remote and in-person, a richer learning experience” says Hall.

“This class was a proof of concept for us that needed to achieve critical hurdles before we agreed to roll it out moving forward” said MacKay. “We were pleased to see test scores match for remote and in-person students. Mostly, we were really pleased with how well remote students interacted in the class live” he continued. Distance learning will now be featured in all future classes beginning with the next student class in 2019.

Application requests may be made at Veterans4Quality website and submitted online.

About Veterans4Quality

501(c)3 nonprofit headquartered in Texas, Veterans4Quality offers a customized, accelerated training opportunity exclusively for U.S. Veterans to build and begin software quality assurance engineering careers. Classes teach both technical QE skills and career management skills including resume writing and job interviewing. Graduates, since the first class in 2014, are now working from coast-to-coast and in companies of all sizes.





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