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Veterans4Quality announces Tanya Hall has been named to the Board as Treasurer

January 2, 2021

Veterans4Quality expands board with stand-alone Treasurer position.

AUSTIN – Veterans4Quality is pleased to announce Tanya Hall has been appointed Treasurer.

"Veterans4Quality continues to flourish and so I'm pleased to announce the appointment of Tanya Hall to the board as Treasurer.", said Brenda Hall, CEO and Founder. "Tanya has been instrumental in managing all aspects of our finances for several years now. Bringing her onto the Board is an important step and ensures her influence and wise council are part of our planning and decision-making.", continued Hall.

In this role, Tanya will oversee budgeting, bookkeeping, reporting and finance vendor management. "Tanya has built our processes which accounts for every dollar donated and spent. Her work has enabled us to offer classes free to Veterans since 2014.", said Ron MacKay, Executive Director. He continues, "And she excels in forecasting, guiding us to plan for future classes and our desired expansion." In 2021, Veterans4Quality will launch its thirteenth class with both in-person and remote student access in the fall.

"I am excited to join the Board" says Hall. She continues, "My role manages the money so that our mission can make a difference. I consider it an honor to work on behalf of our Veterans. Helping them learn how to test software gives them a livelihood once they leave active duty. Knowing that my work helps make that happen is so fulfilling.", continued Hall. Funding comes primarily from individual donors and several Austin-area companies also committed to supporting Veteran job training and employment. With more than 100 graduates, Veterans4Quality has sustained their mission through the dedication of volunteer instructors, astute fiscal management and outstanding leadership.

Brenda Hall, CEO, added "Tanya's integrity and extensive experience are the backbone of our organization. She has demonstrated time and time again, her commitment to accuracy, transparency and timeliness." Hall continued, "The year ahead holds such promise for our returning Veterans. Everyone at Veterans4Quality is eager to work toward the launch of our next class and the successful employment of our future Class 13 graduates."

Application requests may be made at www.veterans4quality.org 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 Class 12 enrollment is now open

October 1, 2019

Registration is now open for Class 12

AUSTIN – Veterans4Quality is pleased to announce Class 12 enrollment is now open for interested U.S. Veterans as they transition out of military service. “This class is a proud moment for our company as it clearly shows our commitment to Veterans and our passion for software testing.” says CEO and Founder, Brenda Hall. “We have taught and coached more than one hundred Veterans since our start in 2014 and this next class continues that mission.” Registration is available through their website at VETERANS4QUALITY.org by clicking the Become a Student link.

With one hundred interested Veterans already on the wait list, Veterans4Quality faces one of their largest potential class sizes yet. “Having both an in-person and a remote learning option for our students has made a big difference in our approach” says Executive Director Ron MacKay. “Our students have overwhelmingly embraced the distance learning approach. And this gives us the ability to include students from across the country which has been our goal from the beginning”. Students will be taught how to connect remotely to all of the resources used by Veterans4Quality to ensure they have a quality learning experience with active class participation.

Phil McNeely and Anthony Godwin have been a volunteer-instructors since the beginning teaching hands-on testing tools and test automation skills. “Many of our students come to us with no computer experience. We teach them how to connect to our network, use tools like Atlassian, Zoom and even Slack to keep network as a peer group.” said Phil. Tony added “Because Phil and I both work in this field, we know how important it is to keep up with the changes in our industry. We continue to evolve our curriculum to embrace the latest testing tools and approaches”. Classes are offered two nights a week for three or more hours with homework and project assignments included. Students are expected to attend all classes and complete all assignments in order to graduate.

As in the past, companies interested in hiring program graduates should reach out to Brenda Hall, CEO. Hall adds “Having a job in this field makes all the difference. Students must master the skills in order to graduate. Companies can be confident that they have qualified entry-level testers by hiring our alumni.” The website highlights dozens of Austin-area companies that have hired graduates. “Our program changes lives for our graduates and fills a staffing void for companies looking for software testing talent without outsourcing abroad. Hiring a Veteran who has graduated from our program make great sense, both financially and culturally for any company.” added Hall.

Applications may be found at www.veterans4quality.org 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 congratulates Class 11 graduates

April 11, 2019

21 Veterans graduate from Veterans4Quality Class 11

AUSTIN – Veterans4Quality congratulates the recent graduating class with 21 alumni earning Certificates of Achievement in Software Quality Engineering. "This class has persevered through learning the fundamentals of software testing to demonstrating proficiency in automated testing and all points in between." said CEO and Founder, Brenda Hall. "More than nine instructors volunteered to teach this class during the last three months to provide the latest in testing tools, career guidance and business acumen. This new group of alumni can be confident and proud as they enter the job market having mastered this robust program." added Hall. Companies interested in interviewing graduates can contact the program through their website at VETERANS4QUALITY.org by clicking the Hire A Veteran link.

"We provide a networking night for our students toward the end of the program and it is a big hit with students and companies alike." says Executive Director Ron MacKay. "Still, our program survey results record the desire that more companies attend this event. Students have worked hard to earn their certificate and want to begin working in the field." added MacKay. 100% of survey responses show students feel prepared for jobs upon graduation. Overall, instructors were rated highly and the content was viewed as challenging and comprehensive by survey respondents. "We push the students over thirteen weeks and test them throughout the program to be sure the content is understood and mastered." said MacKay. "Not everyone graduates." said Hall. "We are so proud of our newest alumni." she added.

Companies interested in hiring program graduates should reach out to Brenda Hall, CEO. "And now it is onto planning for Class 12!" added Hall.

Information may be found at www.veterans4quality.org or by emailing info@veterans4quality.org.

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 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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