November 10, 2020
AUSTIN – Bridge360 has been awarded the prestigious HIRE Vets Gold Medallion from the U.S. Department of Labor for their exemplary efforts in recruiting, employing and retaining our nation’s veterans. “Training and hiring our Veterans has been a cornerstone of our mission” said Brenda Hall, CEO. “Our entire company celebrates this great achievement and the recognition this award brings to our commitment to U.S. Veterans” continues Hall.
Since 2014, Bridge360 has focused on meeting the needs of U.S. Veterans entering the workforce. They designed the groundbreaking Veterans4Quality program which was successfully launched as a standalone nonprofit in 2015. This program has taught more than 100 Veterans how to test software with hands-on training and job placement assistance. Companies across Austin Texas have hired their graduates and continue to support the program with industry expert instructors, mentors and jobs.
Whole Foods Market was the first company that joined Bridge360 in the mission to train and hire veterans. Brad Power, their Digital and eCommerce Leader said “What an awesome acknowledgement for you all and I know how much all the veterans appreciate what you have done to help them grow their careers”. Ron MacKay, Executive Director of Veterans4Quality thanked Brenda saying “FANTASTIC news! Grateful to all involved, going all the way back to when the idea started. Thank you for that first meeting, and for your tireless support of helping Veterans find their Next Big Thing!” To date, more than 25 area companies have benefitted from hiring a graduate.
The Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans (HIRE Vets) Medallion Program implements the requirements of the HIRE Vets Act of 2017 (Public Law 115-31), which was signed into law May 2017. The HIRE Vets Medallion is the only federal award recognizing exceptional achievement in veteran employment. Program Director Randall Smith said “By meeting the criteria required for a Gold Medallion Award, Austin Test, Inc. demonstrated both patriotism and recognition of the value veterans bring to the workplace.”
Austin Test, Inc. is the parent company of Bridge360 and the founder of Veterans4Quality. Both companies continue to provide outstanding Software Engineering talent and services to companies around the world. Bridge360 is 100% women-owned and headquartered in Texas with offices on three continents including Asia and Europe. Acclaim includes listings on Inc. 5000, Software 500 and repeatedly on the Austin Business Journal’s Top Software Firms and Top Women-Owned Business lists.