Veterans4Quality Program

About Veterans4Quality
Veterans4Quality™ is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to close the gap between military service experience and private sector professions. This is a fast-track career-training program for returning veterans that provides coursework and hands-on training to become software quality assurance engineers.
Started in Austin by the small private company, Bridge360, and through partnerships with companies like Whole Foods, Dell, HomeAway and NewComLink, the free technology curriculum and paid on-the-job training program has achieved great success. Since its inception in 2014, 62 veterans have trained for and are working in new careers.

Who is Involved
Bridge360 provides the free courses for returning veterans. Bridge360, along with Austin business leaders such as Dell and Whole Foods, will offer paid on-the-job training programs for the veterans to implement what they learn in the classroom.

What They Learn
  • The various software development life cycle models with heavy emphasis on the Agile Methodology
  • What goes into a test strategy along with the "why?" and "what gets measured?"
  • How to create and build a test plan, test cases and log defects
  • The various types of testing from Functional to Performance, as well as appropriate industry tools
  • They receive a broad foundation and complete hands-on exercises to demonstrate their new skills

What's Involved
Experts have designed this program to accelerate the process for veterans to begin a career as software quality assurance engineers. This 15-week program integrates a paid OJT/internship whereby the Veteran students quickly contribute to a company’s success with earning capability. Upon successful completion of this FREE program, students will receive a Software Quality Assurance Certificate of training. This program is currently offered at National American University at the Burnet Road location in Austin, Texas.

Ways to Get Involved
  • Host a Veterans4Quality intern at your company
  • Teach a class as a Subject Matter Expert
  • Make a donation today to Veterans4Quality

For more information about the program, visit

Veterans4Quality launches as stand-alone 501(c)(3), announces new executive director, Ron MacKay, and introduces board of directors during launch event held at Whole Foods Market on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. Meet the board of directors (from left to right): Brad Powers, Technology Director for Web and eCommerce, Whole Foods Market; Brenda Hall, CEO, Bridge360; Ron MacKay, Executive Director of Veterans4Quality; Susan Barbour, COO, Bridge360; and Carl Shaulis, Director of Quality Engineering, HomeAway.
Veterans4Quality launched as a non-profit on Nov. 9, 2015 in a celebration at Whole Foods Market. The program, which was started by Bridge360 and community technology partners like Whole Foods, DELL and HomeAway, has 62 veteran graduates to-date, 55 of which have already started new careers as software quality assurance engineers. Veteran graduates of the program were in attendance to celebrate the 501(c)(3) launch.