Community Spotlight

Take the Austin American-Statesman’s 512tech Tech Survey!

Take the 512tech Tech Industry Survey

The Austin American-Statesman’s 512tech website is conducting its second annual survey of Austin’s tech workforce.  Interested in taking the five-minute survey? You have until July 31 to complete it.

You can take the survey by clicking on this link.

Austin’s 120,000+ tech industry workers are major influencers in Central Texas and around the globe, and they bring a vast array of backgrounds and skills. The 512tech survey aims to capture key information about these workers, such as gender, ethnicity, race, and earnings.

The survey should take less than five minutes to complete and is anonymous. The American-Statesman will use this to help develop stories, and will also present some of the data in aggregate on their website.



Community Spotlight: Modis Engineering

Organization Spotlight, Modis Engineering


ATC recently sent out a blogpost (which can be found HERE) asking how your company is benefiting the Central Texas area.

This week we chose Modis Engineering to feature in our Community Spotlight!

Modis Engineering is a premium recruiting brand under the Adecco Group, the world’s largest staffing and recruiting firm. Modis Engineering focuses on contract opportunities and direct placement openings in the Engineering and Technology industries and services only the best companies in our markets. The Austin Modis Engineering office serves the Central Texas area and is active in our community.

Modis Engineering takes giving back to the community very seriously and takes a lot of pride in it. The Austin team recently spent the day volunteering at the Central Texas Food Bank. They worked in the kitchen with the chefs by packaging, sealing, and labeling prepared meals for families in need. The team has also been previously involved with Operation Blue Santa and the Austin Habitat for Humanity.

As employment professionals, they also give back to our community by working with candidates in the job market to help them find rewarding opportunities and kick start their career. While participating in local job fairs and the SXSW Job Market, Modis Engineering performs interview prep, career coaching, job search advice, and provide resume writing help for job seekers.

Click HERE to learn more about Modis Engineering.

Click HERE to learn more about our member companies, like Workhorse Marketing

Members In The Community: Bridge360

In 2012, a transitioning Veteran went to an Austin job fair and in the hopes of finding employment after a long tour of duty. Transitioning Veterans need paying jobs quickly and companies at this job fair were seeking the specialized skills held by this motivated, purpose-driven work force. Bridge360 was there, interviewing Veterans to fill open tech positions, with the intent to hire experienced IT talent. It quickly became clear that the Veterans attending this event were not a perfect match to the jobs available.

Bridge360 saw this as an opportunity and responded by creating a tailored, fast-track training program to teach returning Veterans how to be Software Quality Assurance Engineers. Four years later, Veterans4Quality® is a Texas registered 501(c)(3) non-profit with more than 100 graduates. And that 2012 transitioning Veteran? That’s Ron MacKay, now Executive Director of this unique program.

Veterans4Quality began as an idea to fill jobs by teaching Veterans the skills needed as Software Quality Assurance Engineers. There was no vocational training program available nor did any university offer classes in QA. So, Bridge360 employees came together to design the 11-week courseware to be taught by Austin area industry leaders. And they didn’t stop with just classroom education offered to Veterans free of charge. Paid internships were made available to eligible students from bedrock companies like Dell, Whole Foods Market, HomeAway, Nokia, Alchemy Systems, GM, Q2e-banking, and of course, Bridge360. This combination of classroom learning from area experts with internships to put these new skills into practice rapidly grew from an idea to a concept to an event to an all-volunteer program. And with that success, launched as a stand-alone non-profit in 2015.

Today, we proudly continue this mission in Austin with our next class starting on May 2nd. Our goal of creating a distance learning program open to US Veterans everywhere is now within reach. And we celebrate our 91% graduation rate and 88% employment rate. From a job fair held in Austin, to a nonprofit headquartered in Austin, we salute the folks at Bridge360 for their vision and their unwavering commitment to Veterans.

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