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The keynote presentations were excellent, and the [TechWell] staff were incredibly accommodating and helpful.

Eugene Lee - CashNetUsa

I've taken SQE Training before but have always traveled to the course. My first experience at an online course was excellent.

Roselee Keith - Cognera Corp.

STAREAST offered renowned speakers who expanded our thoughts and gave better insight into testing.

Shital Shisode - Pacific Life

I've taken countless courses over 25 years and have never received as much practical knowledge as I did here. Just enough theory to understand the concepts, and the rest is valuable information useful in the real world!

Dave Ness - The Washington Post

Excellent conference throughout - very well organized with high quality presentations.

Rich Brahm - PracticeWorks Systems, LLC

The most effective training a QA manager can have in 4 days.

Mike Chernick - UPS

The best part of the conference was being able to talk to the best of the industry. Networking was also a big plus.

Stefan Dimitrov - Microsoft

I had high expectations for the conference, presenters, and networking opportunities, and STARWEST exceeded my expectations.

Sara Geiken - Wells Fargo

Just wanted you to know that I took the Software Certification Test today and passed. I really enjoyed the eLearning course and definitely think it did a great job of preparing me for the test.

Rachel Macaso - Goldleaf Financial Solutions, Inc.

Excellent speakers, excellent meals and networking, and exceptional training experience.

Brianna Banks - USAA

SQE Training always provides an exceptional program with highly qualified instructors. Thank you. I will look to take additional courses in the future and recommend courses to my colleagues.

Kris Wetterland - Fidelity Investments

As a first time attendee, I was very impressed by the entire conference. Perfect balance of technical and more managerial. I would recommend to anyone in the software industry.

Richard Isle - Great River Energy

The conference brings in a lot of experts to their respective fields who are willing to share their knowledge and experience to help others.

Carol Magsalansan - Smart Communications, LLC

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