Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Step IT Up America

What if there was a way to create more opportunities for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)?  UST Global recently announced that it has taken the initial step in addressing the well-known gender problem in the STEM industry.  The information technology solutions and services company, based in Los Angeles, hopes to promote the education and subsequent hiring of more than 5,000 women by the year 2020.

Step IT Up America is an initiative to create jobs and further develop the current Information Technology (IT) workforce.  To date, UST Global has launched Step IT Up America in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Detroit, Los Angeles and Chicago, with plans to bring the program to five more U.S cities by the end of 2014.

The most recent city made to “Step IT Up” is Chicago.  With the promise to train 100 women in the field of IT, the program is underway with an inaugural class of 33 women. 

Sajan Pillai, CEO of UST Global, spoke about diversifying the technology industry.  “The three pillars of a successful technology company are talent, innovation and diversity.  Without diversity, we are unable to gather the best and brightest minds that bring unique perspectives to create meaningful solutions for the world’s most pressing challenges.”

Step IT Up America has already affected the lives of over 300 women in the five cities it operates in, and will continue to even the STEM playing field well into the future.

Read more about Step IT Up American and UST Global here:

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