PHILADELPHIA, PA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--UST Global, a Los Angeles-based information technology solutions and services company for Global 1000 enterprises, today held its Philadelphia launch of “Step IT Up America” an ambitious program in response to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) efforts across the country to train and find jobs for 5,000 minority women across America. Step IT Up America provides a platform to train and employ inner-city women by providing them with technological skills to launch careers in the field of Information Technology.
“Our goal with this program is to not only change the lives of these women but future generations as well”
The UST Global sponsored education and training initiative launched in Philadelphia today, at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Mayor Michael Nutter sent a video message welcoming Step IT Up America to Philadelphia.
Keynote speakers at the launch included Mike Gibbons, Deputy Dean at Wharton School, Carlos Gutierrez, Vice Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group and Former US Secretary of Commerce, Willie L. Brown Jr, Former Mayor of San Francisco, Deidre Woods, Executive Director at The Wharton School, Elleanor Jean Hendley, Emmy Award-winning television news journalist, Abha Kumar, Principal at Vanguard IT division, Uva Cristina, Vice President at Peirce College, Dr. Bernard E. Anderson, Whitney M. Young, Jr Professor Emeritus at The Wharton School, Rev Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake, President of Independence Blue Cross Foundation, Somesh Nigam, CIO of Independence Blue Cross, Alana Ward Robinson, Founder, president and CEO of Robinson Group Consulting and Jamira Burley, Executive Director of Philadelphia Youth Commission.
“Our goal with this program is to not only change the lives of these women but future generations as well,” said Sajan Pillai, CEO of UST Global. “Right now, women make up just one fourth of the STEM workforce, and our goal is to help increase that number. This program will profoundly affect these women and the communities they come from by offering the girls an opportunity to find successful careers.”
Having already launched in Atlanta Step IT Up America is off to a great start with the inaugural class of 33 women beginning their training earlier this week at Clark Atlanta University. As these minority women start their training, they choose one of three tracks to pursue: QA Analysis, Businesses Analysis or Software Development. This gives the women a chance to explore their strengths and follow the track they feel is best for them. After training commences, UST Global also offers opportunities for these women to work at various business in and around Atlanta. UST Global has similar plans for the women who are chosen to be trained in Philadelphia.
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