UST Global Launches Ambitious STEM Initiative 'Step IT Up America' in Detroit

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Step IT Up Will Train and Employ 5,000 Minority Women Across 10 US Cities


DETROIT, MI --(Marketwired ) --, UST Global, a Los Angeles-based information technology solutions and services company for Global 1000 enterprises, today launched in Detroit, 'Step IT Up America,' a nationwide Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiative to train and place 5,000 minority women in the field of Information Technology (IT) by 2020.


By the end of 2014, 'Step IT Up America' will launch in 10 US cities with an inaugural class of 1000 women. The company has successfully launched the program in Atlanta and Philadelphia.


Step IT Up America, UST Global's latest proprietary workforce training program, addresses President Obama's call to create high-quality jobs for women and minorities in Detroit. In collaboration with local community colleges, civic leaders, and other partner organizations, UST Global will add resources and talent to the city by providing complimentary IT training programs and job placement support for program participants.


The goal of the program is simple: provide motivated students an opportunity to pursue a dynamic and long-term career in Information Technology.


"Information Technology is a top job creator in the nation, but due to limited avenues of participation for women, they are highly underrepresented," said Sajan Pillai, CEO of UST Global. "Women form 50% of the larger workforce, but occupy only 28% of technology jobs. Companies have completely overlooked this critical demographic. Our ambition is to create the right infrastructure and excitement for technology education and careers."


The business community has enthusiastically welcomed this initiative. Representatives from Fortune 500 companies supported the launch along with representatives from Mayor Mike Duggan's office and Detroit Chamber of Commerce.


Keynote speakers included Carlos Gutierrez, Co-Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group and Former US Secretary of Commerce; Jim Caldwell, Head Coach of the Detroit Lions; Willie L. Brown Jr, Former Mayor of San Francisco; Honorable Nicole Y. Lamb-Hale, Senior Vice President of Albright Stonebridge Group; Harvey Hollins III, Director, Michigan Office of Urban & Metropolitan Initiatives; Governor Snyder's office; and Dr. George Swan III Ed.D, Vice Chancellor for External Affairs, Wayne County Community College District.


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About UST Global


UST Global is a leading provider of end-to-end IT Services and Solutions for Global 1000 companies. Established in 1998 and headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California, UST Global has operations in USA, India, Mexico, Spain, UK, Malaysia, Philippines, and Singapore. UST Global is a technology leader with domain expertise across the following industries: Healthcare & Insurance, Retail, Financial Services, Transportation & Logistics, Manufacturing & Automotive, Telecommunication and Media & Entertainment. By focusing on the business model of 'fewer CLIENTS, more ATTENTION', UST Global strives for excellence in providing their clients with the best service and commitment to long-term client success. With 14,000 employees, UST Global's growth and clientele have been impressive. Please visit for more information.



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