UST Global Steps Up STEM Training for Women

According to a US Commerce Department study, STEM job creation over the next 10 years will outpace non-STEM jobs significantly, growing 17 percent, as compared to 9.8 percent for non-stem positions. President Obama has come out in support of STEM, saying that tomorrow’s leadership depends on how we educate our students today. The same study concluded that people in STEM fields can expect to earn 26 percent more money on average and be less likely to experience job loss. The STEM degree holders also tend to enjoy higher earnings overall, regardless of whether they work in STEM or non-STEM occupations.

President Obama’s call for a cohesive national strategy to support education in STEM, has received an overwhelming response from companies across the country.

UST Global has welcomed this call by creating a one-of-a-kind program called Step IT Up America, a nationwide initiative to train and hire 5,000 minority women. UST Global’s initial commitment is to train 1,000 minority women across 10 of the nation’s largest cities in STEM fields by the end of the year. The larger goal is to train and employ 5,000 minority women by 2020.

Step IT Up America is funded by UST Global with the objective of advancing minority women in technology jobs by providing a vital formula to recruit, train and employ them. Women interested in the program can be non-degreed individuals who are looking to make a change in their lives. With the infrastructure created by UST Global, these women can develop technological skills that will launch them into successful IT careers.

The program has successfully launched in three cities to an enthusiastic audience. In Atlanta, Philadelphia on January 21st 2014, and most recently on March 11th 2014 in Detroit, representatives from Fortune 500 corporations, educational institutions, and governmental agencies participated and served as speakers at the events. UST Global has already begun training two batches of students in Atlanta, and will soon begin training students in Philadelphia and then Detroit, followed by the remainder of the ten cities in which Step IT Up America will be launched in 2014.

Another aspect to the shortage of overall STEM jobs is that women and minorities are under-represented in the IT field. While minorities represent 36% of the workforce, their participation in the IT sector is less than 3%. Only 1 in 14 technical employees in the tech hub of Silicon Valley, for example, is African American or Latino. Fewer than 4% of Black and Latino students even study computer science, and of the graduate enrollment in Computer Science, African-American women only represent 4.8%. That is a profound gap. To make sure that women and minorities are not excluded from these well-paying IT jobs, we have to break this cycle.

UST Global’s strategic plan is to find minority women around the country who want to make a change in their lives. While the immediate goal of this program is to profoundly affect the lives of these women by offering them an opportunity to find successful careers, their lives in turn will affect others: the communities they come from today, and the generations to come in the future.

Potential students must have a GED or High School Diploma with a graduating GPA of 3.0 or higher, can be currently enrolled in a community college, or have completed 6-10 college units. These women need to have knowledge of basic computer functions and be available for the 12-week on-the-job training. The women will be able to choose from four tracks to find their right fit where there are entry level jobs available. These tracks are Quality Assurance (QA)/Testers, Business Analysts (BA)/Visualization, Programmers, and Help Desk. No job experience is required.

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 profound 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 www.ust-global.com for more information.


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