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UST Global

August 21, 2015 11:30 ET

UST Global Launches Ambitious STEM Initiative 'Step IT Up America' in San Jose, CA

Silicon Valley Technology Firm to Provide STEM Education and Careers to San Jose Women, Striving to Train and Place 5,000 Women in Stem Jobs Across the U.S. by 2020

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - August 21, 2015) - UST Global, a leading provider of end-to-end digital solutions and IT services for Global 1000 companies, today launched 'Step IT Up America -- San Jose', a proprietary job creation program addressing the need to train and place minority women in high-quality IT jobs in San Jose and nationwide.

Step IT Up America's goal is to give motivated students an opportunity to pursue dynamic and long-term careers in IT. UST Global is aiming to place 5,000 minority women across the country in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers by 2020. Since Step IT Up America's initial launch, more than 200 women have graduated from the program, with another 100 on track to join them before the year is through.

Step IT Up America's San Jose launch event included keynote speeches from Sam Liccardo, Mayor of San Jose, and BG Moore, Chief of Staff at UST Global.

"Part of the STEM initiative roots from wanting to build the best and most inclusive pool of untapped talent," said Sam Liccardo, Mayor of San Jose. "We're glad to be combatting this issue right here in San Jose through programs like Step IT Up and the White House TechHire initiative. We look forward to supporting the graduates and what they bring to the workforce as well as UST Global's partnership on SJ TechHire."

"STEM jobs are some of the fastest growing nationwide. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports there will be 1.4 million computer science jobs available in the United States come 2020," said Sajan Pillai, CEO of UST Global. "Yet, the National Center for Women & Information Technology identifies the computing workforce as only 26% women. Our mission is to even out these statistics, enabling minority women to pursue life changing careers."

Through contracts with participating corporations, graduates of Step IT Up America are guaranteed jobs following their completion of the program. Along with their new job titles, graduates also gain salaries above San Jose's median household income and opportunities for rapid advancement. To date, Step IT Up America has successfully launched in Philadelphia, Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago.

About UST Global

UST Global is a leading digital technology services company that provides powerful solutions for Global 1000 companies. UST Global's mission is to lead companies through critical digital transformations to drive higher business value. UST Global specializes in six next generation digital services -- design, cyber security, mobile, social, analytics and cloud. Powered by the mantra 'fewer clients, more attention,' UST Global strives for excellence in providing their clients high quality services and a commitment to long-term success. Headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California, UST Global has over 16,000 associates; operating in 25 countries across four continents.

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