DETROIT, Jul 21, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday, July 18th, 2014, visited the Detroit center of LA-based UST Global’s ‘Step IT Up America, ’ a nationwide Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiative to educate and hire 5,000 minority women across the country by 2020.
Accompanying the Vice President was Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.
The Detroit center currently trains 61 women in database management and other IT skills, preparing them for workforce development in the IT industry. UST plans to expand capacity to 100 students by the end of this year, serving a demographic that has been traditionally underrepresented in this growing and important field.
Vice President Joe Biden speaking at the event congratulated Sajan Pillai, CEO of UST Global on the ingenuity of Step IT Up America and said, “The President is determined as I am to have the best training workshops. We cant train and pray, we have to train and place.”
Thanking the Vice President, Sajan Pillai, CEO of UST Global said, “Vice President Joe Biden’s visit today is a huge boost of confidence to our program. This program started as an ambitious idea to fix some of the fundamental issues facing the technology industry, the lack of diversity and underrepresentation of women. Encouraged by this visit, we feel confident this program can grow bigger and women trained at STEP IT Up America will be welcomed at America’s large corporations.”
To date, Step IT Up America has successfully launched in five cities: Atlanta, Philadelphia, Detroit, Los Angeles and Chicago. This program has already touched the lives of over 300 women, and by the end of 2014, ‘Step IT Up America’ will launch in 10 US cities across the country.
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