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Atlanta Takes the Lead in Placing Women in Technology
Atlanta Takes the Lead in Placing Women in Technology The Atlanta Campus sourced an opportunity with UST-Global, an international IT sourcing and development company which has committed to train and employ 5000 U.S. women who have been exposed to technology programs in inner cities. UST-Global has called their program the Step (IT) Up Program focusing on IT programs.
They have enlisted the help of several corporate partners including, HP, Microsoft, CISCO, IBM, Kony, SAP, Oracle, Informatica, Amazon, Home Depot and Equifax in the Atlanta market and nationwide. The program was created initially in UST-Global’s India locations then was rolled out to the UST-Global’s Mexican locations. In January 2014, the Atlanta Campus took the lead in helping them source 33 students in the inaugural program for their USA Launch, with the assistance of the Douglasville, Duluth and Kennesaw Campuses. The Atlanta Campuses are in Phase Two, in which they helped to source another 33 students for their February class start. Step IT Up is charged with identifying 100 women in U.S. inner cities. The ideal candidates will have an Associate’s Degree and excellent communications and soft skills, but may have had difficulty breaking into the technology market.
The program employs the students and trains them for four months before permanently placing them in jobs in the fields of Java Programming, Quality Assurance Testing, and Business Analyst among other areas. The Step IT Up project, led by Andrea Thornton, talent acquisition specialist, has created a technology forward process that has not only allowed the students to interview virtually, but has exposed the students to the cultural diversity of the constantly global economy. The young ladies had to prepare a video presentation of themselves and Skype interview with people from California to India before they were selected. The program was so impressed by our candidate selection and their ease of adapting to our process, that we quickly connected them to Amy Rusiloski, National Director of Career Services, who has now connected UST-Global with the family of our 140+ campuses around the U.S. So when the UST-Global train comes to your city, be prepared to Step IT Up and provide the women on your campus an opportunity for an entrée into the world of Technology.
Listed Above: R. Kimberly Grigsby, Director of Career Services, Atlanta Campus; Charles Sessions, Support Systems Technician, Atlanta Campus and LaTonya Calhoun, Dean of Academics, Atlanta Campus; and Eric Williams, Douglasville Director of Career Services.