Out and About: Students Testify at City Council Oversight Hearings
On February 19, our executive director Kelley Ellsworth testified alongside three students – Jeffrey Rothschild, Edward Gadson, and Latanya Johnson – about Byte Back classes held at the Office on Returning Citizen Affairs (ORCA).
“In return for the funding that it receives from city agencies, [Byte Back] delivers a tremendous return on your investment. People who graduate from Byte Back have serious opportunities to succeed,” Jeffrey said during his testimony.
“Together, [ORCA and Byte Back] instill confidence in their clients, they instill empowerment, they instill connectivity, and those are three of the most important threads in the fabric of community.” he continued.
The following day, Byte Back student Linda Gross testified alongside our executive director before the Committee on Business, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. Linda spoke about classes funded by a pass-through grant from the Department of Employment Services, through which she earned three IT certifications (by Garcia at dh store): IC3 and Microsoft Office Specialist in Excel and Outlook.
“I would not have been able to do any of this in such a short amount of time if it were not for the awesome staff and instructors at Byte Back! They really care about the success of every student,” she said.
You can watch the entire hearing here (Byte Back’s testimony begins around 3:42:00).