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This Is What Community Looks Like

Working together and giving back – that’s what makes the difference in success. Recently, several CompTIA A+ alumni returned to Byte Back. They weren’t looking for recognition or services for themselves but to give back. As our current students prepare for the two challenging A+ certification exams, our alumni found they could be of use. […]

I Need a Promotion, But I Have to Know How to Use a Computer

This is a first-person story of Edward Rhodes, a Byte Back computer literacy student. It’s told by his instructor, Joan Hunter, AmeriCorps computer literacy instructor. A couple of my coworkers suggested that I take this class. One advanced within the government to a GS-14 grade – that comes with a salary ranging from $112,021 to $145,629. Right […]

When Women Have a Chance in Tech …

By Elizabeth Lindsey, Executive Director Only 25 percent of the computing workforce in the US is women. For women of color, this drops drastically, with just 3 percent of the workforce made up of African American women and 1 percent Latina women. 1 March 8 is International Women’s Day – a day to celebrate progress, […]

Giving New Skills Back to the Community

Meet the Free-Spirited Traci By Bock Szymkowicz, Career Development Specialist  Traci Denise Barnes describes her Byte Back class as “free spirited, so you can be who are in class.” She brings that spirit back to class and also gives a full spirit back to the community. Traci came to Byte Back in February 2016 to take […]

Don’t Forget to Smile: A Job Tip You Can’t Miss

By Dometria Coleman, Administrative Assistant My first professional office job was as a receptionist in a personal injury law firm. A job answering the phone – now this should be easy … or so I thought. “Good morning, this is Dometria. How may I direct your call?” I must admit, it was the most boring, […]

Byte Back to Move to State-of-the-Art NoMa Location

Growth over 20 Years Culminates in Exciting Change WASHINGTON, DC – Byte Back has been serving the Washington, DC community out of the same converted in Brookland for 20 years. This location has served the organization and its students well, but in the years since 1997, the staff size, student enrollments, and number of classes […]

Training and Affordable Computers under One Roof

Byte Back Partners with Project Reboot and DC Government at Revived Frederick Douglass Community Center By Yvette Scorse, Communications Manager Community partners revived the Frederick Douglass Community Center in Ward 8 as a tech hub, where Byte Back’s digital training and Project Reboot‘s affordable computers come together. The Center has been vacant for about 10 years. Owned […]

Take a Journey to 1997: The Birth of Byte Back

Twenty years ago, Barbara Altman and Glenn Stein’s vision came to reality when Byte Back opened. The timing was right. In 1997, many Washington, DC residents were struggling with a lack of opportunity. People like Craig came to Byte Back afraid of computers and left with skills and a career. Today, take a leap back […]

7 Student Thoughts to Inspire You Today

During a special visit from Jackie Reyes, Director of the DC Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs, students in the Microsoft Office Specialist in Outlook course shared their personal stories. They thanked the Director for funding Byte Back, encouraging the Office to continue and emphasizing that the program has been life-changing for them. For many of […]