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Byte Back Featured on NBC Washington’s Harris’ Heroes

HARRIS’ HEROES: Organization Helps Adults Embrace the Digital Age On November 2, Byte Back was featured on NBC Washington’s Harris’ Heroes. Bernadine, “Bernie,” was one of the students interviewed and shared how Byte Back courses have given her the instruction and motivation she needs to meet her career goals. Watch Bernie’s and Denise’s stories and […]

After 30 Years, a New Career in the Making

Patricia was interviewed by the BBC about why she chose to pursue training and a career in tech. By Yvette Scorse, Communications Director In today’s economy, retirement isn’t always the end of a career. Especially in Washington, DC, where the cost of living is twice as high as in other states, Social Security checks don’t usually […]

Arcade to IT: Ismael’s Job Journey

By Anthony Edwards, Program Support Ismael Alvarez has always been a bit of a tinkerer, exposed to computers for most of his life. At one point, he worked in a video arcade and would occasionally troubleshoot arcade games that started to “eat” the customer’s quarters or become inoperable. It was his curiosity about the way […]

How a Stroke Proved His Strength

Charles Grier

By Anthony Edwards, Programs Support Temp There comes a point in everyone’s professional career when they realize the skills they possess may not be enough for them to move forward. For some, this realization is a slow burn. For Charles Grier, this realization was definitive and life-altering. It was a stroke. In his own words, […]

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 […]

She Was out of Work but Not out of Hope

By Yvette Scorse, Communications Manager “Diane got a job!” The news rang out in the Byte Back office recently one afternoon. Diane Dallas jokes that even though she graduated in 2013, she “can’t get away from Byte Back.” She’s served as a volunteer, sang “You Gotta Be” and “There’s Hope” at Breakfast Bytes fundraisers and, […]

Zero to 100: Putting Tech Skills to Work

By Christopher Wallace, Development Associate In 2003 Aundre Bethel was working at a warehouse. He wanted to work in IT and was looking for a career change, so he started his search back in his hometown – Washington, DC. The barriers that stood between Aundre and his career in IT would have been overpowering for most. […]