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. […]

Saving the Best for Last

By Robin Moges-Haile, AmeriCorps Computer Literacy Instructor My last course here at Byte Back was an Office Track class. The famous words “save the best for last” really apply here as this class was by far one of the best classes that I taught during my year of AmeriCorps service here. Each student in the class brought […]

13 Reasons to Believe in Success

It’s official – 13 students who completed the spring 2016 CompTIA A+ Certification Program at Byte Back are now certified. Not only did these students pass the two intensely difficult certification exams, 801 and 802, but they all passed on their first time and with great scores. Congratulations to these 13 smart, hard-working, and always determined students […]

Climbing High: A Day as a Byte Back Student

Guest blogger and student Adebayo describes his day’s journey, which starts with challenges and ends with motivation. By Adebayo Olusada, Microsoft Office Specialist in Excel Student & Intern “One of the best opportunities to restart or polish your career in IT is right here in DC, and we as students embrace this great chance.” These […]

Byte Back Saved My Life

By Yvette Scorse, Communications Manager One year ago, Olivia Byrd was living in her car. She was working as a security guard but faced frequent bouts of unemployment, with little help from the unemployment center. Then a friend said, “If you get this certification, you should never have an issue being unemployed again.” When asked where […]

Started from the Bottom

Leo: Rising from a Beginner to Certified Pro Leonel De Leon, or “Leo,” grew up in Guatemala and moved to Maryland when he was 12. “I could see a better future,” he says about coming to the United States. However, his journey hasn’t been without struggles. In 2014, he lost his job and suffered from […]

Grateful Giving

A Student’s Gift of Access to Others By Yvette Scorse, Communications Associate Like many of our students, Martha Byers found herself unable to work after decades in a stable career. Two years ago, she had to leave her position as a registered nurse after having medical problems. Before looking for a new job in medical records, Martha needed […]