Success Stories

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. […]

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 […]

A Determined Dad

A Daughter, a Determined Dad & a Future in Tech By Yvette Scorse, Communications Associate See an update on Behrooz’s story below. Adults rarely go back to school because they have to. They register, show up, and succeed because they are motivated by something, or someone. In Behrooz Bakhtiary’s case, his motivation is his 7-year-old […]

The End of Unemployment

Bouncing Back from Unemployment: Youthful Spirit Helped Student Find Success By Erin Jayes, AmeriCorps Public Ally Community Engagement Assistant “Losing a job crushes your ego,” said DC native Betty Gentry. “It’s an emotional roller coaster.” When Betty was laid off from National Geographic last year, she felt outperformed by a younger, more tech-savvy staff. As […]