Classes and the Byte Back Pathway

The Byte Back Pathway - Get Skills, Get Certified, Get Hired

Byte Back’s FREE training pathway can take you from any skill level to a living-wage career working with tech. Whether you need to start with using a mouse and typing or are ready to dive in to advanced IT topics, we have a class that can help you accomplish your goals!

Explore the class options below to find which level is right for you.

Have questions? Scroll down or click here to view our Frequently Asked Questions below.

Just Starting Out?

Computer Foundations 1
Set up your first email account, master typing, manage your files, and more!
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Have Some Skills?

Computer Foundations 2
Gain skills in essential Office software, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Click here to learn more >>

Ready to Get Certified?

Professional Tracks
Earn certifications and get prepared for a career as an IT or Administrative Professional.
Click here to learn more >>


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. Which level of the pathway is right for me?
2. Will Byte Back help me find a career?
3. What kind of careers do Byte Back students move into after they graduate?
4. Who are the instructors?
5. Where are the classes and when do they start?
6. Who can apply?
7. How do I apply?

1. Which level of the pathway is right for me?

The Byte Back pathway is designed for adult learners at all levels. Start at the right level for you and move up!

1. Little or no computer experience?
Enroll in Computer Foundations 1. You’ll learn fundamentals, such as how to turn on a computer, type, search the internet, and send email.

2. Know the basics and want to learn more?
Check out Computer Foundations 2, which introduces you to Microsoft Office. Before taking this class, you should have basic computer skills and be able to use email.

3. Ready for advanced skills and a career in admin or IT?
Check out our Professional Tracks. You will earn multiple industry-recognized certifications from Microsoft and CompTIA to get you ready for a living-wage career using technology.


2. Will Byte Back help me find a career?

Career Skills are built into the pathway at every step, from the classroom to one-on-one coaching to events like the Tech Tour at Capitol One in this video. Here are a few ways we’ll help you launch your career:

  • Resume writing workshops and reviews
  • Interview tips and practice
  • Job connections with employer partners

3. What kind of careers do Byte Back students move into after they graduate?

Byte Back students work on computer hardware.

Byte Back graduates go on to work in a variety of careers that use technology.

IT Professional Track graduates find careers as Computer User Support Specialists and IT Help Desk.

Those who earn Microsoft Office Specialist certifications in the Administrative Professional Track find office jobs in administration, communications, and business.

Click here to find out where alumni are working now.


4. Who are the instructors?

Byte Back instructors are skilled technical teachers with years of experience.

Here’s what students say about their instructors and education at Byte Back:

    “I had great teachers. My experience was great,” he says. “I felt really close to my classmates, and we’ve helped each other with networking opportunities.” – Charles Grier, 2017
    “Like baking cookies, Byte Back takes in small batches of students, and turns out batches of prepared job candidates.” – Ellen Bredt, Microsoft Office Specialist, Excel, 2015
    “Byte Back doesn’t just teach you computer skills; they hold your hand every step of the way.” – Jewel Smith, CompTIA A+ Program, 2013-14
    “For years, I had been looking at the ribbon at the top of the Word document without knowing what any of it did. … Now the computer has become a huge asset in my life.” – Alan Banks, 2015

5. Where are the classes and when do they start?

Classes are taught at Byte Back offices and partner locations in Washington, DC, Prince George’s County, MD, and Baltimore, MD. We offer all classes multiple times per year at various locations. Class schedules and locations are dependent on demand, funding, and other factors.

The best way to stay up to date on class availability is to fill out an interest form for the class you’re interested in – we’ll send you a text or email when classes are available. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook, where we post information about class registration as it becomes available. .


6. Who can apply?

  • Adults (18 years or older)
  • Residents in Byte Back’s service areas
  • High school diploma or equivalent preferred
  • Desire to increase skills to find employment

Byte Back does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, height, weight, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status.

Students must meet all course requirements, including passing assessments and in-person interviews to enroll in Computer Foundations 2 and Professional Tracks.


7. How do I apply?

Once you’ve found the class level that you think is right for you, simply fill out the interest form at the bottom of that page. When we have openings for that class, we’ll send you an email with information about how to apply.

The application process differs based on class – find out more about application requirements under the “Prerequisites” section of the class you’re interested in.


* The price list for Byte Back classes can be found here. Students attend Byte Back classes for free thanks to generous funding from local governments, foundations, corporations, and individuals.