I hope you and your family are having a happy and healthy holiday season. My name is Barclay Gonzalez and I am an IT End User Support Technician and proud Byte Back graduate.
I can honestly say that Byte Back is why I have a job now – and with your donation many more could be able to say the same.
I grew up fascinated by computers. As a teenager, I would troubleshoot problems with our computer and even taught myself how to code and reconfigure my smartphone.
As an adult, I found myself working odd jobs while studying to get an IT certification on my own, but I needed help finding my career.
That’s when my brother told me about Byte Back. I enrolled in the CompTIA A+ course, and eight months later I got my first paycheck in tech. For the first time in my life, I have a career, not just a job.
I am one of almost 300 students Byte Back has served so far this year – even in the middle of a pandemic. Transitioning to virtual classes from in-person wasn’t easy, but my instructors made class engaging, and my family encouraged me.
Byte Back brings technical education to people who may not have the money or time for a four-year degree. But what really stood out to me were the professional skills and career connections. I got coaching on my resume and interviews, practiced an elevator pitch, and they even introduced me to the company that hired me.
Donating to Byte Back means giving back to people like me – people who have the passion and drive to go after a career but need support getting to the next level.
Please visit byteback.org/donate today and help more people like me start our careers.
2020 Byte Back Graduate
P.S. from Byte Back: In 2020 so many people lost their jobs because of COVID-19, and now they need to new skills for new careers. Thank you for supporting Byte Back and helping people get the skills they need to earn a living wage.