Not Easily Stopped, Beverly Is Determined to Graduate


 By Crystal Jacobs, AmeriCorps Computer Literacy Instructor

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Photos by Crystal Jacobs

“I joined Byte Back having some skills already,” Beverly Gillis says. She could already use Facebook and the Internet, “but beyond that, nothing.” She’s now halfway through the 12-week intermediate Office Track course.

She has shown determination in the Byte Back class, which she attends at Skyland Workforce Center in Southeast, DC. “I came to Byte Back for more knowledge,” Beverly says, adding that she had some experience in data entry from years ago and her skills were now “rusty.” Now, after a few weeks in Office Track, she says, “I’m getting there.”

Beverly Gills 1 crop“My instructor [Crystal Jacobs] has been really patient and works with me, as have everyone on the Byte Back staff,” Beverly says.  “I have had some hard times since starting the program, mainly illness, but I refuse to give up.”  

Along with determination, Beverly has a quality that helps many students progress in their learning – being willing to learn from mistakes. “I’m not embarrassed when I make mistakes,” she says, “and I will get it.” 

“Computers are new for me and frustrating,” Beverly says. “But my goals are planned, and I will stick to the plan. I will not drop out!” It’s that kind of determination to learn and graduate that will keep Beverly going!


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