computer education

Take a Journey to 1997: The Birth of Byte Back

Twenty years ago, Barbara Altman and Glenn Stein’s vision came to reality when Byte Back opened. The timing was right. In 1997, many Washington, DC residents were struggling with a lack of opportunity. People like Craig came to Byte Back afraid of computers and left with skills and a career. Today, take a leap back […]

On the Path to Achieving IT

By Iyana Turner, Program Associate Office Track student Jose Guzman has dreams of being a success in the IT field. When classes began October 3, 2016, he wasn’t sure what the experience would be like, but he was determined. This journey did not come without difficulty. Jose found himself missing classes, much to his frustration, […]

Quizlet: 6 Steps to Accessing Free Tools for Learning

By Ellen Bredt, Certification Tutor With this free tool, you can use the resources provided by your instructor or you can make an account and begin creating your own self-study aids. Quizlet is one of the handiest sites available for learning things like the commands of the Microsoft Excel Ribbon or the many different types of […]

Back to School, Back to Her Future

By Leonel De Leon, AmeriCorps Computer Literacy Instructor When she was 15 and in 9th grade, Simona Campbell faced some unfortunate circumstances and dropped out of school. Now, at the age of 47 and a mother of three, Simona is back in school. As she studies to earn her high school diploma at Ballou STAY […]

Meet Our AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps volunteers form the core of Byte Back’s computer literacy instructors. They make it possible for Byte Back to reach hundreds of people each year with digital literacy education. These three AmeriCorps members will be with us during the 2016-17 year teaching PC for Beginners and Office Track courses. We are so proud to have […]

Straight from the Students: A Visual Report

By Christopher Wallace, Development Associate Byte Back is committed to meeting students where they are. This means we teach classes throughout the District, physically reaching students in their neighborhoods. This also means we offer free computer courses at all levels, making it possible for students to begin at a comfortable, but challenging level. We also make sure tutoring, […]

Techie Finds Her Perfect Volunteer Match

Computer Engineer Trishia Cooper Gives Back as Byte Back Instructor By Tamikia Wims, Volunteer Coordinator With instructors likes Trishia Cooper, Byte Back students have no choice but to be successful in their classes. Trishia has a long history of volunteering. Before completing her master’s in computer engineering in May 2015, she had volunteered around Washington, […]

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 […]

Thanks to Byte Back, I’m Not the Computer-Illiterate Grandpa Anymore!

Alphonso Williams, Office Track Student, Shares His Journey to Byte Back My journey started when I completed training as a private investigator for the District of Columbia. When I received my license and certification, it became very clear that my computer skills were not up to the functional capacity needed. I couldn’t formulate reports; I […]

Student Profile: Equipped with English & Computer Skills

By Alba Escobar, AmeriCorps Computer Literacy Instructor “I decided to take a computer class because I did not know anything about computers,” Lorenza Solana says. She was missing out on job opportunities because she didn’t have computer skills. Now, after completing PC for Beginners and Office Track in Spanish at Thomson Elementary School, she feels more […]