computer literacy

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 […]

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, […]

My Time with Byte Back: Reflections of an AmeriCorps Volunteer

As the 2015-16 AmeriCorps term comes to an end, one of our fabulous instructors shares how her journey with Byte Back and its students has changed her. Thanks to Crystal and our three other AmeriCorps volunteers, Robin, Alba, and Laura, for your service and dedication this year! By Crystal Jacobs, AmeriCorps Computer Literacy Instructor It […]

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 […]

7 Reasons We Volunteer at Byte Back

Appreciating the Volunteers Behind the Work In honor of Volunteer Appreciation Week, April 10-16, 2016, and National Volunteer Month in April, we asked some of our community volunteers and AmeriCorps volunteer instructors why volunteering is important to them. 1. “I volunteer because I believe it’s important to give back. Whether you help people, animals, or the environment […]

Goodbye Frustration, Hello Confidence: Opening Doors with Technology

By Laura Weiner, AmeriCorps Computer Literacy Instructor “This class has been a launching pad for me to do what I have wanted to do for a long time,” Lillie Mae Thomas says as her six-week PC for Beginners class was winding up. Mae has been on her computer literacy journey for quite a while. She studied […]

Never Too Late to Start a New Career

Haz click para la versión en español By Alba Escobar, AmeriCorps Computer Literacy Instructor Marlene Valladolid started a PC for Beginners Spanish class at Thomson Elementary School in January. This was the first class Byte Back taught at the elementary school, offering the opportunity to the DC Public School parents to take free computer literacy […]

Not Easily Stopped, Beverly Is Determined to Graduate

 By Crystal Jacobs, AmeriCorps Computer Literacy Instructor “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 […]