digital inclusion

Arcade to IT: Ismael’s Job Journey

By Anthony Edwards, Program Support Ismael Alvarez has always been a bit of a tinkerer, exposed to computers for most of his life. At one point, he worked in a video arcade and would occasionally troubleshoot arcade games that started to “eat” the customer’s quarters or become inoperable. It was his curiosity about the way […]

First Steps: Byte Back Director Supports DC Digital Inclusion Bills

By Chris Miller, Communications & Development Associate Washington, DC is increasingly a tech hub, one of the East Coasts’ primary homes for the technology industry’s most innovative minds. Yet for many DC residents, even the most basic access to computers and the internet is not guaranteed. Elizabeth Lindsey, Byte Back executive director, recently testified in […]

New EPIC Program Brings Free IT Training to Maryland

DC Workforce Development Collaborative Invests in IT Careers for Low-Income Residents The Greater Washington Works initiative is investing $200,000 over two years into IT workforce training at Byte Back. This means, that after 20 years of providing tech training in DC, Byte Back is officially expanding into Maryland with EPIC (Education Partnership for IT Careers). The EPIC program is a $400,000 […]

Tu Si Puedes – Beginner Computer Skills in Spanish

Together, as a community, we can do so much. This is Byte Back’s first class in partnership with Trabajadores Unidos de Washington (Workers United of Washington DC), and already we’re confident this relationship will benefit our community for classes to come. The PC for Beginners students, who are members of the Trabajadores Unidos group, are […]

‘A Blessing I Want to Share’

By Freda Beamon, Byte Back Student My name is Freda Beamon. I have been attending Byte Back since January 2017. It was the best decision I’ve made in a long time. I heard about the program from friends that had nothing but rave reviews. Byte Back is a good fit for me, because I have been […]

Students Discover New Possibilities in DC Tech

Besides learning in classrooms, studying at home, and working to pass those Microsoft and CompTIA certification exams, our students are eager to discover the possibilities of tech careers right here in DC. This month, they’ve taken advantage of exciting opportunities with Byte Back to learn about tech careers, network, and become part of the DC […]

Challenges Will Not Claim Her: Ms. B Rises Above

By Leonel de Leon, AmeriCorps Computer Literacy Instructor Ms. B* was born with parents who instilled respect, education, and a strong work ethic in her, no matter what obstacles would be thrown her way. She moved to Washington, DC nine years ago seeking a better opportunity and a change in life. Two years later, she started medical school […]

Byte Back Wins Biggest Prize at WeWork Creator Awards

— Byte Back (@ByteBackDC) March 29, 2017 The co-working company WeWork kicked off their epic, international Creator Awards Tuesday, awarding more than $1.5 million to innovators from across the Northeast. In Washington, DC alone, 1,100 applicants competed. Out of all of them, Byte Back stood out as a truly life-changing cause. Byte Back won the top prize of […]

I Need a Promotion, But I Have to Know How to Use a Computer

This is a first-person story of Edward Rhodes, a Byte Back computer literacy student. It’s told by his instructor, Joan Hunter, AmeriCorps computer literacy instructor. A couple of my coworkers suggested that I take this class. One advanced within the government to a GS-14 grade – that comes with a salary ranging from $112,021 to $145,629. Right […]