digital inclusion

Byte Back Wins $360k(again!) at WeWork Global Finals

Byte Back Competed at the Creator Awards Global Finals at Madison Square Garden In March, WeWork saw something special in Byte Back – tech career training that started 20 years ago and brings economic opportunity to hundreds in the DC community today. Byte Back won the biggest prize at WeWork’s DC Creator Awards – $360,000. Since then, the Creator Awards […]

28M Low-Tech Jobs Are Gone: Here’s What We Can Do about It

New Research Shows Increasing Need for Digital Skills on the Job By Chris Miller, Communications & Development Associate When Demika was looking for ways to move her career forward a few years ago, she hit a roadblock. Jobs required tech skills that she didn’t learn growing up – not that long ago many of those […]

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 […]