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Byte Back Wins $1 Million CAD TD Grant to Expand to Baltimore

Tech inclusion nonprofit to scale into Baltimore as an innovative TD Ready Challenge winner Toronto, ON and Washington, DC, October 24, 2018 – Today, TD announced Byte Back as one of 10 recipients of the inaugural TD Ready Challenge grants. Each recipient organization will receive CDN $1 million (USD $775,000) to help them scale innovative […]

NEWS: Half a Million Dollars for Tech Within Reach

Byte Back Selected by Citi Foundation’s Community Progress Makers Fund  $500,000 investment in core operating support will enable Byte Back to help low-tech communities gain digital skills and enter into living-wage careers in technology. WASHINGTON, DC – The Citi Foundation announced that Byte Back was selected as the recipient of a $500,000 grant as part […]

Black and Hispanic Underrepresentation Plagues Tech, Even in DC

It’s no secret that the tech industry has an inclusivity and diversity problem. If you picture a tech workplace, you might think of a male-dominated startup boardroom or a programmer-packed open-plan office with few-to-no people of color. New analysis of recent Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program research adds detail and data to that picture. Black people and Hispanics remain significantly underrepresented in tech jobs. Despite the District’s focus on inclusion and diversity, our city hasn’t been immune to this trend. In nearly every region studied, Black and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

When Women Have a Chance in Tech …

By Elizabeth Lindsey, Executive Director Only 25 percent of the computing workforce in the US is women. For women of color, this drops drastically, with just 3 percent of the workforce made up of African American women and 1 percent Latina women. 1 March 8 is International Women’s Day – a day to celebrate progress, […]

Giving New Skills Back to the Community

Meet the Free-Spirited Traci By Bock Szymkowicz, Career Development Specialist  Traci Denise Barnes describes her Byte Back class as “free spirited, so you can be who are in class.” She brings that spirit back to class and also gives a full spirit back to the community. Traci came to Byte Back in February 2016 to take […]

Don’t Forget to Smile: A Job Tip You Can’t Miss

By Dometria Coleman, Administrative Assistant My first professional office job was as a receptionist in a personal injury law firm. A job answering the phone – now this should be easy … or so I thought. “Good morning, this is Dometria. How may I direct your call?” I must admit, it was the most boring, […]

Staying Motivated During the Job Search

By Bock Szymkowicz, Career Development Specialist We’re here to help you set and reach your career goals with our Goal Setting Blog Series. Start with Step 1: Your Interests & Strengths >> Now, the most important step: maintaining it. Like any big goal, from a new gym goal to education, there will be times when you hit a wall, when you aren’t […]