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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 […]

She Was out of Work but Not out of Hope

By Yvette Scorse, Communications Manager “Diane got a job!” The news rang out in the Byte Back office recently one afternoon. Diane Dallas jokes that even though she graduated in 2013, she “can’t get away from Byte Back.” She’s served as a volunteer, sang “You Gotta Be” and “There’s Hope” at Breakfast Bytes fundraisers and, […]

Meet Derrick Washington, Byte Back’s ‘People Builder’

Derrick  Shares His Plans as Career Services Manager and ‘People Builder’ By Yvette Scorse, Communications Manager Derrick is focused and passionate. With only a few weeks on the job at Byte Back, he clearly articulates his goals in working with students, with alumni, and with employer partners. It’s easy to become excited about the future […]

Getting Dressed for Your Dream Job: A Before & After Look

Blog and photos by Bock Szymkowicz, Career Development Specialist, and Francisco Vasquez, Manager, Instruction and Curriculum  These five Byte Back students are graduating from Byte Back and ready to start interviewing for jobs. But before they book those interviews, they needed a wardrobe to match their skill sets and levels of confidence. That’s where A Wider Circle‘s professional clothing shop […]

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 […]