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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 […]

This Is What Community Looks Like

Working together and giving back – that’s what makes the difference in success. Recently, several CompTIA A+ alumni returned to Byte Back. They weren’t looking for recognition or services for themselves but to give back. As our current students prepare for the two challenging A+ certification exams, our alumni found they could be of use. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Take a Journey to 1997: The Birth of Byte Back

Twenty years ago, Barbara Altman and Glenn Stein’s vision came to reality when Byte Back opened. The timing was right. In 1997, many Washington, DC residents were struggling with a lack of opportunity. People like Craig came to Byte Back afraid of computers and left with skills and a career. Today, take a leap back […]

7 Student Thoughts to Inspire You Today

During a special visit from Jackie Reyes, Director of the DC Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs, students in the Microsoft Office Specialist in Outlook course shared their personal stories. They thanked the Director for funding Byte Back, encouraging the Office to continue and emphasizing that the program has been life-changing for them. For many of […]

On the Path to Achieving IT

By Iyana Turner, Program Associate Office Track student Jose Guzman has dreams of being a success in the IT field. When classes began October 3, 2016, he wasn’t sure what the experience would be like, but he was determined. This journey did not come without difficulty. Jose found himself missing classes, much to his frustration, […]

Women Who Tech at Byte Back

Graphics by Yvette Scorse, Communications Manager   In 2016, Byte Back served … Female students come from diverse backgrounds … Women at Byte Back find a path and tools to empower themselves … Byte Back offers opportunity and adds diversity … Support women who tech at Byte Back by volunteering and donating today! Print and share […]