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Opening Opportunities to Living-Wage Careers: 2019 Impact Brief

In 2019, more students increased their salaries. More opportunity and more skills lead to meaningful, living-wage careers that use technology. In 2019, 533 adults in DC and Baltimore took at least one Byte Back class – from Computer Foundations up to industry-recognized certification tracks. The tech sector is missing out on the talent, experience, and […]

‘Byte Back Has Kept Going!’

By Margot Nitschke, Grant Compliance Specialist Since Byte Back classes have gone virtual, we checked in with Elia, a Microsoft Office Specialist, Excel student, to see how things are going.   15 years as a stay-at-home mom, Elia was searching for a career path with many job possibilities, and that’s when she found Byte Back.    Elia started with Computer Foundations 2 and found a mentor in her instructor, who encouraged […]

There Are No Limits: Byte Back Baltimore

Baltimore has about 136,000 tech jobs, but a 20% poverty rate. Byte Back is connecting Baltimore residents like Samiria with free tech training and the chance to succeed in the digital economy. Thanks to the TD Ready Challenge, Byte Back started putting tech within reach in Baltimore in 2019. Help Byte Back serve even more […]

Bridging the Tech Gap – from 7,900 Miles Away

By Netsai Emmanuellie Zuze, IREX Community Solutions Fellow, Byte Back Netsai is a visiting fellow at Byte Back through the Community Solutions Program, run by IREX and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Back home in Harare, Zimbabwe she serves as a Training Officer at Nduna Zimbabwe Trust. This is Netsai’s first time in the United States, […]

Byte Back Partners to Offer a Free Pathway to College Credits  

Byte Back Partners with Saylor Academy to Expand Opportunities WASHINGTON – Byte Back and Saylor Academy announced a new partnership today to expand free college opportunities for adults preparing for living-wage careers.   Byte Back students, most of whom are unemployed when they start, will be able to save thousands of dollars on degrees by using Saylor Academy’s free online college-credit […]

Byte Back Wins Kapor Center Tech Done Right Challenge

Kapor Center Awards $1 Million to Fund Diversity in Tech Byte Back Awarded $100,000 in National Tech Done Right Challenge OAKLAND, Calif. and WASHINGTON – The Kapor Center announced the winners of its inaugural $1 million Tech Done Right Challenge grant competition. The challenge identified 10 social impact organizations who are building a more diverse and […]

‘Powering On’ Her Confidence

Guest Profile by Revé Van Croft, Consumer Technology Association Foundation  Originally published by the CONSUMER TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATION FOUNDATION, May 7, 2019 I had the immense pleasure of talking to Brenda Shelman, a 60-year-old Byte Back alumna who now works there administratively. It was wonderful learning about her and what pushed her forward in this journey of […]

From the Executive Director … 2018 Annual Report

Byte Back’s 2018 Annual Report Is Here, Along with a Message from Elizabeth Lindsey, Executive Director Imagine what poverty in this country would look like if people on the other side of the digital divide were given the opportunity to have living-wage careers in tech. You know how valuable a second chance can be. That’s […]