IT certification

How a Stroke Proved His Strength

Charles Grier

By Anthony Edwards, Programs Support Temp There comes a point in everyone’s professional career when they realize the skills they possess may not be enough for them to move forward. For some, this realization is a slow burn. For Charles Grier, this realization was definitive and life-altering. It was a stroke. In his own words, […]

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 […]

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. […]

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, […]

Zero to 100: Putting Tech Skills to Work

By Christopher Wallace, Development Associate In 2003 Aundre Bethel was working at a warehouse. He wanted to work in IT and was looking for a career change, so he started his search back in his hometown – Washington, DC. The barriers that stood between Aundre and his career in IT would have been overpowering for most. […]

13 Reasons to Believe in Success

It’s official – 13 students who completed the spring 2016 CompTIA A+ Certification Program at Byte Back are now certified. Not only did these students pass the two intensely difficult certification exams, 801 and 802, but they all passed on their first time and with great scores. Congratulations to these 13 smart, hard-working, and always determined students […]

IT Interns Take a Step Toward Their New Careers

3 Students Benefit from First Ever 8-Week Capitol Asset Internship By Yvette Scorse, Communications Manager Adebayo Olusada, Hugh Elliott, and Paula Smith are the first Byte Back students to intern at Capitol Asset, a program which is helping each of them in their blooming IT careers. Capitol Asset brings in technology donations and takes them […]

The Sky(pe)’s the Limit

By Bock Szymkowicz, Career Development Specialist Another student heads out the door of the Byte Back IT Academy, having met with our job developer, Abdullah Alnassar. In one-hour sessions Abdullah assists with resume tailoring, interview preparation, and career guidance for Byte Back certification students. There’s just one catch – Abdullah is 6,700 miles away. Even […]

A Determined Dad

A Daughter, a Determined Dad & a Future in Tech By Yvette Scorse, Communications Associate See an update on Behrooz’s story below. Adults rarely go back to school because they have to. They register, show up, and succeed because they are motivated by something, or someone. In Behrooz Bakhtiary’s case, his motivation is his 7-year-old […]

Meet the New Smiling Faces at Byte Back

By Yvette Scorse, Communications Associate Our two new staff members have a couple things in common: they both have very cool names – Iyana “Izzy” Turner and Bock Szymkowicz (pronounced Sim-kuh-witz) – and they both bring joy and a special spirit of service to the Byte Back team. Izzy and Bock joined us this summer and have already bonded with students […]