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Quizlet: 6 Steps to Accessing Free Tools for Learning

By Ellen Bredt, Certification Tutor With this free tool, you can use the resources provided by your instructor or you can make an account and begin creating your own self-study aids. Quizlet is one of the handiest sites available for learning things like the commands of the Microsoft Excel Ribbon or the many different types of […]

Straight from the Students: A Visual Report

By Christopher Wallace, Development Associate Byte Back is committed to meeting students where they are. This means we teach classes throughout the District, physically reaching students in their neighborhoods. This also means we offer free computer courses at all levels, making it possible for students to begin at a comfortable, but challenging level. We also make sure tutoring, […]

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, […]

TechGirls from Egypt Inspire Us

By Yvette Scorse, Communications Manager One thing we know at Byte Back is that it’s never too early or too late to learn about technology. It also doesn’t matter what race you are, where you’re from, or what gender you are – tech should be inclusive of all people. This was reinforced as we spent the day […]

Saving the Best for Last

By Robin Moges-Haile, AmeriCorps Computer Literacy Instructor My last course here at Byte Back was an Office Track class. The famous words “save the best for last” really apply here as this class was by far one of the best classes that I taught during my year of AmeriCorps service here. Each student in the class brought […]

Climbing High: A Day as a Byte Back Student

Guest blogger and student Adebayo describes his day’s journey, which starts with challenges and ends with motivation. By Adebayo Olusada, Microsoft Office Specialist in Excel Student & Intern “One of the best opportunities to restart or polish your career in IT is right here in DC, and we as students embrace this great chance.” These […]

Not Easily Stopped, Beverly Is Determined to Graduate

 By Crystal Jacobs, AmeriCorps Computer Literacy Instructor “I joined Byte Back having some skills already,” Beverly Gillis says. She could already use Facebook and the Internet, “but beyond that, nothing.” She’s now halfway through the 12-week intermediate Office Track course. She has shown determination in the Byte Back class, which she attends at Skyland Workforce Center in […]

Started from the Bottom

Leo: Rising from a Beginner to Certified Pro Leonel De Leon, or “Leo,” grew up in Guatemala and moved to Maryland when he was 12. “I could see a better future,” he says about coming to the United States. However, his journey hasn’t been without struggles. In 2014, he lost his job and suffered from […]

18 Reasons We’re Happy to Be in a Byte Back Class!

In honor of Byte Back’s 18th birthday, 18 students celebrate with us and share why they LOVE learning at Byte Back.   1. “I appreciate Byte Back because it gives a lot of folks who can’t afford it the opportunity to participate in programs that prepare them for jobs.” – Judith Ware, Office Track student […]