student success

Arcade to IT: Ismael’s Job Journey

By Anthony Edwards, Program Support Ismael Alvarez has always been a bit of a tinkerer, exposed to computers for most of his life. At one point, he worked in a video arcade and would occasionally troubleshoot arcade games that started to “eat” the customer’s quarters or become inoperable. It was his curiosity about the way […]

‘A Blessing I Want to Share’

By Freda Beamon, Byte Back Student My name is Freda Beamon. I have been attending Byte Back since January 2017. It was the best decision I’ve made in a long time. I heard about the program from friends that had nothing but rave reviews. Byte Back is a good fit for me, because I have been […]

Students Discover New Possibilities in DC Tech

Besides learning in classrooms, studying at home, and working to pass those Microsoft and CompTIA certification exams, our students are eager to discover the possibilities of tech careers right here in DC. This month, they’ve taken advantage of exciting opportunities with Byte Back to learn about tech careers, network, and become part of the DC […]

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 […]

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 […]