student success

‘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 […]

Byte Back’s New Mission

Byte Back is entering 2019 with a clear vision. We’re focused on offering students a pathway of tech training to help them reach their career goals, this year and beyond. We are proud to introduce a mission statement that matches our commitment to inclusive education and our students’ success in launching living-wage careers that use […]

After 30 Years, a New Career in the Making

Patricia was interviewed by the BBC about why she chose to pursue training and a career in tech. By Yvette Scorse, Communications Director In today’s economy, retirement isn’t always the end of a career. Especially in Washington, DC, where the cost of living is twice as high as in other states, Social Security checks don’t usually […]

Byte Back Wins $360k(again!) at WeWork Global Finals

Byte Back Competed at the Creator Awards Global Finals at Madison Square Garden In March, WeWork saw something special in Byte Back – tech career training that started 20 years ago and brings economic opportunity to hundreds in the DC community today. Byte Back won the biggest prize at WeWork’s DC Creator Awards – $360,000. Since then, the Creator Awards […]

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 […]

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, […]