student success

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, […]

Women Who Tech at Byte Back

Graphics by Yvette Scorse, Communications Manager   In 2016, Byte Back served … Female students come from diverse backgrounds … Women at Byte Back find a path and tools to empower themselves … Byte Back offers opportunity and adds diversity … Support women who tech at Byte Back by volunteering and donating today! Print and share […]

Back to School, Back to Her Future

By Leonel De Leon, AmeriCorps Computer Literacy Instructor When she was 15 and in 9th grade, Simona Campbell faced some unfortunate circumstances and dropped out of school. Now, at the age of 47 and a mother of three, Simona is back in school. As she studies to earn her high school diploma at Ballou STAY […]

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, […]

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. […]

Graduate Leads National Recovery Month Awareness

By Iyana Turner, Program Associate Addiction treatment and mental health services can enable people with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live healthy and rewarding lives. That’s what National Recovery Month is all about – awareness and education to improve lives. Byte Back graduate Rhonda Johnson organized and hosted a National Recovery Month kickoff event […]

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 […]

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 […]

Thanks to Byte Back, I’m Not the Computer-Illiterate Grandpa Anymore!

Alphonso Williams, Office Track Student, Shares His Journey to Byte Back My journey started when I completed training as a private investigator for the District of Columbia. When I received my license and certification, it became very clear that my computer skills were not up to the functional capacity needed. I couldn’t formulate reports; I […]