student

7 Student Thoughts to Inspire You Today

During a special visit from Jackie Reyes, Director of the DC Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs, students in the Microsoft Office Specialist in Outlook course shared their personal stories. They thanked the Director for funding Byte Back, encouraging the Office to continue and emphasizing that the program has been life-changing for them. For many of […]

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, […]

Five Students Attend Their First Tech Conference

Five Byte Back students attended their first ever tech conference. ASAE sponsored the students, featured them, and paired them with mentors at the recent ASAE Technology Conference & Expo. ASAE also gave Byte Back the opportunity to showcase our services and work in the community by donating a booth to us. This was an amazing […]

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. […]

Byte Back Community Goes Wild for Pokémon Go

By Iyana Turner, Program Associate & Pokémon Go Enthusiast Just over a month ago, software development company Niantic Labs released Pokémon Go to American players. Garnering over 1 million downloads in the Google Play store in 24 hours, Pokémon Go has now reached over 100 million downloads on Android devices alone. The game is just […]

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 […]

Getting Dressed for Your Dream Job: A Before & After Look

Blog and photos by Bock Szymkowicz, Career Development Specialist, and Francisco Vasquez, Manager, Instruction and Curriculum  These five Byte Back students are graduating from Byte Back and ready to start interviewing for jobs. But before they book those interviews, they needed a wardrobe to match their skill sets and levels of confidence. That’s where A Wider Circle‘s professional clothing shop […]