New Choices

IMG_0043_groupWe all know the feeling of hope, security and empowerment that comes with having options, but for the women entering the New Choices Career Development Program, this may be an entirely new sensation. But it is a feeling they will assuredly gain upon completion of the program. The mission of New Choices is to assist women in transition in achieving economic self-sufficiency through personal development, career guidance, and job training. Our mission is to create options where none exist, to empower those who are stuck or lost in a rut of life and don’t know where to turn,  to empower them to see their own worth and their own possibilities, to see a brighter future and to seize it for themselves and their families.

Founded in 1985 through a collaborative effort by the YWCA, the Junior League of Lancaster, and the Lancaster County Career and Technology Center, New Choices has been successfully aiding women in transition for over 28 years, and in this time has assisted over 3,500 women to find economic and emotional independence. The label ‘women in transition’ can apply to single mothers;  recently divorced or widowed women who must re-enter the job force, perhaps for the first time in years;  laid-off workers;  or anyone who is seeking a change and sees a discrepancy between where they are and where they wish to be in life.

For ten days, these women spend sixty hours together in the classroom, learning the skills and nursesresources to better their lives. Students participate in workshops on the importance of self-esteem, effective communication styles, stress management, identifying vocational skills, interest assessments, resumé building, and interview and job seeking skills. Students learn to overcome the barriers to their success, both external and internal, and take accountability for their role in the direction of their lives. They are introduced to resources within the community

Ultimately, the goal of New Choices is to help our students to learn to value themselves as individuals, take responsibility for their own lives, and break the cycle of poverty, which destroys not only them and their children, but has significant negative effects on the community as a whole. As King Knox, President of the Lancaster County Career and Technology Foundation, the supervising agency of New Choices, said, “With this program, Lancaster wins, without it, Lancaster loses.” The combined effect of New Choices programs across the state of Pennsylvania saved the government over $2,446,610 by reducing the need for public assistance in the 2010-2011 fiscal year. And our programs have only continued to grow from there!

New Choices classes are geared toward individuals in transition, including:

  • Career counseling
  • Career planning
  • Computer training
  • Financial empowerment awareness
  • Job placement assistance
  • Job readiness instruction
  • Job search skills
  • Math and language skills brush-up
  • Short-term counseling
  • Skills identification
  • Support services including transportation and childcare
  • Training advising
  • Tuition assistance for eligible program graduates
  • Vocational assessment


Participants have to:

  • Complete 60 Hour Program
  • Attend 10 Days, 8:30am-3:00pm
  • Be a single parent,  displaced    homemaker, unemployed
  • or individual in transition
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be a recipient of General Equivalency Diploma (GED) or
  • High School Diploma

Class Schedule – (held at 1650 Manheim Pike)

August 22, 2016 – September 2, 2016
October 10, 2016 – October 21, 2016
January 9, 2017 – January 20, 2017
March 6, 2017 – March 17, 2017
May 15, 2017 – May 26, 2017


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