New Choices Career Development Program

Transforming Lives

New Choices Career Development Program is a free Educational Empowerment Workshop open to women and men regardless of income who are in transition or recently lost a job.

In two weeks (60 hours), participants learn:
  • Soft-skills to set goals, solve problems, resolve conflict, manage stress, set boundaries, and prioritize needs
  • Find employment through non-traditional means and networking
  • Pursue short-term (certificate or degree) educational programs. Students who complete New Choices successfully will qualify for scholarships.


The Benefits 
  • Participants are eligible for scholarships after successful completion of the workshop.
  • Discover their life’s calling through skills and interest assessments.
  • Learn about opportunities for short-term certificate and degree programs.
  • Become aware of community resources available to help.
  • Acquire skills to conduct unconventional job searches.
Open to all — women and men in transition over the age of 18.
  • There is no financial requirement; just a willingness to learn and work on themselves
  • As of 2017, New Choices now accepts men into the program!

“You are much more than your circumstances. We are all flawed human beings, but we can change.”

–Tricia Nabors, Executive Director of New Choices

The 2018-19 class schedule is on the upper right side of this page. You may also contact Tricia Nabors at 717-869-6363 or

Founded in 1985 through a collaborative effort by the YWCA Lancaster, the Junior League of Lancaster, and the Lancaster County Career and Technology Center, New Choices has been successfully aiding individuals in transition for over 30 years and has assisted thousands of women to find economic and emotional independence. The New Choices program is now open to men.  
New Choices is free to the Lancaster County community thanks to funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry and the Lancaster County Career & Technology Foundation.