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.

our vision

To empower women and men in transition to participate fully in planning and achieving their career, educational, and personal goals. This program provides an environment that preserves dignity and supports personal choice.

The label “in-transition” can apply to:

Single mothers or fathers





Displaced Homemaker

Whom We Serve

The New Choices Career Development Program benefits individuals from all socioeconomic, ethnic, and racial backgrounds from across Lancaster County. All individuals in transition over the age of 18 who have earned at least a GED or high school diploma are eligible.

women empowered

workshops a year


Through a 10-day, 60-hour career guidance class, the New Choices Career Development Program benefits individuals in transition by giving them the skills and resources to succeed. Students are trained in job seeking, interviewing, and résumé writing. They learn the value of self-esteem, effective communication styles, and stress management. Students are introduced to resources in the community that help with housing, legal, and medical issues. After completing the course, students are eligible for scholarship funds to pursue short-term education. Students also receive continued guidance from the dedicated New Choices staff long after graduation. All of these elements help us to propel women and men in transition toward a prosperous future.

Scholarship Resources

New Choices Career Development Program awards scholarships to our graduates wishing to continue their education. Each student is handled individually, and the scholarship amounts are dependent upon our government funding and student’s education program of choice. Got questions? Check out the list of frequently asked questions.

Download a PDF of Community & Scholarship resources.

How can I get scholarship money?

After graduating successfully from New Choices, students meet with New Choices Executive Director, Tricia Nabors, to discuss education plans and scholarship possibilities.

What is the value of the scholarship?

The scholarship mainly depends upon our funding for the year. The scholarships range from $400 – $1,500.

Must I complete the New Choices program to be eligible for the scholarship?

Absolutely! Scholarship money is only offered to New Choices graduates.

Can I use the scholarship money at any school?

Scholarship eligibility depends on your school and program choice. Call New Choices at 717-869-6363 for more information.

Are there other scholarship/financial resources available?

Yes! Lancaster is a county ready to help! To see other resources and scholarships in our community, click HERE!

Please contact New Choices at 717-769-1936 if you would like more information or would like to schedule a meeting.

New Choices is overseen by Pennsylvania Women Work.

Pennsylvania Women Work’s New Choices career development sites are located across the Commonwealth. If you are looking for job training to further your career, we invite you to contact the program at the location most convenient for you.


New Choices Director, Tricia Nabors

With a passion for empowering women and men to achieve their goals of self-sufficiency and financial independence, Tricia Nabors is a dedicated Executive Director who works tirelessly to improve the lives of others.

Tricia joined New Choices in 2004 for a pilot program initiated by Franklin and Marshall College. In 2011 she was promoted to Executive Director after her predecessor retired.  Tricia’s experience with providing career counseling, coaching, and psychotherapy, has given her a unique perspective in the development and delivery of successful programs to help women-in-transition. In addition to the New Choices Career Development Program, she also supervises the Grow and New Beginnings programs.

Since her directorship, she has served as co-president of the Pennsylvania Women Work (PAWW), an organization that oversees and administers grants to the New Choices programs statewide. She was a committee member of the Lancaster Osteopathic Organization and served as a member of the International Coach Federation.

Tricia earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology at Millersville University and the designation of Certified Professional Coach from the College of Executive Coaching. A native of Vandergrift, Pennsylvania, Tricia has lived in the Lancaster area over 15 years. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with family and friends.


“I am honored to function as Director of New Choices where I continue to be trusted and invited into students’ lives as a resource to assist with the transitions that they are in need of making. One of our mottos at New Choices is, “Those who enter as guests leave as Friends.”

Our advisory board

Gerard Glenn
New Choices Advisory Board Chairman
SCORE Mentor
Armstrong, Retired

Greg Orth
Owner, Sandler Training 

Jonathan Crothers
Assistant Professor of Biology
Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences

Anthony Gillespie
Executive Director, Retired
Lancaster County Career and Technology Foundation

Jeremy Gingher
Former New Choices Student

Molly Henderson
Community Volunteer

Tom Kifilo
Rohrer’s Incorporated

King Knox
Chairman Emeritus
Lancaster County Career and Technology Foundation

Gary Leauby
R.R. Donnelley, Retired

Tricia Nabors
Executive Officio
New Choices Career Development Program

Christine Holms
Director of US Operations

Catherine Marcks
Community Volunteer

Brenda Becker Smoker, Ed.D.
Retired- Superintendent
Hempfield School District

Stuart Savin, Ed.D.
Administrative Director LCCTC

Kathryn Ross
Publisher, CPBJ & CPP

Shannon Zimmerman
Director of Communications
Hempfield School District



August 12 - August 23, 2019
October 14 - October 25, 2019
January 6 - January 17, 2020
March 9 - March 20, 2020
May 11 - May 22, 2020
Class Time - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm



Tricia Nabors





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.