New Choices Career Development Program

New Choices Career Development Program is a life-changing opportunity for Lancaster, York and Chester County’s individuals in transition to achieve economic self-sufficiency through personal development, career guidance, and job training.

Contact Information:

Deb St. Onge (she/her)
Director, New Choices Career Development Center

How it works


The New Choices Career Development Program benefits individuals in transition by giving them skills and resources in job seeking, interviewing, and résumé writing.


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.


More than 80% of 2021 New Choices graduates were placed in employment, training, or continuing education programs!

New Choices is here for you

The New Choices Career Development Program is open to any PA resident, and is specifically geared towards individuals in transition over the age of 18. New Choices is funded through the  Pennsylvania Women Work office of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

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.

What you'll learn

Research and Employment

Find employment through non-traditional means and networking, as well as acquire skills to conduct unconventional job searches and tap into community resources available to help.

Participants also discover their life’s calling through skill and interest assessments.

Life Skills

In addition to job skills, New Choices participants gain soft-skills to set goals, solve problems, resolve conflict, manage stress, set boundaries, communicate effectively and prioritize needs.

Continuing Education

We're here to help you become what you wanted to be when you grew up! With New Choices you can find out about ways to pursue short-term (certificate or degree) educational programs. Students who successfully complete the New Choices program will qualify for scholarships.

Meet Enisha:

Enisha Sealey shares her experience as a New Choices student and Lancaster CTC Culinary student!

Ready to get started?

We’re here to help you turn “I can’t” into “I did”!

We're proud to partner with these local organizations

Our Advisory Board

April Book
Market Manager
Citadel Federal Credit Union

Marcy Brody
Communications Specialist
Manheim Township School District

Jonathan Crothers
Assistant Professor of Biology
Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences

Molly Henderson
Educator, Public Health Director
Lancaster County Commissioner (Retired)

Clarence Kegel III
Vice President
Account Executive Murray

Tom Kifilo
Rohrer’s Incorporated

Mike Longenecker
(Executive Committee)
VP of Product Development
Artsana USA, Inc.

Monica Rakoczy
Entertraining Solutions, LLC

Nicole Snavely
Associate Wealth Coach

Gerard “Jerry” Glenn (Emeritus)
Armstrong + Chairman of SCORE (retired)

Gary Leauby
Former RR Donnelley (retired)

Deb St. Onge
Program Director
New Choices Career Development Program

Luann Aument
Aument Coaching + Consulting
Board of Directors
YWCA Lancaster

Thank you to our supporting partners


To empower individuals 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.