New Choices

The Issue

Many people in Erie County have recently lost their job or have been unsuccessful in finding a family-sustaining job. Men and women need personal assistance in finding employment through non-traditional means and networking.

Our Impact

New Choices empowers individuals and provides the skills needed to find a job with family-sustaining wages. 

Overview

New Choices is a proven program designed to give clients individualized attention and training to help each person achieve personally and professionally. We work one-on-one and in small groups to help our clients see how to transfer their past skills, prepare them for the job market, and assist them in making professional decisions.

During New Choices, participants:

  • Set goals for success
  • Plan for their careers
  • Learn how to manage stress
  • Improve their time management skills
  • Build their confidence
  • Develop a winning resume
  • Practice interviewing techniques
  • Learn how to manage finances
  • Navigate the job search process

Qualifications

  • Open to all women and men in transition over the age of 18.
  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Currently looking for work. 
  • No financial requirement, just a willingness to work on yourself.

Benefits

  • Discover their life's calling through skill 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. 

Zoom Virtual Class

  • March 8- March 12
    Monday-Friday
    9 AM- 11 AM

Cost

FREE

March Virtual Class 

REGISTRATION REQUIRED:

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Five-day, ten-hour career guidance class:

New Choices is a one-stop-shop career program where the participants learn job search and interview skills, goal setting, and the confidence to succeed. The participant will create an updated resume, learn how to use office software and computer skills, and will find out more about conflict resolution and management of money and time. 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 helps with housing, legal, and medical issues. 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 a transition toward a prosperous future.

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Request More Info

Maureen Kennedy Fink
Program Director
814-459-4581 Ext. 422
mfink@gecac.org