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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. 


COVID-19:  GECAC offices have been closed since the mandated state shutdown in mid-March. While our physical offices may be closed, we are still able to provide support services online. We are also enrolling students for an upcoming new, virtual class format. 

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


  • 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.


  • 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

  • Sept 28 - Oct 2
    9 AM- 11 AM
  • Oct 26 - October 30
    9 AM- 11 AM



August Virtual Class Details


Register Here

Questions: 814.459-4581 x422

Five-day, ten-hour career guidance class:

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 transition toward a prosperous future.

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Maureen Kennedy Fink
Program Director
814-459-4581 Ext. 422