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Continued Funding Received for Career-Guidance Program at Penn College

Pennsylvania College of Technology has received grant funding to continue its New Choices/New Options career-development program, which seeks to help single parents, displaced homemakers and those interested in nontraditional-by-gender occupations achieve economic self-sufficiency.

The free program is funded by the state Department of Education: Bureau of Career and Technical Education and the state Department of Labor & Industry. A grant of $159,247 was awarded to Penn College to offer the programming in 2008-09.

Participants are given the opportunity to build the self-confidence needed to cope with life and face new responsibilities, as well as to explore the benefits of entering careers that are nontraditional by gender.

During the three-week program, which is offered several times a year through the college’s Career Services Office, participants assess their interests, values and abilities in order to make career decisions and set goals. The program offers basic computer-skills training, job-search assistance and help in understanding the local labor market to assist participants in finding employment or continuing their education.

New Choices/New Options at Penn College also focuses on currently enrolled students who fall within the recruiting population to support and assist them in reaching their personal and vocational goals.

Limited financial assistance for college/vocational training and employability training is available to program completers who meet eligibility requirements.

Penn College is one of 24 sites that offer New Choices/New Options programming in Pennsylvania.

For more information about the New Choices/New Options program at Penn College, call 570-327-4502 or visit on the Web .

For general information about Penn College, visit online , e-mail or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

For more information about grant-funding opportunities, faculty and staff may contact the Grants and Contracts Office at ext. 7562 or through its Web portal.

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