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New Choices Career Development Program Selected to Receive Auction Proceeds

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            Contact: Anthony Twyman
                                                                                            Assistant to the President for Communications
                                                                                            [email protected]

(Delaware and Chester Counties, PA)—The Delaware County Human Resources Association has selected the College’s New Choices Career Development Program to be the 2014 nonprofit recipient of choice at its annual Delaware Valley HR Person of the Year Award ceremony.

As the nonprofit recipient, New Choices will receive the proceeds of a silent auction that is to take place at the association’s HR Person of the Year Award ceremony, which will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Ballroom at the Ben, 834 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia.

Over the past 13 years, the silent auction has raised nearly $200,000 for charities in the Delaware Valley. This year, for example, the association raised $12,500 for Handi-Crafters, which runs one of the largest employment and support service programs in southeast Pennsylvania. Previous charity recipients include: Ann Silverman Community Health Clinic; Philadelphia Academies Inc.; Support Center for Child Advocates; Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; Philadelphia Futures; Gaudenzia; The Bridge; Child, Inc.; Chester County Futures; Ranch Hope Inc.; and Junior Achievement of Delaware.

The Delaware Valley HR Person of the Year Award was developed in 2001 to celebrate the Human Resources industry and to recognize those in the HR profession who exemplify outstanding achievement. The award is a joint effort of the HR Association of Southern New Jersey, Chester County Human Resource Association, Delaware County Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Delaware SHRM, Greater Valley Forge HR Association, Philadelphia SHRM, and the Tri-State HR Management Association chapters of the Society for Human Resource Management. Visit www.hrpersonaward.org for more information.

For more than 30 years, the College’s New Choices program has assisted economically disadvantaged individuals, single parents, displaced homemakers, single pregnant women and individuals in transition by helping them transition to find meaningful employment and move toward economic self-sufficiency. Through a series of workshops, participants rebuild self-confidence, determine career interests, explore training options, learn job search techniques and discover how to market their skills to employers.

New Choices participants are typically low-income women (90 percent) and men (10 percent), often with dependent children (50 percent). Many participants lack self-confidence, face economic and personal challenges and have insufficient education/training to effectively enter the workforce and maintain competitive employment without specialized help.

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