New Choices Economic Empowerment Program

What is the New Choices program?

Since 1985, the New Choices program has supported women in the Cape Fear area who are taking steps toward financial independence & self-sufficiency. Founded as a workforce development initiative, the New Choices program supports women in the Cape Fear area in taking steps toward financial independence and self-sufficiency. Participants include domestic violence survivors, recently divorced women and mothers, and single parents re-entering the workforce. The program assists participants with tuition and textbooks for two-year degrees, certificates, or career training programs, access to quality childcare, transportation assistance to and from work or school, life skills, professional development, financial literacy, and bridges the gap between community support services. The mission of the program is to eliminate the barriers that independent individuals/single-income homes face and to fill gaps in support, educational tools, professional guidance, and connection to key resources for these women to make a better life.

What are the program goals?

New Choices aims to: 

  • Empower women to make informed financial decisions to create impactful change in their lives, families, and communities
  • Build a strong economic base through learned financial fundamentals
  • Help aspiring and existing entrepreneurs develop attainable business goals while strengthening long-term and short-term planning skills

What does the program provide?

 New Choices assists eligible participants with the following:

  • Tuition-based and textbook assistance for 2-year degree, certification, or professional skills training programs
  • Childcare & transportation assistance
  • Micro-enterprise assistance
  • Financial counseling
  • Career counseling
  • Workshops focusing on personal and life skills, financial empowerment, professional development, and business coaching
  • Support groups
  • Connections to community support agencies for continuation of care
  • Access to small business loan capital

How do I apply?

The New Choices program has specific qualifications for the program and specific deadlines that must be met. Applications can be submitted to the program manager Monday-Friday between 8:30 and 4:00pm. Schedule an appointment to begin the process with us today! 

Application Deadlines:
  • June 1st for Fall Semester open enrollment
  • September 1st for Spring Semester open enrollment


Who do I contact? 

For more information, please email us or call at 910-799-6820, ext. 114.