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Pennsylvania Women Work

Rating: 4.82 stars   33 reviews 1,410


650 Smithfield Street Suite 520 Pittsburgh PA 15222 USA


The mission of Pennsylvania Women Work is to deliver personalized career development programs that result in family-sustaining wages for displaced homemakers and individuals in career transition across the state of Pennsylvania.


Each year, Pennsylvania Women Work provides services to more than 5,000 women, assisting them in achieving economic self-sufficiency for themselves and their families. The New Choices Career Development program serves more than 3,000 women annually, placing more than 2,000 in jobs or training and generating government savings of over $3 million through a decrease in welfare, food stamps, unemployment, and medical assistance.


New Choices, 3 Cups of Coffee™, Leadership Day, Career Conference

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Rating: 5 stars  

THIS ORGANIZATION Has TAUGHT ME INSIGHT ON HOW TO PRESENT MYSELF ON PAPER AND verbally to m;y potential employer. Both of my instructors has shown be ways to reflect my computer skills and organizational
abilities to another level. My background in budgets and finance has been enhanced. I have found A BETTER WAY
organize my multiple assignments. I thank Gail Marie Ivey for all her information to enable me to better present financial and budget information.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The program New Choices is such a positive experience. I have learned how to deal with my low self-esteem and how to build it up in a positive way. The instructors are very helpful and patient with the clients. They don't overwhelm you with a lot of stuff. They make sure that you understand what is going on and what you need to learn for a better experience job searching. Also, how to make you stand out among all the people who are searching for the same job as you. I have had such a wonderfully positive experience and would recommend this program for women across the country.

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Rating: 5 stars  

It has helped me with building my self esteem and meeting other lady's who are learning job skills like myself, and teaching me patience and the instructors has patience and are very kind and giving me purpose to find a JOB

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Rating: 5 stars  

My experience with Pennsylvania Women Work far exceeded my initial expectations on many levels. I have been pleasantly surprised, encouraged and equipped by the 5 programs that I have participated in so far. I can now see that what I entered into was not just a class but rather a relationship in an caring and empowering network. This is a wonderful gift.

The staff are genuinely committed to helping each participant succeed personally and professionally. I am amazed at the priceless resources that they are able to offer at no cost. I would not have believed that such an effective system existed for free. They deliver these services in an expedited manner in a supportive atmosphere.

The executive and administrative staff work hard as a non profit to provide all the resources. The instructors are all well qualified and sincere about their desire to develop others. They facilitate growth experiences that are challenging,rewarding and fun. Their nurturing skills become contagious along the way. All of the staff are committed to their mission to equip and empower others.

Attending the the New Choices program has been one of the best decisions that I have made in the past year and I wholeheartedly endorse their methods and mission. I am truly grateful for the gift of this valuable experience.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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I lost my position in my company back in July 2014, I looked for employment but was not having any luck in finding employment. I saw an article in my Sunday paper about a program called 3 Cups of Coffee where after completing the PA New Choices program on Career Development with Neives Stiker and Microsoft Word with Gail Ivey they would help setup a person for you to meet with in the field that you were interested in to give you advice and maybe act as a mentor. I cannot tell you how wonderful & important these two women were for me and how they give me my self esteem back along with making me feel that I had something to contribute which is so important when looking for work. I am very grateful to both of them.

I have completed the career development & Microsoft Word program and I am currently taking a program through them with Design Development International in Customer Service which is being taught by another wonderful women Susan Showalter-Bucher. Susan is very knowledgeable and makes this class interesting and once again I am very grateful to her.

I will start the 3 Cups of Coffee program with Vicki Lish once I have completed the rest and I am really looking forward to it. I am learning new skills & feel that I will be able to meet an employers expectations once I am done.
I am so grateful to have found this program, being with other women in the same position as you are really makes a difference & builds your confidence. I don't know where I would be at this time without this program.

I also wanted to comment on Linda Broze who is the program manager for PA Women Work. Linda has always made me feel welcome & her door is always open for us which makes this even better.

I am so fortunate to have found this program and I hope in the future it is still around for other women who are going through transitions in their lives. It is an extremely important program and I am very, very thankful to have been part of it.

Mary Ann J. Birmingham

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Rating: 4 stars  

My experience here at PA Women Work was great! I really appreciated the time and knowledge our instructor, Susan Showalter-Bucher, presented. Being in the customer service field for several years, I thought my skills were "pretty good". This class has helped me become more aware of many aspects and key points I was missing. It has also opened up many other opportunities for me. If I would improve one thing it would be the length. Although we covered so many basis, we could have covered more with more time. I'm sure our instructor pulled out the main elements for us. It was a joy to be a part of this.

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Rating: 4 stars  

PAWW - It's about: Remembering your value. It's networking with other women in the same position. It's learning new skills such as computer and software programs; Customer service; interviewing; networking and more. It's about learning where your strengths are, what preferences you have, and you rights and responsibilities as a working woman. PAWW is about joining a network of women who understand where you are coming from, where you want to go, and are there to help you with that journey. And they actually understand what being there means.

I would recommend this program to any woman who is going back into the workforce, who is looking for support to rediscover herself - her strengths and dreams - to open up new and wonderful possibilities for a solid and satisfying future.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I stumbled onto Pennsylvania Women Work purely by accident and from the moment I started interacting with the staff, it has been a blessing and a pleasure. Malinda, the Administrative Assistant is awesome, very personable and very helpful. Malinda explained the services that I had inquired about and more. I joined the new choices class which is currently 5 weeks long 2 days a week , facilitated by Nieves Stiker. Mrs Stiker is very passionate about teaching the class, about helping the participants learn about themselves, and creatnig a no judgement zone by making everyone feel comfortable.
I also joined the customer service class which is being taught by Susan Showalter-Bucher which I find to be a great refresher opportunity for me. Susan is very knowledgeable and encourages participation, allowing everyone to share their thoughts. I really appreciate the energy and work that each person at PA Women Work has put in to this program and the classes because I know I will be a better person at the end of this experience. Thank you PA Women Work.

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Rating: 5 stars  

After over 20 years in the workforce, I was "right sized" from my position with a major financial institution. Navigating through the unfamiliar job market and unemployment experience was a daunting task. Fortunately, I had a 3 Cups of Coffee mentor in my corner, encouraging me when I was discouraged and offering support throughout the journey. Being a fairly independent person, I was surprised by how much it helped my outlook just knowing there was a professional woman in the industry who believed in me and my abilities. 3 Cups of Coffee is a great program for networking as well, plus the coffee is free! I would highly recommend participating in 3 Cups of Coffee to any woman seeking employment.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a volunteer with PA Women Work for about a year and have seen firsthand how well-organized and dedicated the staff are at making sure everyone who enrolls in their 3 Cups of Coffee mentoring program gets what they need. I really like their focus on women to women mentoring and that they encourage self-sufficiency and empowerment. It is wonderful to see an organization who truly cares for their community and lives for their mission.

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