Pathways for Single Moms | Southern Arizona

Build a better future for your family with a certificate program for single mothers. Pathways for Single Moms eliminates many barriers women face when going back to school. From child care to tuition, this program helps women succeed through one-year certificate programs in growing STEM fields.

WFSA is excited to announce a partnership with YWCA Southern Arizona to support the pathway to self-sufficiency for single moms. Click here to read the full announcement >>

We are now accepting applications for the Spring 2023 Semester for Building and Construction Technology and Information Technology.

Pathways Program for Single Moms

“Pathways allows me to have a better outlook for my future and a stable career that supports me and my children.”

Arizona has among the highest number of nonprofit organizations per capita in the entire nation yet at least 500,000 mothers and their families are living on the margins. Many women are interested in going back to school to get into a career track that provides a worthy wage. However, low wages, rising tuition costs, and child care challenges often provide a barrier to success.

To address these challenges, WFSA created a pilot program of wraparound support for single mothers that helps them get certifications for careers with worthy wages, to break the cycle of poverty for women and their families. In addition to assisting in navigating the enrollment process, the program provides for up to 100% of tuition and childcare expenses, as well as a stipend for living expenses throughout the duration of the program.

In 2020, WFSA developed the Pathways for Single Moms Program. When Pathways was selected to be a part of the Women’s Economic Mobility Hub project with the Women’s Funding Network, WFSA was able to expand its holistic support program to serve a greater number of women.

The Pathways Program for Single Moms enables single mothers to earn a credit-bearing Career & Technical Education (CTE) certificate, preparing them for careers in growing fields that pay a thriving wage.

Moms who are also eligible for childcare will receive support through the First Things First-Quality First Initiative.

Enroll in Pathways

The Women’s Foundation for the State of Arizona in partnership with YWCA Southern Arizona is connecting single mothers to high-demand one-year certificate programs in fields that pay a livable wage, getting their families on a new path to self-sufficiency.

Benefits of the Pathways Program

  • Paid Tuition for certificates in select technical education programs
  • Quality-First/Kindergarten-ready Childcare Scholarship(s)
  • Stipend with active program participation*
  • Flexible Funds
  • Wraparound services (coaching, planning, and community resource support)

Support services offered in partnership with local community partners

  • Career Services (coaching and planning)
  • Internship opportunities through Pima Community College
  • Networking opportunities local industry leaders through Pima Community College

Eligibility for Southern Arizona

  • Identify as a Single Mom
  • Complete Pathways application
  • Complete One-on-One Intake Interview with WFSA
  • Complete Pima College application and requirements     (detailed in PCC’s intake)
  • Choose eligible certificate program in technical fields
  • Pima County One-Stop/ AZ@Work approval
  • Complete PCOS Childcare Scholarship voucher (if applicable)

Upcoming Southern Arizona 2023 Programs

IT – Information Technology
Program Length: 12 months
Mode: hybrid (East Campus)
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Building & Construction Technology (BCT)
Program Length: 12 – 16 months
Mode: hybrid (Downtown Campus)

Let’s get started

Here are your next steps


Does Pathways for Single Moms sound like a program you’re interested in? Your first step is filling out the application below! We’re here to walk you through your next steps. The application will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.


Once your application is received, WFSA will review and contact you for next steps which include a brief conversation about your goals.


After you complete the initial steps, we will introduce you to your Pima Community College student advisor who will walk you through their intake process. You will also learn about community resources here to support you.


Pathways for Single Moms removes obstacles women face when getting their education. This program covers tuition as well as childcare and other support to help with your expenses while getting a direct-to-employment certificate. Courses begin this spring and spots are filling fast!

Learn more about the program and career opportunities by contacting:

Southern Arizona – Pima County
Emily Wilson, Pathways Program Manager at (520) 302-4364‬ or 
I-Best Program Advisor at Pima Community College at (520) 206-7180 or

Central Arizona – Maricopa and Yavapai Counties
Dress for Success Phoenix at (602) 489-7397 or

Northern Arizona – Coconino County
Coconino Community College – Coming Winter 2023

Pathways for Single Moms Statewide Expansion
Questions: Contact Joanna Marroquin, Director of Pilot Programs at (520) 849-6095 or

Phoenix Metro and Northern Arizona
Joanna Marroquin, Director of Pilot Programs at (520) 849-6095 or