About Pathways Program for Single Moms

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

EducateHER applications for the Pathways Program for Single Moms for Fall 2023 are now closed. Applications will open up again in November 2023 for January 2024 classes.

The mission of Dress for Success Phoenix is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools needed to help women thrive in work and in life.

Funding Partner

The Women’s Found­­ation for the State of Arizona (WFSA) has selected Dress for Success Phoenix as its Central Arizona partner to provide services in support of its mission to create social, political, and economic change that achieves equity for women and girls of all identities.

Education Partner

Maricopa Community Colleges (MCC) has partnered with Dress for Success Phoenix to bring you fast-track certificate programs that quickly prepare you to start a career in an in-demand field.

Pathways Program for Single Moms Overview

“Pathways Program for Single Moms 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 living wage. However, low wages, rising tuition costs, and child care challenges often provide a barrier to success.

To address these challenges, Dress For Success Phoenix, in partnership with the Women’s Foundation for the State of Arizona (WFSA) and Maricopa Community Colleges (MCC), has 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 for children ages 5 and under, as well as a stipend for living expenses throughout the duration of the program.

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

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

Enroll in Pathways Program for Single Moms

Earn a certificate in just one year for fast-growing careers that pay self-sufficient wages. Dress for Success Phoenix and Women’s Foundation for the State of Arizona is connecting single mothers to high-demand one-year certificate programs in fields that pay a sustainable wage, getting their families on a new path to self-sufficiency.

Which Certificates Can I Receive?

The Pathways Program for Single Moms in Central Arizona has 23 eligible programs across the 10 Maricopa Community Colleges. These are primarily Fast Track Certificates and short-term programs leading to industry credentials in the following high-demand areas: applied technology; business, entrepreneurialism, and management; computer and information technology; education; and health sciences.

The Applied Technology Field of Interest programs gives hands-on skills you need to design, develop, or repair high-tech equipment and processes. After studying in these areas you can often find work after completing introductory classes and are able to expand your knowledge, skills, and education while earning a livable wage.

  • Automated Industrial Technology
  • J-Standard Soldering
  • OSHA Safety Training
  • Semiconductor Technician

Because our global economy starts with the small business on the corner and extends to the world’s most valuable companies, we’ve designed our business pathway to give you the knowledge and experience you need to be an economic and social leader at every level of your career.

  • Banking and Finance
  • Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Small Business Management
  • Small Business Start-Up

As technology evolves and data management systems become increasingly complex, the demand for highly skilled technology professionals continues to grow. Maricopa Community Colleges offers advanced laboratories, modern equipment, internships, and flexible and specialized classes where you will learn about computing hardware and software, web-based platforms, networks, telecommunications systems, and other innovative technology.

  • Amazon Web Services Cloud
  • Cisco Network Administration
  • CompTIA A+, Network +, Security +
  • Database Development
  • Network Support


If you love learning and want to help students discover their potential, the Education Field of Interest is for you. No matter which path you choose, a background in education can prepare you for a rewarding – and meaningful – career.

    • Early Childhood Education


If you want to help people live better, safer, healthier lives, consider the Health Sciences Field of Interest. Maricopa Community College’s Health Sciences degrees and certificates are designed to give you comprehensive training for health-related work in the hospital, healthcare, or exercise and fitness settings.

  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Community Health Worker
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Patient Care Associate/Health Unit Coordination
  • Practical Nursing
  • Specialty Nursing
Assistance for English as a Second Language (ESL), English Literacy, and High School Equivalency programs is also available.

Let’s get started!

Here are your next steps:


Does the Pathways Program 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, Dress for Success Phoenix 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 Maricopa Community College student advisor who will walk you through their intake process. You will also learn about community resources here to support you.


Pathways Program 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 fall and spots are filling fast!

Learn more about the program and career opportunities by contacting:

Dress for Success Phoenix at (602) 489-7397 or [email protected]

“Educate a woman and you educate her family. Educate a girl and you change the future.”
- Queen Rania of Jordan