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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Support services offered in partnership with local community partners:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Dress for Success Phoenix at (602) 489-7397 or [email protected].