Single moms are beginning a new journey towards self-sufficiency with technical education training offered in partnership with the Women’s Foundation for the State of Arizona (WFSA) and YWCA Southern Arizona.

  • 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.

YWCA Hosts Pathways program.

WFSA has partnered with YWCA to support the pathway to self-sufficiency for single moms.


Funding Partner

The Women’s Found­­ation for the State of Arizona (WFSA) has selected YWCA Southern Arizona as its Southern Arizona partner to provide services in support of its mission to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

Education Partner

Pima Community College has partnered with YWCA Southern Arizona to bring you fast-track certificate programs that quickly prepare you to start a career in an in-demand field.

Eligibility for Southern Arizona:
  • Identify as a Single Mom
  • Complete Southern Arizona Pathways application
  • Complete One-on-One Intake Interview with Pathways Program Manager
  • 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:

Automated Industrial Technology (AIT)

IT Support Technician
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Program Length: 12 months
Mode: hybrid (East Campus)

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



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 (up to $400)
  • Wraparound services (coaching, planning, and community resource support)

Support services are offered in partnership with local community partners

  • Career Services (coaching and planning)
  • Internship opportunities through Pima Community College
  • Networking opportunities for local industry leaders through Pima Community Colleg
Are you interested in learning more or enrolling?
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Started by the Women’s Foundation for the State of Arizona in 2020, the Foundation has incubated the Pathways for Single Moms program which helps single mothers obtain a certificate in growing fields that pay sustainable wages.