Para to teacher licensure

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In Spring 2019, Women With A Cause launches a new program which will focus on rural Colorado communities. The Paraprofessional To Licensure program will enable single mothers and single women Veterans to attend college while working in the San Luis Valley schools as paraprofessionals (Women who are trained to assist professionals but do not themselves have professional licensure).

Women will take in-seat classes in the summer and on weekends in order to complete a Bachelors in Elementary Education. Presently, WWAC has been talking to potential partners such as Adams State University, Trinidad State Junior College, and La Punte, a non profit social service safety net organization.

Michele Houtchens, a lifelong educator and administrator, is heading up the development and launch of this wonderful opportunity for women and children they will serve. Contact us for more information.

Empowering and embracing Women in Need Toward Self-Sufficiency Through Education and Training.

WWAC Program

Women work while attending school, compete for scholarships, participate in life skills and parenting education classes and financial literacy curriculum. Each Scholar is assigned a personal accountability partner (mentor). This advocate has a background in her mentee’s field of study.

Para to Licensure Program

Women in the Para to Licensure Program work as para educators in classrooms while progressing toward teacher licensure in the state of Colorado. Scholar cohorts will meet periodically for the purpose of receiving and supporting academic and professional growth. Scholars will optimize their academic and professional experiences through WWAC partnerships with Institutions of Higher Education and Districts/BOCES. Initially, students will begin their studies in the areas of college study skills, effective writing and communication skills, and para educator professional development.


Our Scholar program is exclusively available to women who are single mothers or single female veterans. Women currently working as para educators and wishing to achieve Colorado teacher licensure are encouraged to apply. Applicants should not hold a bachelor’s degree, but can have accrued credits toward a bachelor’s degree.