California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids Act
What is CalWORKs?
CalWORKs is the community portion of the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids Act: the welfare reform program established by Assembly Bill (AB) 1542.
CalWORKs funds assist single parents who are receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and those in transition off welfare, to achieve long-term self-sufficiency through coordinated student services. The on campus program offering these services is CalWORKs Career Ladder Programs and Services.
CalWORKs Career Ladder Programs and Services supports eligible students to obtain their educational degrees and certificates while gaining work experience leading to sustainable employment.
The CalWORKs Career Ladder Programs and Services staff are dedicated to providing quality career training and degree programs. A wide array of services are offered to help you achieve your goals.
- Career/Academic and Individual Advisement & Counseling
- Book/Supplies Voucher Assistance
- Employment assistance - including work-study assignments, resume writing, job search skills, and interview preparation
- Temporary Child Care Assistance
- Community/Support & Services Referral
- Job Placement Referrals and Assistance
- On-Site GAIN Workers and Advocacy
- Coordination with the Department of Social Services (DPSS)
- Completing SIP/VOC Referral forms, progress reports, educational plans, training verifications, monthly attendance reports, book and supply material request forms.
- Student must submit a class printout with all documentation turned in for completion
- We have a two business day turn around for pick up of documentation
- Parent and child must be a recipient of CalWORKs/GAIN (TANF)
- Sign contract with college and GAIN program
- Be a full-time student (12 units) or approved exemption
- Student must comply with a combination of 32 (35 hours for two parent households) hours of academic coursework, work activity, laboratory time, structured internships, or other activities which will lead to proper preparation for their career.
- Student must meet with their CalWORKs academic counselor at least once a semester to update their educational plan.