What is CalWORKs?

In 1996 President Bill Clinton signed into legislation the bill known as the "Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act" (PRWORA), which ended a federal guarantee of aid to the poor that had existed since the New Deal days of President Franklin Roosevelt.  California combined the federal grant with state funds and named the program "California Work Opportunities & Responsibility to Kids" (CalWORKs).  Although the federal view of welfare reform has been one of "work first", the state of California recognized that many cash aid recipients would benefit from continuing with their self-initiated education programs.  Therefore, during the 48-month (four year) federal time limit, a qualified student-parent may have the opportunity to proceed with education; increase skills and talents; and/or earn a certificate, Associate's or Bachelor's degree at a four year university, which will ensure the future self-sufficiency of their family. 


Student Support Services:

  • Early Registration
  • Easy Access to Tutors
  • Academic, Career, & Personal Counseling
  • Development of Individual Training Plan (ITP)
  • Comprehensive Educational Plan
  • Job Development & Post Employment Services
  • Case Management & Tracking of Student Progress
  • Referrals to Other Student Services, (EOPS/CARE, & EAC)
  • Easy Access to Successful Employment For Life (EASEL Workshops)
  • Counseling on Welfare-to-Work (WTW) Requirements & Regulations
  • Liaison with Employment Specialists (ES) Worker to Assist the Students
  • Work Study & Paid/Unpaid Internship
  • Placements With Focus On Job-Skills Acquisition
  • Computer Lab (located in the CalWORKs Office