Welcome to Taft College
California Community Colleges CalWORKs Program
“Education that WORKs!”
June, 2007:
Juana Rangel-Escobedo joins TC as the new CalWORKs Coordinator/Counselor! Welcome, Juana!

What is CalWORKs?

California Work Opportunities and Responsibility to Kids.

CalWORKs funds are for the purposes of assisting welfare recipient students and those in transition off of welfare to achieve long-term self sufficiency through coordinated student services offered at community colleges including: work study, job placement, child care, coordination, curriculum development and redesign, and under certain conditions post-employment skills training, and instructional services.

Mission Statement:

We are a California Community College program serving CalWORKs students and their families by providing educational and career opportunities combined with an array of high quality support services that enable students to complete their educational goals, find meaningful employment and successful transition into the workforce. Through collaboration and advocacy with our college and community partners, we prepare a segment of California’s workforce by promoting the economic self-sufficiency of CalWORKs students through the attainment of a higher education.

We believe in…

  • Supporting students’ progress towards self-sufficiency through education.
  • Preparing students to be successful learners and achievers.
  • Coordinating services to meet the needs of our students.
  • Collaborating and partnering with community organizations.
  • The ability of people to affect positive change in their lives.
  • Advocacy as an effective tool to serve and support our student population.
  • The power of the individual.
  • Respecting the value and diversity of each individual.
  • Personal responsibility, perseverance, integrity, and commitment.

Who's Eligible?

A student who is currently a welfare recipient receiving cash aid that is in good standing who has or is developing Welfare to Work (WTW) plans with their local County Welfare Office.

If you are not currently receiving cash aid, please contact the CalWORKs Office at the college before you apply. Students who enrolled in a community college prior to applying for welfare have far greater flexibility in achieving their educational goals. For further information, contact the CalWORKs Office at 661-763-7898.

What is the purpose of CalWORKs?

  • To assist students with educational goals needed to obtain a degree or certificate in a field approved by the local County Welfare Department.
  • To help students acquire employable skills and training that will make them self-sufficient.
  • To coordinate the student’s welfare to work plan to support the student in meeting their work participation requirements.
  • As CalWORKs staff, to be the direct liaison/advocate for the students, college, and county agencies.


  • Be receiving CalWORKs/TANF cash aid
  • Enrolled in classes (no minimum units)
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA (“C” average)
  • In the process of obtaining, or currently working on a welfare to work plan with the local County Welfare Department.
  • Generally, single parents must complete 32 hours per week of approved activities.

Supportive Services Offered:

  • Assistance with Admissions, Financial Aid & Registration
  • Academic, Career, and Personal Counseling
  • Individual Education Plans
  • Assistance with Job Placement to meet welfare to work activity hours and participation requirements
  • On-Campus Childcare while attending classes and work activities
  • Workshops to achieve and maintain employment skills
  • Tutoring
  • Parking Permit Voucher
  • ASB Voucher
  • Book Voucher
  • Supplies 

How do I apply?

  • Complete an Admission Application at Taft College:  
  • Schedule an appointment with the CalWORKs Counselor, Juana Escobedo by calling 661-763-7748
  • Bring in verification of cash aid and/or county referral form
  • Fill out appropriate CalWORKs forms at appointment

Questions? Contact Us Today!

Taft College
29 Emmons Park Dr.
Taft, CA 93268

661-763-7898 direct
661-763-7758 fax

Fall/Spring Semester
Counseling Hours: Mon-Thurs: 7:30am-4:30pm; Fri: 7:00am -4:00pm
Office Hours: Mon-Thur: 7:30am-7:00pm

Summer Semester
Counseling hours: Mon-Thur: 7:00am-5:00pm
Office Hours: Mon-Thur: 7:00am-7:00pm

Taft College CalWORKs Staff

- Juana Rangel-Escobedo, CalWORKs Coordinator/Counselor

Local County Welfare Department Staff and Support Services:

Department of Human Services
119 N. 10th St.
Taft CA, 93268


- Randy Miller, Supervisor
0210; millerr@co.ker.ca.us

- Steve Hill, Social Services Worker
; hills@co.kern.ca.us

- Gary Holton, Social Services Worker
; holtong@co.kern.ca.us

- Jennifer Parker, Social Services Worker
; parkerje@co.kern.ca.us

- Richard Van Mullen, Career Services Center
0202; vanmulri@co.kern.ca.us

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