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California Work Opportunities and Responsibility to Kids

The Purpose of CalWORKs is;

  • To assist students with educational goals needed to obtain a degree or certificate in a field approved by the local Human Services Department;
  • To help students acquire employable skills and training that will make them self-sufficient;
  • To coordinate the student’s Welfare-To-Work (WTW) 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.



CalWORKs funds are for the purpose 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.

Eligibility and Services


Eligibility Requirements

  • Two-parent or single parent households

  • Parent(s) and child must be a CalWORKs/TANF recipient

  • Approved county Welfare-to-Work (WTW) plan

  • Enrolled in classes (no minimum units)

  • CalWORKs students must fulfill work participation requirements (32-35 hours per week) in order to remain in good standing

  • Student must maintain a 2.0 GPA ( “C” average)



Services Provided

  • Academic, career, and personal counseling

  • Book voucher

  • ASB voucher

  • Educational supplies

  • Enrolled in classes (no minimum units)

  • Job placement/Work study

  • Tutoring


How To Apply: Contact your local Human Services Department to apply for CalWORKs. Bring your Welfare-To Work (WTW) Plan or referral to the Taft College CalWORKs orientation. If you can not attend the orientation then you can schedule and appointment with a CalWORKs counselor.

Check out the CalWORKs Brochure 2013

Announcements and Upcoming Events


If you are already in or interested in the CalWORKs Work Study Program, then take a look at our open positions.


Taft College Career Center Community Resources Brochure


To Contact Us

Fall/Spring Semester

Office Hours: Mon-Thurs: 7:30am-6:00pm; Fri: 7:00am -4:00pm


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

Candace Duron
CalWORKs Coordinator
(661) 763-7934
Krystal Allikas
CalWORKs Technician
(661) 763-7754
Last Edited On: @ December 27, 2011