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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
CLOSED FRIDAYS

Candace Duron
CalWORKs Coordinator
(661) 763-7934
cduron@taftcollege.edu
Krystal Allikas
CalWORKs Technician
(661) 763-7754
kallikas@taftcollege.edu
Sheri Black
Outreach Advisor
(661) 763-7746
sblack@taftcollege.edu

Last Edited On: @ December 27, 2011