CalWORKs (CalWORKs report): California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids. This program replaced ADFC in 1997 as part of California's response to federal welfare reform.
t-A-Glance: The California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) Program at Contra Costa College provides services to low-income people who have children 17 and under and who are receiving cash aid from the county. Participants have been approved by the county to attend school. CCC offers many vocational and educational programs to assist students to obtain a certificate and immediate employment or to transfer to a four-year institution. CalWORKs pays for all expenses while a participant is enrolled, including books, supplies, transportation, and child care. Services provided on campus include case management, counseling, employment assistance, work-study, tutoring, ESL assistance, and child care. County liaisons hold "office hours" on campus each week to meet with CalWORKs students.
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The California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) Program at Contra Costa College affords students the succor, support and liaison with the county Employment and Human Services Department (EHSD) needed to achieve immediate - and prepare for long-term - education and career objectives.
What is CalWORKs?
Briefly, CalWORKs replaced Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) in 1998. Administered by the county, CalWORKs offers programs and services including cash assistance and welfare-to-work activities, such as employability assessment and job search/job club for those in need of training to obtain employment. Participants may use their entire time on aid (60 months) to complete a county-approved training program.
The CCC Connection:
Many vocational and educational programs approved by EHSD are available at Contra Costa College. Most courses can be completed within 18 to 24 months, and have been labor-market tested to afford graduates immediate entry-level employment. Once that initial goal has been achieved, students are encouraged to further their educational and career objectives.
Career Advancement Program:
When students are employed and are off cash aid, they may be eligible for the Career Advancement Program (CAP), which may extend supportive services for one year, so long as the participants are working at least 32 hours per week in unsubsidized employment.
There is greater flexibility during this phase of the program. Students may opt for further training, or to work towards a degree or credits to transfer to a four-year institution. The CAP is part of the post-employment phase of the CalWORKs program, which assists participants to advance in their fie