What is CalWORKs?

California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) Program is the state's public assistance program that provides temporary assistance to families with children. CalWORKs is a welfare program that assists parents by providing cash aid to needy families along with providing additional funds/resources to achieve their educational goals, as well as support towards success in the workforce. Eligible families who qualify for ongoing assistance through the CalWORKs program will receive money each month to help pay for housing, food, and other necessary expenses. The amount of money received is based on several factors that are determined by the county you are working with and the county worker you are assigned to for eligibility purposes.

How Do I Become A CalWORKs Participant?

Click the link and answer the questions to determine eligibility. Once you have filled out the form and you believe you are eligible then you need to contact your county and fill out an application to receive CalWORKs cash aid.CalWORKs Basic Information

You can also apply online through the California Department of Social Services. Click here to find out more information about the CalWORKs program and to apply online.

About the LPC CalWORKs Program

The Las Positas College CalWORKs program serves CalWORKs students and their families by providing educational and career opportunities combined with an array of high-quality support services that enable CalWORKs students to complete their educational goals, find meaningful employment, and successfully transition into the workforce. Through collaboration and advocacy within the college and the community, our program prepares students for economic self-sufficiency through the attainment of higher education.

Some of the support services that the CalWORKs program at Las Positas College provide include: career counseling, academic advising, coordination and advocacy with the Department of Social Services, assistance with Welfare-to-Work plans, transitional child care funding, transportation resources, referrals to college and community resources, job development and work study employment. Additionally, we offer special workshops, classes and support groups to aid student on their path to success.

To be eligible for the Las Positas College CalWORKs program, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • Student must be a current CalWORKs participant with their local County Welfare Department.
  • Student must have completed or be in the process of completing a Welfare-to-Work Referral for Educational Training.
  • Student must show proof of being a Cash Aid recipient from their local County Welfare Department.
  • Student must be enrolled or in the process of enrolling in classes at Las Positas College.
  • Students must complete the Las Positas College CalWORKs intake appointment and map out their education plan (SEP) with a CalWORKs counselor.
  • Students must sign-in at the front desk before meeting with a counselor and/or staff member at CalWORKs department.

Office Hours

Mon: 9:00am-4:00pm
Tues: 10:00am-7:00pm
Wed: 9:00am-4:00pm
Thurs: 9:00am-4:00pm

Contact Information

Amanda Ingold
CalWORKs Coordinator

Valarie Carey
CalWORKs Counselor

Danielle Donohoe
CalWORKs Counselor Assistant

Kiley Zieker
CalWORKs Student Assistant

CalWORKs Front Desk






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