Cerro Coso Community College

CalWORKs: California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids

CalWORKs

Creating self-sufficiency through education, training, and employment.

What is CalWORKs?

California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids Act
Replaces "AFDC/TANF"
Provides short-term training and job transition services for persons receiving Welfare assistance

Who is eligible for the program?

Any student enrolled at Cerro Coso Community College receiving AFDC/TANF benefits, 18 years or older, and in good academic standing.

How do I get started?

Students interested in participating in the CalWORKs program can contact a CalWORKs representative at (760) 384-6219 or (760) 384-6250 at the IWV campus or (760) 379-5501 at the KRV campus.

CalWORKs Checklist

Student Application

Consent Form

Needs Assessment

CalWORKs Brochure

Services available to eligible participants.

Priority Registration
Scholarship Opportunities
On Campus Work/Study
Cerro Coso's CalWORKs Work/Study program is designed to provide qualified students with practical training in their chosen fields of study. Students are required to enroll in training courses at Cerro Coso, maintain a minimum 2.0 G.P.A., work for a maximum of 19 hours per week (depending on their course load and needs of the student) at placement, and meet program attendance requirements. Students are referred to employers for interviews as Work/Study positions become available.
Off Campus Work/Study
Cerro Coso's Off-Campus Work/Study program is also designed to provide qualified students with practical hands-on training in their chosen field of study. Students are required to maintain a 2.0 G.P.A., work for a maximum of 20 hours per week (depending on their course load and the needs of the employer and the student) and meet program attendance requirements. Even though the student will be the employee of the employer, students are still required to comply with all paperwork and reporting guidelines. Students are referred to employers for interviews as Work/Study positions become available.
Internship and Volunteer Placement Opportunities
Limited book/laptop loan
Counseling and Career Classes
Short term educational programs including:
Basic Skills Classes (reading, writing, math)
Business
Business Office Technology
Computer Technology
  • Computer Information Systems CIS-A+, Network Plus and Security
Web Professional
Paralegal
Welding
Child Development
Human Services
Health Careers
  • Administrative Medical Assisting
  • Clinical Medical Assisting
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • LVN- Certificate
  • RN- Prep
Liaison and coordination with social service agencies
Individualized support services

Employer Services

Provide an on going pool of eligible applicants
Subsidize up to 75% of participants payroll cost for on campus positions and 75% for off campus positions.
Maximum time of any one participant placed at a Work/Study site is 12 months.
Work Activity Hours
Enrollment in Tutorial Labs can count as part of your Work Activity Hours. See Paula Suorez for more information.
Check Bulletin Boards for Info
Don't forget to check the Bulletin Board on campus for up to date information, which is located on the second floor next to the West Entry Doors from the parking lot. It is clearly marked CalWORKs.

CalWORKs Team

Ridgecrest / Main Campus

Phone: (760) 384-6250
Fax: (760) 384-6320

Paula Suorez
Director of ACCESS Programs

Ana Gonzalez
Counselor

Karee Hamilton
Counselor

Cheryl Fitzsimmons
Department Assistant III

Ashlin Mattos
Job Development Specialist

Kern River Valley

Phone: (760) 379-5501

Jeffrey Stambook
Counselor

Mission of Program

To provide participants with quality education programs and employment training experiences that lead to economic self-sufficiency.

Community Partners

  • Cal Learn
  • Career Service Center
  • College Community Services
  • Community Connection for Child Care
  • DART
  • Department of Human Services
  • Department of Public Health
  • Department of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Employment Development Department
  • Employment Training Resources
  • Fleet & Family support Center
  • Family Advocacy Program
  • Goodwill Industries of Southern California
  • High Desert Pathways
  • IWV Family Resource Center
  • Naval Air Warfare Center
  • Navy Relief Society
  • Ridgecrest Community Health Care
  • Senior Services of I.W.V.
  • Tribal TANF-OVCDC
  • Women's Center- High Desert
Kern Community College District