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.
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 Office Technology
- Computer Technology
- Computer Information Systems CIS-A+, Network Plus and Security
- Web Professional
- 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
- 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.
Ridgecrest / Main, Tehachapi, and Eastern Sierra campuses
Phone: (760) 384-6250
Fax: (760) 384-6320
Interim Director of ACCESS Programs
Department Assistant III
Job Development Specialist
Kern River Valley
Phone: (760) 379-5501
Mission of Program
To provide participants with quality education programs and employment training experiences that lead to economic self-sufficiency.
- Cal Learn
- Career Service Center
- College Community Services
- Community Connection for Child Care
- 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