What is CalWORKs?
CalWORKs, is California’s Welfare Reform Program replacing AFDC, Assistance to Families with dependent Children. It stems from the Federal Initiative call WORKs (Work Opportunities and Responsibility to Kids), and of the prefix “Cal” is for California.
How do I know if I qualify for CalWORKs?
If you are receiving TANF, you qualify for CalWORKs.
What is GAIN? How is it connected to CalWORKs?
GAIN, Greater Avenues to Independence, is Los Angeles County’s vehicle for delivering the CalWORKs Program. GAIN has guidelines that one must follow in order to be in compliance with Welfare-to-Work (WtW) laws. GAIN literally moves individuals from Welfare-to-Work through educational upgrades, job training, and career preparation while offering supportive services that include childcare.
How does a student request to see a counselor?
A student may call Los Angeles Southwest College CalWORKs office at 323.241.5477 or stop by the CalWORKs office in Student Services Center Building, Office 217.
Can a CalWORKs participant get financial aid?
TANF recipients at LASC are referred to the Campus Financial Aid Office to acquire a fee waiver for college registration. They may also qualify for other financial aid. Ask the Financial Aid counselor or associate for assistance with other financial aid matters.
How does CalWORKs contribute to the College, and it is taking college resources from other students?
CalWORKs Maintenance of Efforts Funds are distributed to all California Community Colleges in order to serve TANF recipients without causing a financial burden for the colleges. Therefore, CalWORKs contributes to the college by providing services needed, but are not generally offered by the college. For example, at LASC, CalWORKs sponsors a Career Services Center that includes Job Development and Job Placement Assistance. This service is open to all students, although special attention is given in placing TANF recipients in jobs and/or starting them on a career path.