Our students are low-income parents with children under 18 who are receiving cash aid (welfare benefits) from the County of Los Angeles for themselves and their children.
In order to receive benefits from the county, CalWORKs students must participate in approved activities that will lead to a job or a career. (Most two-parent families must participate for a minimum of thirty-five hours per week.)
Our students have chosen to complete all or some of their thirty-five hours of required participation by receiving education and training here at Glendale Community College.
What services does the GCC CalWORKs Program Provide?
The GCC CalWORKs Program advocates for our students' education. We helpstudents communicate and negotiate with the county workers (DPSS and GAIN) who oversee their benefits.
The CalWORKs office processes the documents that allow CalWORKs students to receive crucial supportive services from the state, including child care during class hours and reimbursement for school-related costs such as text books, supplies, transportation, and fees.
We provide encouragement, advice, and honest feedback for a population of students who are rebuilding their lives on a foundation of education, while modeling perseverance and hard work to their children.