About GCC CalWORKs

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Who are our students?

  • 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. 

Question Mark  What services does the GCC CalWORKs Program Provide?

  • The GCC CalWORKs Program advocates for our students' education. We help students 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.