Who We Are
CalWORKs (California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids) at College of Alameda is a counseling program that supports student parents who have a CalWORKs Welfare-to-Work (WTW) plan from County Social Services. We are committed to help student parents achieve self-sufficiency through education and training, and find fulfilling employment and academic success.
To participate in CalWORKs, a student must be a parent of eligible minor(s), have an active CalWORKs through County Social Services, and be enrolled at College of Alameda.
CalWORKS at Social Services offer supportive services for student attending college with:
- Transportation funds
- Access to affordable childcare and funds
- Ancillary funds to purchase required books, materials, and supplies for college classes
- Referrals to resources to obtain housing and other vital supportive services
CalWORKs at College of Alameda offer supportive services for students at COA with:
- Academic counseling
- Work study opportunities
- Priority enrollment for classes
- Transfer application fee waivers
- Workshops aimed to support student parents
Yes! CalWORKs is California’s interpretation of TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), which is a federal program.
Sort of! Care is a program within EOPS for CalWORKs participants who also meet EOPS eligibility requirements, are a single-parent head of household, and have at least one child fourteen (14) year of age or younger. For more information, please visit College of Alameda’s EOPS/Care
Within CalWORKs, eligible participants are given a Welfare-to-Work (WTW) Plan which documents
what activities they’ll participate in to meet CalWORKs requirements. This typically includes college training programs, volunteering, job search or employment through work study, and others (depending on the recipient). Typically the activities are determined by the recipient and their employment counselor at Social Services. A Welfare-To-Work plan is REQUIRED to receive services from College of Alameda CalWORKs.
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Contact Marissa Nakano, EOPS/Care/CalWORKs Counselor by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 748-2260 to get set up!