California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids



CalWORKs (California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids) is a state funded program (cash aid) that provides support to low-income individuals with dependent children who are receiving county assistance. CalWORKs is lifting families out of poverty through education. To get started, contact our CalWORKs Program Specialist.


  • Students with dependent children currently receiving CalWORKs cash aid from their county of residence. See MyBenefits CalWIN to see if you are eligible and to apply.


  • Assistance completing college and financial aid applications
  • One-on-one orientations
  • Specialized academic counseling
  • Priority registration for classes
  • Vouchers for registration (paid for by CalWORKs funds for qualified participants)
  • Advanced Standard Payment for books, supplies and materials (paid for by CalWORKs funds for qualified participants)
  • Liaison with CalWORKs Employment Training Specialist (ETS)/case manager
  • Computer access and dedicated study area
  • On-campus, free printing
  • Referrals to on campus and community services
  • CalWORKs Work Study
Jenna Becker - CalWORKs Program Specialist

The best part of working at Cabrillo is seeing students make a conscious effort to change. I see them breaking cycles, trusting themselves and striving to become better people. Thanks for trusting us to join you on your journey!