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 Coordinator.


  • Students with dependent children currently receiving CalWORKs cash aid from their county of residence. See BenefitsCal 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

Ana C. Ruiz - CalWORKs Program Coordinator

As the CalWORKs Program Coordinator for Cabrillo College my job is to make sure that you succeed both in school and out in the community. I am here to support you; find the correct resources for you; and make sure that you become self-reliant. Please let me know how I can help.