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California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs)

CalWORKs was established in 1997 by Assembly Bill (AB) 1542 as a cash aid program for low income families who require assistance meeting their basic needs. CalWORKs can assist single or two-parent families who are receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and those in transition off welfare, achieve long-term self-sufficiency through education, employment, and training programs to help families get jobs. Child care, transportation, work expenses and counseling are also available for families in work activities. There is a four year time limit for adults but the children can remain on aid if otherwise eligible under the Safety Net program.

The El Camino College (ECC) CalWORKs Program provides support to eligible students by helping you obtain your educational degree and/or certificate while gaining valuable work experience. A wide range of services are offered to help you achieve your goals including counseling, case management, job placement, college work study, individual tutoring, and reimbursements for books and supplies. The ECC CalWORKs Program staff is dedicated to providing you guidance, support and the best customer service on campus. Most importantly we want you to know that we're here to serve you and you're always welcome in our office.



CalWORKs Services Available to Program Participants:

  • Priority Registration

  • Counseling (Walk-in or Appointments)

  • Individual Career/Academic Advisement & Counseling

  • Books/Supplies - GAIN Material Request Form Assistance

  • Community Support & Services Referral

  • On-Site GAIN Service Worker

  • On & Off Campus Job Placement Referrals and Assistance

  • Work Study - Employment assistance, resume writing, job search skills, interview preparation

  • Coordination with the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS)

  • Tutoring (EOPS/CARE&CalWORKs Tutorial Center)

  • Holiday Recruitment & Retention Event

  • Mini Conference each Spring & Fall semester



GAIN Document Processing:

  • GN 6005A (SIP-Self-Initiated Program) Referral

  • GN 6006 (VOC-Vocational) Referral Form (along with GN 6013 and GN 6014)

  • GN 6390 (Multiple Schools) Referral Form(along with GN 6013 and GN 6014)

  • GN 6070 (Progress Report)

  • GN 6365 (Monthly Attendance Report)

  • Book material request Ancillary (Books, Supplies & Fee Reimbursement)

  • Form ST1-20A (WTW Verification) Training verification (Childcare)


  • Student must submit a current class printout with all documentation turned in for completion.
  • There is a three business day turn around for pick up of documentation from the ECC CalWORKs office.