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. We offer a wide range of services to help you achieve your goals including counseling, case management, job development and placement, college work study, professional and personal development workshops, academic coaching, and reimbursements for books and supplies. The CalWORKs 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.

Find out about program eligibility, services we offer, how to schedule an appointment, and much more.

Empowering Parenting Students

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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 five year time limit for adults but the children can remain on aid if otherwise eligible under the Safety Net program.

The CalWORKs program is committed to providing a safe space for parenting students to feel supported, encouraged, valued, and motivated while on the path to achieving their academic and career goals.

Without a doubt, the CalWORKs program has been the key to my success. Without the support of the many different staff members as well as the financial resources, I would not have had the ability to believe my dream could become a reality. I am profoundly grateful for the program to fulfill my life-long dream and serve others.”


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/advising services 
  • Case management
  • Job placement
  • CalWORKs Work Study
  • Academic Coaching
  • Advanced Standard Ancillary Payments
  • Reimbursements for books and supplies

Eligibility and Intake Process

Learn how you can be eligible for the CalWORKs program and start our intake process today.


Explore CalWORKs services such as counseling/advising appointments, tutorial services, and more. 


Access various CalWORKs forms such as Progress Reports, Monthly Attendance Reports, and more.

Work Study

CalWORKs participants may be eligible for paid work study positions through the CalWORKs Work Study Program. 


Find helpful on- and off-campus resources here to help you succeed in school.  

Staff and Office Hours

Check out our CalWORKs staff directory, office location, and hours.  

Pregnant and Parenting Students 

Explore the Pregnant and Parenting Student Webpage to find on- and off-campus resources available to parenting students such as childcare services, financial aid options, career support, and more! 


Questions? Contact Us

CalWORKs Program

Office Hours
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Student Services Building, Room 227