CalWORKs Work Study


The CalWORKs Work Study program provides employment-related services to CalWORKs participants to help them find employment, stay employed, and move on to higher paying jobs, thereby leading to self-sufficiency and independence.

Gain Work Experience 

CalWORKs participants may be eligible for on or off-campus paid work study positions through the CalWORKs Work Study Program. This is an excellent opportunity for students to gain valuable, hands-on experience often related to their field of study while also participating in an education training program. 

How to Apply

Students who are interested in participating in the CalWORKs Work Study Program are encouraged to complete a Student Interest Form.

Work Study Information

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Participant must be enrolled at El Camino College in a minimum of:
    • Six units for fall and spring semesters
    • Three units for winter and summer sessions
  • Be admitted into the El Camino College CalWORKs program with any of the following referral forms on file:
    • GN 6006 (VOC) 
    • GN 6390 (Attending Multiple Schools) 
  • Provide documentation of current TANF benefits in order to complete the CalWORKs Work Study Contract
  • Have a minimum 2.0 grade point average (GPA)
  • Be in good academic standing at El Camino College
  • Provide current Verification of Benefits (VOB) 

The Verification of Benefits form is required prior to placement at the beginning of each primary term.

All students are required to attend a CalWORKs Work Study Orientation. The orientation gives an overview of the program, purpose, goals, student requirements, student rights, responsibilities, work ethics, campus resources and the hiring process. Enhancement skills workshops are presented to increase student employability and as a guide for success in the workplace.


  • Students are able to meet their required GAIN-approved activities while they complete their course of study.
  • Work study income is exempt from calculation of the CalWORKs cash aid, and the hours worked in a work study job count toward the required hours per week.
  • Work study hours (20 hours maximum) can be counted as “core” hours for a student’s Welfare-to-Work plan.
  • Assistance with building students’ resumes and professional development for employability is our goal.
  • The Work Study Program services for the ECC CalWORKs students are being met by individual student advisement, seeking new on- and off-campus employers, providing informational training sessions to enhance student employment preparation (e.g., resume building, interview techniques). 
  • In addition, students receive  training resources, instructions in utilizing social media for employment (e.g., LinkedIn, Constant Contact, Facebook) and guidelines in learning how to use their transferable soft skills.
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  • GAIN Overview: The GAIN program provides employment-related services to CalWORKs participants to help them to find a job, keep their job, and move on to higher paying jobs, thereby leading to self-sufficiency and independence.
  • CalWORKs Job Skills & Career Development Support: Make an appointment with an advisor to work on cover letter & resume writing, interview skills, or job application assistance. 


Forms (Employers Only)

Work Study Off-Campus Employer Form

Submit any openings or vacancies to our CalWORKs office.

Work Study Employer Timesheet Submission Form

Submit monthly timesheets on behalf of CalWORKs Work Study students employed by your organization.

Questions? Contact Us

Karin Baluyot
Student Services Advisor
Student Services Building, Room 227