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What is CalWORKs?

California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids is a state-funded welfare-to-work program designed to help individuals on public assistance.

We are the California Community College program serving CalWORKs students and their families by providing educational and career opportunities combined with an array of high-quality support services that enable students to complete their educational goals, find meaningful employment and successfully transition into the workforce. Through collaboration and advocacy with our college partners we prepare a segment of California’s workforce by promoting the economic self-sufficiency of CalWORKs students through attainment of a higher education.

Online Orientation

Begin Online Orientation Here


Who is Eligible for CalWORKs?

To qualify for the CalWORKs Program you must meet the requirements:

  • A person receiving cash aide for themselves and their family. (TANF formerly known as AFDC)
  • Must have completed Admissions and Assessment to Victor Valley College.


CalWORKs Supportive Services

While assisting students to achieve their educational goals CalWORKs provides supportive services. Services may include:


  • Advocacy
  • Academic, Career and Personal Counseling
  • County Ed Plans
  • Student Center and Rep Fee
  • Work  Study and Job Placement
  • Supplies (notebooks, pens pencils etc.)
  • Assistance in meeting the 20/32/35 hrs of work study to meeting the counties work participation requirements.


How to Contact CalWORKs? (760) 245-4271

Office Hours: Monday through Thursday (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

  • Located in Building 50 (Student Services II) - [ Get a Campus Map Here ]

  • Sheree Caldwell, CW/WIA Coordinator ext.2361

  • Jason Kennedy, ext. 2594

  • Tracey Downing, ext. 2592


How do I Apply? --Steps--

  1. Complete application for Admissions at Victor Valley College 
    • Victor Valley College admissions application can be completed online at at home, the Career Center (building 55) or ATC (bldg 21) at VVC.
  2. Take Assessment (all students must take Assessment)
    • Testing is available Monday – Friday 8:30 am –3:00 pm.
    • The assessment test takes about 2 hrs.
    • Students are required to bring Application Confirmation printed from the online application.
    • Students must have a current photo I.D. and know your social security number.
    • Test scores are available immediately following the completion of the test.
  3. Apply for Financial Aid (Grant money doesn’t have to be paid back)
    • Apply Financial Aid by logging in at and Financial Aid.
    • You can submit FASFA online from home or workshops Monday – Thursday 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm ATC (bldg 21).
    • You can directly apply at
    • You may be eligible for BOGG (fee waiver) as well as PELL grant (cash issued directly to you).
    • You may be eligible for Federal Work Study.
  4. Complete CalWORKs Intake
    • Submit a completed CalWORKs packet. The entire packet is available on line at
      The completed paper work should have:
    • Intake
    • VVC CalWORKs Student Agreement
    • CalWORKs Needs Assessment
    • TANF Verification form
    • Welfare to Work Contract
    • Current class schedule
  5. Meet with CalWORKs Counselor
    • The County Employment Specialist will send a referral to the CalWORKs office. The secretary will then schedule an appointment for the CalWORKs student to meet with the CalWORKs Counselor. CalWORKs students must have an educational plan done by the CalWORKs counselor in order for the county to approve their educational plan. If you have an educational plan completed by EOPS, general counseling or another college bring them with you at the time of your appointment
  6. Registration
    • You may register online at in the Career Center ( Bldg 55)or ATC Building (21) Registration dates are based on units you have completed at VVC (please check the class schedule or registration dates).



Last Updated 9/13/18