What is CalWORKs? #

The California Working for Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) is a welfare program offering financial assistance and services to qualifying families with children in California. San Diego Mesa College supports CalWORKs students by offering educational and career advancement, paired with top-tier support services. This aids students in achieving their educational objectives, securing meaningful work, and smoothly transitioning into the workforce.

Are You Eligible For Support Through CalWORKs? #

To be eligible, you must:

  • Currently a CalWORKs recipient receiving cash-aid for themselves and at least one child.
  • Provide current cash-aid “Notice of Action” documentation from the county.
  • Be in good standing with Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA).
  • Be enrolled or plan to be enrolled at San Diego Mesa College at least part-time in a major that leads to employment.
  • Complete a San Diego Mesa College CalWORKs Program Application
  • Working towards one or more of the following:
    • To improve work skills
    • Certificate
    • AA/AS Degree
    • Transfer to a university

Apply to CalWORKs!
View the eligibility requirements and fill out the CalWORKs application to start receiving services and support.

Access the CalWORKs Application

What are the CalWORKs Services? #

  • Academic, career, personal counseling
  • Individual Training Plan (ITP)
  • Mesa CalWORKs Program Orientation and Onboarding
  • Follow-Up
  • Advocacy as needed 
  • Drop-in counseling
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