Skip to main content

CalWORKs Program

CalWORKs Logo

Antelope Valley College CalWORKs program model is designed to effectively focus on student goal development of refinement and achievement through job preparation training and education that will contribute to continuous work force improvement and also to become self-sufficient wage earners that will assist in the full elimination of welfare patterns of dependency.


The mission of the CalWORKS program is to assist the students in their educational and personal goals.  CalWORKs students are provided education and job preparation training to enhance their marketable skills that are necessary to make a smooth transition from welfare dependency to long-term self-sufficiency.

CalWORKs Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the CalWORKs program?

    CalWORKs (California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids) is the state's welfare program for families with children. CalWORKs replaced the former AFDC program in January 1998.

  • What can the CalWORKs program do for a student at Antelope Valley College?

    The CalWORKs program is available to help students meet their Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) and GAIN requirements quickly and efficiently by providing the following support services:

    • Vocational and educational training programs
    • Work study assignments-paid jobs that don't affect cash assistance
    • Communication between DPSS and GAIN about training and student contracts
    • Helpful information on welfare reform and government requirements
  • How can I find out if I qualify for CalWORKs?

    If you are a low income California resident with at least one child under the age of 19, you should go to your local DPSS office and fill out an application.

Last updated: September 29, 2015