Mission Statement

The Mission of the CalWORKs program is to assist students in pursuit of achieving long-term self-sufficiency for themselves and their families through the provision of educational and vocational opportunities combined with a wide range of supportive services that enable students to succeed in the classroom and in the work force. The CalWORKs program at Contra Costa College is partnered with the Contra Costa County Employment Human Services Department and other community agencies to achieve these objectives.

What Students Can Expect

Among the services available to CalWORKs students at Contra Costa College are:

  • Orientation/application assistance workshops
  • Short term and Semester length courses to meet WTW plans
  • Paid child care – on campus
  • Employment assistance – from job listings to resume preparation and interview practice
  • Work-study – learning to work while working to learn
  • Tutoring – the place to go for help before the going get rough
  • ESL assistance – classes and tutoring available to assist students with limited English proficiency
  • Referrals to on and off campus community partners

CalWorks Defined

CalWorks Defined

Briefly, CalWORKs is California’s answer to federal welfare reform legislation enacted in 1996. It replaced Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) and is administered by the counties. CalWORKs is a “work first” program, which means that work is the primary activity or objective. Cash assistance is paid out only to participants who are working or involved in activities that prepare them for work. The counties offer programs and services to eligible participants in addition to cash assistance, including welfare-to-work activities such as employability assessment and job search/job club.

Those in need of education and/or training to be more competitive in the job market may participate in activities toward that end. Childcare, books, supplies and other ancillary expenses commensurate with going to school are paid for students who maintain satisfactory progress. The goal of the program is entry-level employment; however, the college CalWORKs Office encourages students who achieve this primary objective to return to school to pursue their dreams.

Approved Programs

 Administration of Justice

Community Relations Specialist
Criminal Law Specialist
Investigative Specialist
Juvenile Counseling
Patrol Specialist
Police and Correctional Academy Readiness
Security Specialist
Security Guard Basic Certification
Security Guard Intermediate
Forensic Criminalist
Law Enforcement
Security Officer



Auto Collision Repair Technician
Auto Mechanics






Business Management
Accounting Technician
Administrative Assistant
Business Office Technician
General Office Assistant


Computer & Communication Technology

Fiber Optic Copper Network Structure
Computer Repair Technology
Security systems and Wireless Networks
Alternate Energy Systems
Computer Information Systems


Culinary Arts

Basic Food Service
Classic/Modern Food Preparation & Restaurant Training
Pastry & Baking Training


Early Childhood Education

Violence Invervention Counseling
Associate Teacher School Age
Associate Teacher Preschool
Family Daycare Provider
Teacher, Pre-School Assistant


Health & Human Services

Substance Abuse Care Management
Dual Diagnoses Screening


Health Sciences

Certified Nurse’s Assistant
Acute Care for the Nursing Assistant
Medical Assisting & Office Technician
Registered Nurse


Refrigeration and Appliance Repair

Household Survival Skills

It is important to note that other majors may be approved on a case-by-case basis, if the student can show that there is a job waiting for her or him upon completion of the program.

CalWorks FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

(1) What makes a student eligible to participate in the CalWORKs Program at CCC?

a) A student must be on the cash grant with their child(ren).

b) Student must have a dependent child under the age of 18

c) Students must provide valid proof of receiving cash aid EVERY semester they are enrolled at CCC to obtain: Monthly Attendance Verifications, Student Educational Plans (SEP’s), Priority Registration, Referrals to Work Study, On Campus Childcare, Assistance with Books, Counseling Appointments and all other services.

d) Student must be enrolled in an approvable program and have a Welfare to Work plan on file

e) Student must have a referral from County Welfare to Work Department

(2) I’ve been approved to go to school and want to attend CCC, now, what do I do?

If you are not already enrolled:

(1) Visit www.tornado.dev to complete your application to attend CCC;

(2) Schedule appointment to take the English and math assessment as soon as you obtain your student ID number.

(3) Bring your student ID card and verification of receiving cash aid from the County to the CalWORKs office (SSC-106). The CalWORKs Office is open Monday thru Thursday from 8 A.M. to 4 P.M., and on Fridays 8AM-1 P.M. 

(4) Complete an INTAKE PACKET for the program and schedule appointment for an orientation.

(5) Meet with CalWORKs counselor to develop your education plan (6) Register for your classes


(3) Can I be part of CalWORKs if my case is another county?

YES! Communicate with your worker about your interest in attending CCC. Obtain a referral from your worker and bring it to the CalWORKs office.


Director (EOPS/CARE & CalWORKs)
George G. Mills
(510) 215-3903

Somayeh Yazdanpanah
(510) 215-3902

CalWorks Office Assistant
Priscilla Pina (510) 215-3902

Contact us:

2600 Mission Bell Drive
Student Services Center- SSC106
San Pablo, CA 94806 Tel (510) 215-3902
Fax (510) 237-4218

Office Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 8 AM-4:30 PM
Fridays: 8 AM-1 PM