ARC CalWORKs Office
When you are accepted into the CalWORKs program, you will receive support services that can help you achieve your educational goals. We will advocate for you by openly communicating with your county workers. We offer a safe space for you in our office, and we recognize and understand the socio-economic and diversity of our student population.
Explore ARC - CalWORKs
Dean: Kolleen Ostgaard
Admin. Asst.: Ana Lukawski
Supervisor: Breanne Holland
Phone: (916) 484-8059
Fax: (916) 484-8573
Fall and Spring Semesters
Monday, Thursday and Friday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Tuesday and Wednesday: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Monday through Friday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Welcome and Support Center Building
Tanyaluck Chotshirapan is a strong and passionate woman who aspires to be a physical therapy assistant. In 1999, she came to the United States from Thailand at the urging of her siblings to embark on a quest for independence. Despite loving her parents dearly, she was treated as weak because she had been sickly as a child. She realized that if she were ever to be free to make her own decisions, she would have to leave home.
In America, Tanya had a daughter and for a time, suffered from an abusive marriage. Fortunately, after a two-month stay in a domestic violence shelter, she found the courage to leave without turning back.
After leaving her situation, Tanya found the CalWORKs program. Even though she had a business degree from her country, she could not use the degree in America. So, she had to start all over at the age of 40 which would have been unheard of in Thailand.
Since coming to ARC, she has worked on campus, helped other students, and continues to gain skills for the workforce. She looks forward to becoming a physical therapy assistant, which will, in turn, help her support her daughter's dream of attending Stanford University one day.
Tanya will be taking classes in the physical therapy assistant program to feed her nurturing spirit and to achieve her dreams. Tanya is far from the weak woman her parents once perceived her to be. Tanya is absolutely masterful at creating her own happiness. Today, she states without hesitation, "I believe in myself, and I will make it!"