ARC - CalWORKs
Receive help with completing your educational and career goals in ARC’s CalWORKs (California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids) P rogram. We partner with other services on campus, county DHA offices, and community-based organizations to help you access the services you need.
CalWORKs is a state-funded, welfare-to-work program that helps those on public assistance become self-sufficient.
We offer many academic programs that prepare you for the competitive workforce. Visit our office to learn more about ARC’s CalWORKs Support Services
Receive short-term book loans for some of the texts you may need in your classes. As a CalWORKs student who receives cash aid from the County, you’ll have exclusive access to this lending library.
Book loans are usually available for one to two weeks. They are supplemental and not replacements for books you may need to purchase for class.
Complete the following steps to borrow a book from the Lending Library:
- Attend a CalWORKs Support Services Intake
- Meet with a CalWORKs Counselor
- Provide a current Education Plan certified by a CalWORKs Counselor
- Submit a Textbook Funding Request statement prepared by the CalWORKs Support Services Office to your Case Workers
Ask our staff if the textbook you need is in our Lending Library. Please provide a printout of your book list and syllabus (if applicable) at the CalWORKs Office.
Receive help getting employment on and off campus in the CalWORKs Work Study Program. To begin, see if you are eligible and attend the CalWORKs intake. Then, sign up for the CalWORKs Work Study orientation, where you’ll learn how Work Study can help with welfare-to-work required core and non-core hours. Work Study can also help you develop your professional skills, network in your field of interest, and explore career paths.
CalWORKs Work Study Requirements
- Attend a Work Study orientation.
- Be enrolled in a minimum of 6 units in the fall and spring semesters and 1 unit during the summer.
- Maintain a 2.0 GPA to remain eligible for Work Study employment.
- Have a current CalWORKs Education Plan and county eligibility on file in the ARC CalWORKs office.
Note: Work Study time limit is 24 months. After 24 months, your wages will no longer be subsidized by CalWORKs.
The services offered by CalWORKs include the following:
- Advocacy and support from staff who are familiar with the CalWORKs policies and requirements
- Academic and career counseling with a CalWORKs counselor
- Work Study opportunities
- Career preparation help
- Assistance coordinating with your county worker on related educational costs such as childcare, books, supplies,and transportation
- Appointments with the on-site countyrepresentative
- Referrals to student support service programs like tutoring
- Priority registration (with some exceptions)
These are just some of the services offered through CalWORKs Support Services.
To begin, you will need to attend a 90-minute CalWORKs Intake. Your intake will map out how we can contribute to your education and success at ARC. Contact us to get started.
One of CalWORKs brightest students, Yahaira Martinez, overcame many hardships on her path. When she was engaged in self-destructive behaviors, her young sons would stop her. She says her children were "my little heroes that inspired me to save my life.”
Yahaira is now doing well, especially considering the progress she has made toward a dream she has had since she was eighteen. Yahaira began to experience a miraculous transformation when she began reading psychology books, and she wanted to learn and become more. Yahaira attained her GED in six months, and afterward, she chose to attend ARC.
Yahaira decided to try for a certificate in Chemical Dependency. Most recently after attending a UC Davis Mentorship program that was co-sponsored by the American River College Pre-Med club, she aspired to become a doctor. In a step toward that goal, she recently received an interview for a highly selective and prestigious medical internship.
With Yahaira's steadfast determination and passion, more opportunities will surely come her way because she sees the bigger picture. She wants to be a force not only in her community but globally, where she can strive to help those who cannot afford better healthcare options. Yahaira hopes to show both generations of her family that they can accomplish whatever they set their minds to without limitation.