The philosophy of the CalWORKs Program is regardless of their socio-economic status or personal circumstances, a CalWORKs student is entitled to same quality of education and “college experience” as any other general population student.  

  1. CalWORKs maintains confidentiality ensuring students are not identified or unfairly singled out in any way based on their CalWORKs status and provides students with a friendly and comfortable office environment to visit.  

  2. The Program is based on the belief that higher education and training is the true path to realize family self-sufficiency and supports student-led families in achieving their academic, personal, and career goals.

  3. The CalWORKs Program supports the Orange Coast College mission by encouraging personal development, individual and parental responsibility, as well as workforce preparation through attainment of a career or technical certificate and/or transfer to a four-year university.  

  4. Repeatedly, CalWORKs student alumni comment on how the support of the campus Program played an integral part transforming their lives and ability to be self-sufficient and provide economic security for their families.  


  • Academic/Career Advisement
  • Subsidized Workstudy
  • Emergency Transportation Assistance
  • Personal Counseling
  • Childcare Grants
  • Job Placement
  • Advocacy
  • Community Referrals

**Eligible student-parents may qualify for additional services.