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What is CalWORKs?

The CalWORKs Program stands for “California Work Opportunities & Responsibility to Kids”. Although the federal view of welfare reform has been one of ‘work first’, the state of California recognized that many cash aid recipients would benefit by continuing with their self-initiated education programs. Therefore, during the 48-month (four year) federal time limit, a qualified student-parent may have the opportunity to proceed with education; increase skills and talents; and/or earn a certificate, Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree, which will ensure the future of self-sufficiency of their family.

The CalWORKs program provides the following services:

  • Case management
  • Intake counseling
  • Individualized academic, vocational, career and personal counseling with a CalWORKs program counselor to develop a long range student educational plan that is personalized for you educational/career goal
  • Advocacy on your behalf with your county case workers
  • Completion and processing of mandatory county paperwork on a monthly basis for participants to sustain supportive services through the county
  • Ancillary support services for assistance with the cost of textbooks
  • Assistance in resume preparation and job interviewing skills
  • Transportation – gas vouchers or bus passes
  • School supplies
  • Referrals to outside agencies
  • Information about special programs

Do I qualify?

You are receiving cash aid assistance, Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF), for yourself and at least one dependent child.

You must have approval from your Welfare-to-Work Case Worker and have a signed Welfare-to-Work Plan.

How do I apply?

  1. Apply to Coastline Community College at
  2. Submit transcripts and/or placement tests from previous college/universities attended if applicable to the Admission Office.
  3. Take the English and math placement tests. For more information and to schedule appointments go to
  4. View the online orientation accessible in MyCCC.
  5. Provide welfare/cash aid verification to the Coastline CalWORKs Office to confirm your active cash aid status.
  6. Complete the CalWORKs online orientation (accessible here).
  7. Forms/Documents

    Notice of Action (NOA) to verify your cash aid status

    Educational Plan (if you already have one)


    Social Services Agencies/CalWORKs - Orange County Social Services - Los Angeles County Social Services - Riverside County Social Services

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    Phone: (714) 241-6237

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    Coastline College Center
    11460 Warner Ave
    Fountain Valley, CA 92708
    Phone: (714) 241-6239
    Fax: (714) 241-6312
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    Financial Aid Office Hours- the Financial Aid Office is open Monday thru Thursday 8am-5pm and Friday 8am-12pm.

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    11460 Warner Ave
    Fountain Valley, CA 92708
    Monday – Thursday 8:00am – 5:00pm
    Friday 8:00am – 12:00pm
    We are currently located on the 4th floor of the College Center.

    Coastline Community College’s Career Services Center assists students in making informed and educated decisions regarding their career goals, as well as with job search and acquisition. Students can obtain labor market information such as current employment statistics, labor force, wages, and outlook. Please contact or 714-241-6311 if you have any questions.

    Contact Us

    CalWORKs Program
    11460 Warner Ave
    Fountain Valley, CA 92708
    Phone: 714-546-7600 ext. 16587

    CalWORKs Documents

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