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Join the CalWORKs program today and have all of your required             books, fees, and supplies paid for!

Services Eligibility
  • Priority registration 
  • Work study opportunities
  • Academic counseling
  • Advocacy
  • Student workshops                              
  • And more...                                                                                                                              
  • Cash aid recipient for yourself and at least one child
  • Participant of GAIN
  • Enrolled in credit or non-credit courses at Compton College 



What is CalWORKs?

CalWORKs is the community portion of the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids Act, which is a welfare reform program established by Assembly Bill (AB) 1542. The program at Compton College operates as a partnership with the County of Los Angeles, local business and government agencies. Assistance is provided to eligible students so they can obtain their educational degrees and certificates while gaining work experience that leads to sustainable employment.


What We Offer

CalWORKs funds are for the purpose of assisting parents and their children who are receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) and those in transition from welfare to achieve long-term self-sufficiency through coordinated student services.

On campus, these services are offered through the CalWORKs Program which helps eligible students earn degrees and certificates while gaining work experience that leads to employment.

Additional student support services include:

  • Career counseling: Assessment is available to help each student choose a career that fits personal interests and abilities.
  • Academic advisement and assistance: Educational plans are required and are developed for students on an individual basis. The plans are designed to guide the student through each semester of the training program. Tutorial and remedial support is available as needed on campus.
  • Work Activity Referral: The CalWORKs Work Study Program assists participants in complying with their weekly GAIN mandated time requirement and leads to proper preparation for their career. 



In addition to scheduled class hours, students should include in their weekly schedule the time necessary to study and prepare for classes. Each student is expected to spend two hours per week in study and preparation for each class hour for lecture courses. 


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:00AM - 4:30PM 8:00AM - 4:30PM 8:00AM - 6:30PM 8:00AM - 4:30PM 8:00AM - 12:00PM

Office Will Be Closed As Listed Below:

Fall 2019 Winter 2020 Spring 2020
Labor Day Holiday
Monday, September 2, 2019
Veterans Day Holiday
Monday, November 11, 2019
Thanksgiving Day Holiday
Thursday-Sunday, November 28-December 1, 2019
Christmas & New Year's Holiday
Tuesday-Wednesday. December 24, 2019- January 1, 2020
Martin Luther King Holiday
Monday, January 20, 2020
Lincoln's Day & Washington's Holiday
Friday-Monday,  February 14-17, 2020
Local Holiday
Friday, April 17, 2020
Memorial Day Holiday
Monday, May 25, 2020


Chat with a counselor and Student Services Advisor ONLINE 

You can meet with a Counselor and Student Services Advisor now via chat. If the Counselor's and Student Services Advisors light is green, "Online," you can click on "Knock on Door." The following are reasons to chat online:
  • Ask quick academic counseling questions- student educational plans are not a part of online chat
  • Discuss general information about a certification and/or an AA/AS program
  • Discuss general information about transfer admission requirements (i.e. CSU, UC, and/or private universities admission requirements)
  • Referrals to other programs and services
 *We are available for online chat on the following days and times:
Citlali Gonzales 
Guided Pathways Counselor
Libbyer Martinez
CalWORKs Student Services Advisor 
Monday - 8:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Tuesday - 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday 4:30-6:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m
Thursday - 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Friday  - 8:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
 Video chat with CalWORKs on Cranium Cafe            Video chat on Cranium Cafe with Libbyer Martinez


CalWORKs Staff:

Contact (310) 900-1600
CalWORKs Main Line & Front Desk  2072
Dr. Michelle M. Garcia, Director of CalWORKs/TANF/GAIN mgarcia22@compton.edu
Citlali Gonzales, Guided Pathways Counselor cgonzales@compton.edu
Aura Weber, Program Specialist aweber@compton.edu
Libbyer Martinez, Student Services Advisor lmartinez@compton.edu
Ernest Argel, Program Technician elargel@compton.edu
Latanya Nevens, Lead Program Ambassador lnevens@compton.edu


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