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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 three 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 2021 Winter 2022 Spring 2022
Labor Day Holiday
Monday, September 6, 2021
Veterans Day Holiday
Thursday, November 11, 2021
Thanksgiving Day Holiday
November 25-November 26, 2021
Christmas & New Year's Holiday
December 24, 2021- January 3, 2022
Martin Luther King Holiday
Monday, January 17, 2022
Lincoln's Holiday
Friday, February 11, 2022 
Washington's Holiday
Monday,  February 21, 2022
Local Holiday
Friday, April 15, 2022
Memorial Day Holiday
Monday, May 30, 2022


CalWORKs Staff:

Contact (310) 900-1600  Email 
CalWORKs Main Line & Front Desk Ext.  2072 calworks@compton.edu
Dr. Michelle M. Garcia, Director of CalWORKs/TANF/GAIN (562) 600-0409 mgarcia22@compton.edu
Citlali Gonzales, Guided Pathways Counselor (424) 242-8747 cgonzales@compton.edu
Elizabeth Martinez, Adjunct Counselor  (657) 204-5758 emartinez12@compton.edu
Vacant, Program Specialist    
Juanita Pais-Martin, Student Services Advisor (424) 276-0417  jpaismartin@compton.edu
Ernest Argel, Program Technician (657) 204-5758  elargel@compton.edu
Vanessa Prieto, Lead Program Ambassador (562) 656-3361  lnevens@compton.edu
Lorena Castellano, Program Ambassador (323) 612-8124 dcastellanos1@compton.edu
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