To current CalWORKs and Fresh Success students:
We are here to assist you remotely (online or over the phone) while the campus is closed due to COVID-19. We know this is difficult and want you to know that our office is here to support you remotely (from our homes). To make an appointment with CalWORKs/Fresh Success staff please call Olga Olvera at (408) 461-8421.
CalWORKs is California's plan for families on public assistance. Gavilan College CalWORKs provides education and employment training, work study, case management and supportive services in collaboration with surrounding counties including but not limited to Santa Clara and San Benito. The goal of the program is to help eligible students increase wage earning power and become economically self-sufficient.
If you are interested in learning more about the CalWORKs program or believe you are eligible, please complete the Special Programs Interest form.
- Student parents (single or two parent) wherein both student and child are CalWORKs/TANF recipients.
- Have an approved County Welfare to Work (WTW) plan that includes education as an eligible activity.
Student Benefits to Participating in the CalWORKs Program include;
- Designated counselor familiar with WTW requirements and regulations
- Priority 1 Registration
- Book Vouchers (for all required texts)
- Transportation Assistance
- Educational Supplies
- Laptop loans
- Job Development and Placement
- Meal Cards (as funding allows)
- CalWORKs Grant (as funding allows)
- Subsidized Employment Opportunities
- Post-Aid services
- No unit minimum
- Payment towards Community Education approved courses (see CalWORKs Matrix below)
CalWORKs In-Take Form:
CalWORKs/Community Education Matrix 20-21:
We are here to support each of our student’s needs. Chat live on Cranium Café by finding an online staff member below. To learn more, visit the Virtual Appointment Information page. Our Office Assistant has her hours of availability listed on her profile card. If her hours are not reflective of her availability, we ask that you please be patient, she is likely supporting another student. We give each of our students the individual attention and time they deserve and we look forward to assisting you.
Interested in learning more about the program and services please contact us at (408) 461-8421.
Other Student Support Programs and Services
- If you are a single parent, you may qualify for additional benefits and services through the Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE).
- If you are a current or former foster youth, you may qualify for Foster Youth Services.
- If you meet certain income and education criteria, you may be eligible for Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS).
- You may also qualify for CalFresh food stamps to help put healthy and nutritious food on the table.