Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

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  1. What does CalWORKs stand for?
  2. How does someone find out if he or she qualifies for CalWORKs?
  3. Can CalWORKs help with college costs?
  4. What if I need extra money while I'm going to school?
  5. What if I want to go to college, but I don't know what I want to study?
  6. I've never been to college. I'm nervous.
  7. How do I enroll at Ventura College?

1.   What does CalWORKs stand for?

CalWORKs stands for California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids Act. A part of the Federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) program, providing an array of high-quality support services that enable students to complete their educational goals finding meaningful employment and successfully transitioning into the workforce.

 


2.    How does someone find out if he or she qualifies for CalWORKs?

There are several Intakes and Eligibility Offices located throughout Ventura County.

CalWORKs - County of Ventura


3.   Can CalWORKs help with college costs?

CalWORKs may be able to help eligible students with the cost of childcare, books, and transportation, if college attendance is part of a participant's CalWORKs Plan. The CalWORKs Plan is an employment and education plan that the CalWORKs participant works out with his/her Employment Specialist (sometimes called a case worker).

 


4.  What if I need extra money while I'm going to school?

Call the CalWORKs office at (805) 289-6003 for more information about CalWORKs work-study. This is a program to help students find a job either on campus or in the community while they are going to school.

 


5.  What if I want to go to college, but I don't know what I want to study?

Don't worry! First you might want to talk to your CalWORKs Employment Specialist about enrolling in a Career Guidance Workshop at Ventura College. This one-unit class may help you figure out your career goals. Second, see a counselor in general counseling, EOPS, EAC or Veteran's Services.

 


6.  I've never been to college. I'm nervous.

That's OK. There are a lot of people at Ventura College to help you. Free, personal counseling is available. As a Ventura College student, you will also have access to the Student Health and Psychological Services for excellent health-related services.

 


7.  How do I enroll at Ventura College?

CalWORKs students may be eligible for early enrollment each semester. Upon checking your portal and you do not have a priority registration date contact the CalWORKs office at 805-289-6003.

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