Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. What does CalWORKs stand for? CalWORKs Office
  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 for Kids Act. It is a law that provides temporary cash assistance and other services to low-income families with minor children.

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

There are several Intakes and Eligibility Offices located throughout Ventura County. Call the CalWORKs office at (805) 289-6003 for the phone number of the office nearest your home.

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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).

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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.

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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, talk with the CalWORKs Counselor at Ventura College for some help and ideas. Just call (805) 289-6003 for an appointment.

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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.

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7.  How do I enroll at Ventura College?

CalWORKs students are eligible for early enrollment each semester. Either you or your Employment Specialist can call (805) 289-6003 to make an appointment for registration right at the CalWORKs office. Someone will sit down with you and answer all your questions.

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