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What is CalWORKs?

The California Working for Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) is a public assistance program (welfare program) that provides cash aid and services to eligible needy California families that have a child(ren) in the home.

Mission Statement

San Diego Mesa College serves CalWORKs students and their families by providing educational and career opportunities combined with an array of high-quality support services that enable students to complete their educational goals, find meaningful employment, and successfully transition into the workforce.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Currently a CalWORKs recipient receiving cash-aid for themselves and at least one child.
  • Provide current cash-aid “Notice of Action” documentation from the county.
  • Be in good standing with Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA).
  • Be enrolled or plan to be enrolled at San Diego Mesa College at least part-time in a major that leads to employment.
  • Complete a San Diego Mesa College CalWORKs Program Application
  • Working towards one or more of the following:
    ◊ To improve work skills
    ◊ Certificate
    ◊ AA/AS Degree
    ◊ Transfer to a university

    (You don't need a high school diploma or GED to participate)
    Drop In Hours  Calworks flyer


  • Academic, career, personal counseling
  • Individual Training Plan (ITP)
  • Mesa CalWORKs Program Orientation and Onboarding
  • Follow-Up
  • Advocacy as needed 
  • Drop-in counseling

Fall 2023 Drop In Hours Flyer

How to apply

To apply to the Mesa College CalWORKs Program, please click below.

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