CalWORKS

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The Reedley College campus is open and the RC CalWORKs Program is offering services in person (by appointment), by phone, via Zoom from Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, everyone is required to wear a mask on campus.

Please complete this form if you are interested in learning more about the CalWORKs Program OR if you would like to set up an appointment with a CalWORKs Counselor, please contact the CalWORKs Coordinator,  Dr. Eve Castellanos  at  559.494.3504.

Mission of the RC CalWorks Program

We work to help families break the cycle of poverty through education by supporting CalWorks students to advance their academic goals to become gainfully employed and financially self-sufficient.



graduating student with childWe are here to help you reach your educational goals

The CalWORKs Program is designed to offer student support services to community college students who are also parents and actively receiving cash aid from the county department of social services. The Reedley College CalWORKs Program works with the Counties of Tulare and Fresno to help students achieve their educational goals so you can establish a career that will help you and your families become financially self-sufficient.

The CalWORKs Program is one of several student support service programs offered at Reedley College. All of these programs have different eligibility guidelines and offer various services that are meant to help you reach your educational goals. You can be in more than one program at the same time, if you qualify. Learn more about the different student service programs available at Reedley College.

If you attend Reedley College while receiving cash aid, you may be eligible for the following services offered through the college CalWORKs Program:

Services Available through the RC CW Program

  • Academic & career counseling/advising provided through confidential case management services
  • Assistance with registration & financial aid
  • Assistance with funds for required books & supplies
  • Assistance with childcare (on campus) & transportation costs
  • Work study (earn $$ while you learn!)
  • Lifeskills classes:
    • Coun 281: Life Strategies for Success: focuses on building self-esteem, making changes that last, and setting valuable life goals.
    • Coun 282: Practical Money Skills for Life: explores positive tools for living successfully on a limited income, by focusing on a livable financial plan.
    • Coun 283: Parenting Strategies and Family Relationships: focuses on problem solving, improving communications, and building family bonds.
  • Personal & professional development workshops
  • Referrals to on & off campus services

Am I Eligible for the Collge CALWOrks Program?

If may be eligible for the RC CalWORKs Program if you meet eligibility requirements:

  • Must be currently receiving cash aid assistance for yourself and your children through Fresno County Department of Social Services (DSS) or the Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA).
  • Must be in good standing and have an approved CalWORKs Welfare-to-Work (WTW) plan

How do I get started?

Give us a call at 559.494.3504 to join the CalWORKs program at Reedley College, or have your Job Specialist, Case Manager, or Self-Sufficiency Counselor refer you to our program!


Reedley College CalWORKS Counseling Services & Staff Contact Information

Please call 559.494.3504 to schedule an appointment over the phone. 

For more information about Starfish – please visit our Starfish For Reedley College Students Webpage

Learn how to use Starfish by joining our Starfish for Students Canvas Course 

You can also contact the CalWORKs staff directly so we can help support your success in school:

Title Name
CalWORKs Coordinator Eve Castellanos
CalWORKs Counselors Blanca Rivera
Office Specialist Julie Davidson

 

Do you need help getting food or housing while you come to college?

 Reedley College offers FREE food to students through our Tiger Pantry and Drive thru food distribution once a month. If you need to visit the food pantry or need help with other things, please visit the RC Basic Needs Page.

We can help you with child care

Finally, you can go to school and not worry about child care.  While you attend classes and educational activities, you may be able to leave your infant or toddler on campus with the Reedley College Child Development Center.  You'll get priority acceptance for enrollment. 

We can help you put extra money in your pocket through the college Work Study Program!

Our Work Study program will help you find a job on campus.  You'll gain valuable job skills, earn references, and get a paycheck in addition to your regular cash aid grant.  This is a great way to make extra money while you're on aid.  You may also be eligible for additional cash grants through financial aid.


Reedley College offers over 120+ majors offered through Guided Pathways

Here are some of the programs offered at Reedley College you can enroll in to advance the education path to your career goal:

  • Accounting
  • Automotive Technician
  • Business
  • Child Development
  • Computer Design
  • Criminology
  • Health Careers
  • Information Systems
  • Office Technology
  • Manufacturing

To explore other majors, learn more about the Reedley College Guided Pathways model.  Each Pathway has a team of people who work closely together to provide you with specialized counseling, in addition to your CalWORKs Counselor, to support for your major. If you don’t have an assigned counselor and you’re unsure of your major, you should connect with a CalWORKs Counselor to explore your options.  

You can learn more about the majors and the pathways they fall under by clicking on the links below:


Here are some of the ways that the college CalWORKS Programs applies Guided Pathways in the services we provide:

Clear Pathways to Employment and Education

Every CalWORKS student begins with a vocational assessment and a career goal which is tied directly to an education program.


Help Students Choose and Enter Their Pathway

CalWORKS Programs provide enrollment assistance, SEPs, & intensive orientation.




Help Students Stay On Their Path

Childcare, work study, textbooks, supplies, transportation, counseling and case management for all students.


Ensure Learning is Happening With Intentional Outcomes

Job Development, monthly & quarterly progress reports, and homelessness, mental health & hunger resources.



Calworks students voices - CalWORKS students speak from a diverse range of experiences. "Portraits of Success" is now "alworks students voices"

 


Equity in Education for All

equitylogo_final.pngReedley College is an open access community college and we stand for racial and student equity for everyone who our college serves, including everyone in the CalWORKs Program. The college CalWORKs Program is also committed to helping to remove racial and other barriers for the students we serve, so they can reach their educational goals to improve their own lives and well as the lives of their children and families by breaking the cycle of poverty. The CalWORKs Program also works to empower our students and encourage them to use their voices to advocate for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Dr. Jerry Buckley, the President of Reedley College, recently shared the following statement on racial equity and committed our college to several actions related to this important issue:

As witnessed by current events during June 2020, our country has reached a cross roads where we either support hate and bigotry, or evolve to a culture of equity and inclusion.  The deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks and Breonna Taylor are but recent examples that we need to value every human life, but in this time and place especially Black lives… while we also recognize that our country has united in this moment to speak out against structural racism.  That said, as representatives of Reedley College, we must actively contribute to building and maintaining a safe and secure teaching and learning environment for all students, regardless of their ethnicity, culture, religious beliefs or sexual identity.