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In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-10, the Reedley College campus remains mostly closed, however, services are still available through the CalWORKs Program by email, Zoom, and phone from Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 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, Eve Castellanos at 559.637.2504.



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:

  • Academic & Career Counseling & Advising
  • Assistance with applying to the college & completing the Financial Aid application
  • Assistance with purchasing required textbooks & supplies
  • Assistance with getting funds for Childcare & Transportation (there are also options for public transportation to the RC campus from Kingsburg, Selma, Fowler, Parlier, Sanger, & Dinuba).
  • Job Placement
  • Laptop Lending Program
  • LifeSkills Courses in topics including: Life Strategies for Success, Financial Literacy (Practical Money Skills for Life), & Healthy Parenting/Family Relationships
  • Personal & Professional Development Workshops
  • Priority Registration  
  • Referrals to on/off campus Support Services
  • Work Study (earn while you learn through paid on-campus jobs!)

How do I get started?

Give us a call at 559.637.2504 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

The Reedley College CalWORKs Program is now using Starfish for all counseling appointments. If you’re having difficulty navigating Starfish, please call 559.637.2504 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 Gloria De La Cruz-Pulido Blanca Rivera
Office Specialist Julie Davidson

 

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.



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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.

To this purpose Reedley College will commit to the following activities:

  • Create safe spaces for students, faculty and staff to discuss concerns and propose change
  • Schedule regular town hall meetings to facilitate discussion of equity-related topics
  • Move the Reedley College Equity Plan to action during 2020-2021.
  • Participate in the USC / California Community College Alliance for Equity – Dr. Shaun Harper, Executive Director, will facilitate monthly small group project-based learning activities designed to generate actions to address structural racism and inequities within our campus community.  Over 60 California Community Colleges have joined this alliance for change.
  • Facilitate broad campus participation in the USC Center for Urban Education seminar series on racial equity in spring 2021.