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Join the CalWORKs program today and have all of your required books, fees, and supplies paid for!

Services Eligibility
  • Priority registration                              
  • Work study opportunities
  • Academic counseling
  • Advocacy
  • Student workshops
  • County document assistance
  • And more...                                                               
  • Cash aid recipient for yourself and at least one child
  • Participant of GAIN 
  • Enrolled in credit or non-credit courses at Compton College

What is CalWORKs?

CalWORKs is the community portion of the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids Act, which is a welfare reform program established by Assembly Bill (AB) 1542. The program at Compton College operates as a partnership with the County of Los Angeles, local business and government agencies. Assistance is provided to eligible students so they can obtain their educational degrees and certificates while gaining work experience that leads to sustainable employment.

What We Offer

CalWORKs funds are for the purpose of assisting parents and their children who are receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) and those in transition from welfare to achieve long-term self-sufficiency through coordinated student services.

On campus, these services are offered through the CalWORKs Program which helps eligible students earn degrees and certificates while gaining work experience that leads to employment.

Additional student support services include:

  • Career counseling: Assessment is available to help each student choose a career that fits personal interests and abilities.
  • Academic advisement and assistance: Educational plans are required and are developed for students on an individual basis. The plans are designed to guide the student through each semester of the training program. Tutorial and remedial support is available as needed on campus.
  • Work Activity Referral: The CalWORKs Work Study Program assists participants in complying with their weekly GAIN mandated time requirement and leads to proper preparation for their career.

In addition to scheduled class hours, students should include in their weekly schedule the time necessary to study and prepare for classes. Each student is expected to spend three hours per week in study and preparation for each class hour for lecture courses. 


Fall/ Winter/ Spring
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:00AM - 4:30PM 8:00AM - 4:30PM 8:00AM - 6:30PM 8:00AM - 4:30PM 8:00AM - 12:00PM


Vocational Technology Building (VT), 1st Floor, Room 153

Office Will Be Closed As Listed Below:

Fall 2022 Winter 2023 Spring 2023
Labor Day Holiday
Monday, September 5, 2022
Veterans Day Holiday
Friday, November 11, 2022
Thanksgiving Day Holiday
November 24-November 25, 2022
Christmas & New Year's Holiday
December 23, 2021- January 2, 2023
Martin Luther King Holiday
Monday, January 16, 2023
Lincoln's Holiday
Friday, February 10, 2023
Washington's Holiday
Monday, February 20, 2023
Local Holiday
Friday, April 14, 2023
Memorial Day Holiday
Monday, May 29, 2023


CalWORKs Staff:

Contact (310) 900-1600  Google Voice Number  Email 
CalWORKs Main Line & Front Desk Ext. 2072 N/A calworks@compton.edu
Dr. Michelle Garcia, Director of CalWORKs/TANF/GAIN Ext. 2069 (714) 759- 2109 mgarcia22@compton.edu
Monica Preciado, Adjunct Counselor Ext. 2072 (424) 209-8864 mpreciado1@compton.edu
Kimberly Arauz, Program Specialist Ext. 2070 (562) 373-5158  karauz@compton.edu
Juanita Pais-Martin, Student Services Advisor Ext. 2066 (424) 276-0417  jpaismartin@compton.edu
Ernest Argel, Program Technician Ext. 2067 (657) 204-5758  elargel@compton.edu
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