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What is the CalWORKs Program?

Sierra College CalWorks is a community college program funded by the state Chancellor's office to assist students who are current or former TANF / CalWorks recipients. The objective of the CalWorks program is to serve as an advocate for students in meeting the new Welfare-To-Work requirements. We can provide a variety of support services to help you successfully complete your dream of a college education, while also meeting your county CalWorks requirements. We will advise you of your rights as a CalWorks student so that you can continue your education to climb the educational / career ladder to self-sufficiency.

What Programs and Services are Offered?

The Sierra College CalWorks staff will assist you in finding and using the programs and services that specifically meet your needs. Sierra College CalWorks program support services include:

  • Personal, academic, and career counseling
  • Employment opportunities through the CalWorks Work Study Program where a portion of your work-study salary is paid for through work-study funds. This income is exempt from your cash aid grant through the county.
  • Information and referrals to campus and community programs and services
  • Educational expense cards (supply, auto care and/or meal cards - IF funding permits)

What are the Student Eligibility Criteria for CalWorks?

In order for students to be eligible for CalWorks they must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a current TANFCalWorks recipient OR a former TANFCalWorksrecipient who has been off cash aid less than two years.
  • Be enrolled in Sierra College class(es) before you can receive services.
  • Be in good academic standing with 2.0 GPA or higher.

How Do I Apply?

Please contact the EOPS/ CARE/ CalWorks office at Sierra College to make an appointment with a Sierra College CalWorks Counselor.

  • Rocklin Campus, Winstead Center (916) 660-7367
  • Nevada County Campus, Building "A" (530) 274-5322
  • E-mail us:

CalWorks Work-Study

CalWorks Work-Study is a program designed to prepare eligible current TANF / CalWorks recipients/students for permanent jobs in their chosen profession. Work-Study is exempt income that does not affect your TANF / CalWorks grant

If you are interested in an ON or OFF Campus CalWorks Work-Study position:

  • Stop by the Sierra College EOPS, CARE, CalWorks office located in the Winstead Center / Rocklin Campus or the "A" building at NCC.
  • Make an appointment with a CalWorks Counselor at (916) 660-7367 (Rocklin Campus), or (530) 274-5322 (Nevada County Campus) to determine your eligibilty for CalWorks Work-Study.
  • Be enrolled in Sierra College class(es) and maintain a 2.0 GPA each semester.
  • On Campus Work-Study students will be paid up to 20 hours per week through CalWorks funds. Off Campus Work-Study students will be paid up to 20 hours or more, on a case by case basis through CalWorks funds.
  • The Sierra College CalWorks Work-Study program pays 50-75 percent of the CalWorks student's wages as an incentive for on and off campus employers to hire and train CalWorks students.

Services can not be provided to a student until the student has all required paperwork submitted to the Sierra College CalWorks Office.


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  • L 141
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677
  • Summer M-Th: 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • (916) 660-7367
  • (916) 630-4505

Lynn Davis Counselor, CalWorks

  • L 135
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Lina Fedorchuk Student Services Tech CalWorks

  • L 141
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677
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  • N1 208 B
  • 250 Sierra College Dr.
    Grass Valley, CA 95945
  • Summer M-Th: 8:30am - 5:30pm

    Closed Fridays
  • (530) 274-5306
  • (530) 274-5336

Susan Akin Parttime Instructor, Counselor, Nevada County Campus

  • N1 216
  • 250 Sierra College Dr.
    Grass Valley, CA 95945

Debbie Kenitzer Student Services Technician, Nevada County Campus

  • N1 216
  • 250 Sierra College Dr.
    Grass Valley, CA 95945

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