The CCC Connection
CalWORKs students must be in county-approved programs of study, and many may be found at Contra Costa College (see Approved Programs). An "approved" course of study is one that labor market statistics indicate will yield immediate entry-level employment. These approvals vary by county; for example, Alameda County approves cosmetology as a major, while Contra Costa County does not.
In the CalWORKs Office, staff work to assist students with matriculation and other college-related endeavors, while providing liaison with county social workers and others involved in the students' success. Social workers are provided office space within the Student Services Center to hold weekly "office hours," during which they meet students. CalWORKs students also have first priority to enroll their children who meet the age and other requirements in the Early Learning Center for Montessori School and/or daycare. Additionally, there is a dedicated CalWORKs counselor on staff to assist students with educational plans and provide other counseling, as needed.