Welcome to CalWORKs

Program overview

CalWORKs is designed to provide comprehensive and coordinated student services to individuals who receive cash assistance from the Employment and Human Services Department and are enrolled at Diablo Valley College.

The CalWORKs program strives to empower each participant in attaining personal and academic growth, meaningful employment, and long-term economic stability. The program is designed to help CalWORKs students complete the academic and career training they need to successfully move from welfare-to-work and to become economically self-sufficient. The program provides coordinated services for child-care, work-study, job development and job placement assistance, and personal and professional development. The CalWORKs Office works with students to make sure they are meeting welfare-to-work requirements established by the County Department of Social Services and ensure they access all available resources to optimize academic success.

The CalWORKs program staff members are committed to creating an environment which promotes:

  • Student success
  • Education and training leading to family self-sufficiency
  • Student empowerment and advocacy
  • Lifelong learning
  • A spirit of truth, mutual understanding and respect
  • Development of the whole person
  • Development and achievement of individual goals

Priority registration

How to maintain priority registration as a CalWORKs student

Beginning Fall 2014, in order for students, including CalWORKs students, to receive a Priority Registration date, the following must be completed:

1. Complete the Online Orientation
2. Take the Math and English assessments
3. Start an Education Plan

To schedule an appointment in person:

Visit the CalWORKs Office located on the first floor of the Student Services Center, Suite 127. Check-in at “Station One” in the front lobby with your student ID, state or federally issued photo identification and ask to speak to a CalWORKs staff member.

To schedule an appointment by phone:

Call the CalWORKs office at 925-969-2120 or 925-969-2128 and schedule an appointment to meet with the CalWORKs coordinator.

We look forward to seeing you in the CalWORKs office to begin a career path that will lead to self-sufficiency and financial independence.

Contact CalWORKS

925-969-2120 (Program Assistant)
925-969-2128 (Program Coordinator) 
Fax: 925-691-1817 
Email: mridgway@dvc.edu (Program Assistant)
mperata@dvc.edu (Program Coordinator) 
Office location: SSC 127, first floor Pleasant Hill campus map

Office hours

Summer 2024
Available in person and remote
Dates Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
May 20 - August 16 9 am - 5 pm 9 am - 5 pm 9 am - 5 pm 9 am - 5 pm Closed

Closed District holidays 5/27, 6/19, 7/4