We are back to providing in-person services and invite you to stop by Student Service Building (SSB), Room 330.

For immediate assistance, please Live Chat with us using Cranium Cafe. You will be prompted to create a free ConexED account. Online services work best on Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browsers. A CalWORKs employee will get back to you shortly during normal working hours. If you are unable to reach us via live chat, please email us at and we will get back to you within 2 (two) business days.

Welcome to CalWORKs / GAIN

About CalWORKs at West

CalWORKs alumna speaks at Commencement 

CalWORKs/GAIN (California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids/Greater Avenues to Independence) is a government (both state and federal) funded program that offers temporary financial assistance, vocational and job skills training, as well as other support services.

Our office serves as a liaison between the college and the Los Angeles Department of Public Services. Eligible CalWORKs participants are referred to our office for the completion of referral forms, academic advisement, educational plan, training verification, progress reports, and assistance with monthly attendance reports.

Our goal is to assist program participants in transitioning from welfare to long term self-sufficiency and gainful employment through coordinated student services.

If you are attending West Los Angeles College and 18 years or older and you are currently receiving cash aid (CalWORKs/TANF), you many qualify for CalWORKS/GAIN.

Available support services include:

  • Book/Supply Vouchers
  • Academic Advisement
  • Training and Employment Verification
  • Work Study (On-campus)
  • Progress Reports
  • Monthly Attendance Reports
  • Tutoring
  • Workshops
  • Child Care
  • Coordination of services for persons with learning disabilities

CalWORKs Steps

Learn how to be part of our CalWORKs Program.

CalWORKs Intake Flowchart (pdf)

CalWORKs Resources

How do I Qualify for CalWORKs?
You must be receiving Cash Aid from LA DPSS CalWORKs/GAIN.

Information about LA DPSS CalWORKs/GAIN and CalFresh:
CalWorks Benefits

Study Policy:

1 Hour of for Credit Class Time = 3 Hours of Study Time.
Non-Credit courses are credited actual class time.

CalWORKs Online

Office Hours and Location

Live Chat
Mondays to Fridays: 9:00PM - 5:00PM
Saturdays & Sundays: Closed
CalWORKs Online Counseling
CalWORKs Front Desk Agent

In Person
Mondays to Thursdays: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Fridays: 9:00AM - 1:00PM
Saturdays & Sundays: Closed

Please observe MASK RULES on campus
and use the ONLINE CHECK-IN before entering campus.


Phone: (310) 287-4261

Click on the name for the LIVE CHAT Cranium Cafe Card.

Andrea Edwards
Phone: (310) 287-4582

Brian Jenkins
Phone: (310) 287-4515

Esther Gelsi