About CalWORKs

The College of the Desert CalWORKs program is the college portion of the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids.​


Our goal is to assist CalWORKs students achieve self-sufficiency through employment and education. If you are a recipient of the CalWORKs/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) with minor children and are attending or planning to attend College of the Desert, you may be eligible to receive support services.​


College of the Desert supportive services include an ongoing joint case management with the county GAIN program, academic counseling, priority registration, school supplies, work study, one to one tutoring, workshop and more.

Work Study

Students will also have the opportunity participate in our work study program. The Desert Community College District CalWORKs Work Study Program is state funded, by the welfare reform program designed to stimulate and promote employment of eligible students by providing work opportunities on and off campus and provide an additional source of income within the requirements of the CalWORKs program.

Join the CalWORKs Program at College of the Desert

If you are a CalWORKs/TANF recipient (receiving cash aid for yourself and a child) and you want to join CalWORKs at College of the Desert, please visit How to Join CalWORKs​ for more information.