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The Santa Barbara County Department of Social Services provides protective and supportive
services aimed at keeping individuals and families in our community safe, supported
and self-sufficient. Visit the County of Santa Barbara Social Services webpage for more information.
What is CalWORKs?
The CalWORKs Program is a partnership between Allan Hancock College and the Department
of Social Services to serve Welfare to Work recipients who are currently receiving
CalWORKs cash aid assistance. The college’s CalWORKs program offers an array of supportive
services designed to assist students in obtaining the educational level they require
to transition off of cash assistance and ultimately achieve long-term self-sufficiency.
The Allan Hancock College CalWORKs Work-Study Program provides CalWORKs students with
on-campus work opportunities in order to develop and/or strengthen workplace skills
while completing their educational goals. With the help of our campus employers, students
may gain skills which will allow them to enter the workforce with the confidence that
is needed to achieve career satisfaction and economic self-sufficiency. Work-Study
is a time-limited program and allows students to earn money that will not be deducted
from their monthly cash aid.
To be eligible for the Work-Study Program, a student must:
- Be enrolled in AHC and be in good standing with the college
- Be receiving the adult portion of cash aid and provide proof of cash aid from the
- Be participating in the County’s Welfare-to-Work Program
- Be enrolled in a minimum of 6 units in the Fall or Spring semester for credit classes
(6 hours for non-credit)
- Be enrolled in a minimum of (1) units if being considered for in the Summer semester
- Have a minimum (2.0) G.P.A. in the semester that the student is being considered for
To remain eligible for the Work-Study Program, a student must:
- Submit proof of cash aid for each new semester
- Maintain the minimum (6) units/hours each Spring and Fall semester and 1 units each
- Maintain a 2.0 G.P.A. for each semester
- Meet with a CalWORKs Counselor, Coordinator or Specialist each semester
- Maintain contact with Work-Study Coordinator as needed
Students interested in Work-Study should contact the CalWORKs Coordinator, Specialist
or Peer Advisor at AHC (805-922-6966 x3214) or their Caseworker at the County office.
Student Services Building A, Second Floor Room A201
Lompoc Valley Center
Bldg 2, Room 113 (next to EOPS office)
Monday- Thursday, 8 am to 4:30 pm
Friday, 8 am to 4 pm
Monday- Friday, 8 am to 4 pm or by appointment.
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