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Bakersfield College

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Welcome to CalWORKsCalWORKs Education That Works

California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Children (CalWORKS)  at Bakersfield College provides education, employment training, support services and work study opportunities to increase wage earning power and lead to self-sufficiency.  

A counselor is available to help develop an education and employment plan that addresses both short-term and long-term goals. An assessment of your needs will be made to determine what services can be met by Bakersfield College and what referrals are appropriate. 

The CalWORKs Office is located in the EOPS Office. Contact the CalWORKs Office at (661) 395-4351.

CalWORKs Services Provided

Support services include, but are not limited to work study opportunities, academic and personal counseling, as well as, a cooperative partnership with the Department of Social Services.

We Provide our Students with the Following Services:

  • Priority registration: First to register before other students on campus
  • Book Assistance: As funding permits, when not granted through the county
  • Career Development: Education/training that leads to employment
  • Bus Passes and/or Gas Card: As funding permits; must meet qualifications
  • Work Study Programs: Job referrals on and off campus
  • Comprehensive Student Educational Plan: Develop a student plan to succeed
  • University Campus Visits: Attend university campus tours

"A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles". ~ Christopher Reeve ~

Eligibility & Application

CalWORKs Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a Recipient of CalWORKs/TANF public assistance benefits 
  • Enrolled in classes at Bakersfield College
  • In compliance with Department of Human Services and have a Welfare to Work Plan
  • Attend a Mandatory CalWORKs Orientation on the BC campus
  • Be a California Resident 


To apply, email calworks@bakersfieldcollege.edu.


Bakersfield College Child Development Center

The centers are licensed through the California Department of Social Services. All teachers are professionally trained in the field of early childhood education, and are certificated through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Placement in the program is made according to state priorities and date of application. Apply online now! The program is designed for income eligible families who are enrolled in BC courses leading to a specific career/professional goal.


Community Action Partnership of Kern

Programs include Food Bank, Head Start, WIC and Friendship House. Check out all the CAPK Programs online at http://www.capk.org/

Kern County Department of Human Services/Cal Fresh Program

Students interested in applying for the CalFresh program may call (661) 631-6062 to request an application by mail. Upon completion of the application and receipt from the county, the applicant will receive an appointment by mail. An application is also available online.


Kern County Help-Line: 661 336-5200, 1-800-273-2275 or 211

Links those in need to services available in the community such as food, clothing and shelter. 211 can be dialed from ANY phone line at no charge.


Catholic Social Services

Self-Referral Process:
Catholic Social Services are available Monday - Friday from 8:00 am - 12:00 and 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm. The student must take an ID and Social Security card for every adult in the home requesting services and a Social Security card for every child. Walk-in service is available during the above listed times. Students can call or walk-in to request services.


Golden Empire Cleaners

A referral can be provided be contacting a School Counselor, Community Specialist or School Administrator where YOUR child attends school. The school representative will provide you with information on where to pick up your food and what you will need to take with you. A Gleaners Referral must be requested; otherwise, a Food Bank referral will be provided.