"CalWORKs and my worker have been wonderful to me. CalWORKs has taught me to be a good student, having little to no absences, always punctual, prepared to learn and to be accountable for my actions. Paying of our books is fantastic, but it is not the only thing CalWORKs has done for me. CalWORKs has been a great support system for me. My worker has aided and encouraged me from the first day I stepped into the office.
"Yes, there were trials and tribulations. I welcome the challenges now, rather than run from them. It may take a little longer than anticipated, but I intend to graduate from Merced College with a Business degree and, with honors. Yes, with honors! My current grade point average is 3.88. I am on the right path and a happier person for it. I feel as if I am taken more seriously by my family and friends. With my new found respect and pride in myself, I push on."
Debbie ~ Major: Business, 1 child
Class of 2015
“The community college program CalWORKs helped me by providing supportive services such as books, parking pass, health fees and mileage reimbursement. That economically released a huge weight off my shoulders. Without the CalWORKs program or the wonderful help I received from the staff I don’t think I would have been able to get this far.”
Anna ~ Major Criminal Justice, 1 child
"One of my biggest challenges was I had to over come over thinking my homework assignments. My successs is graduating and reenrolling to futher my education. CalWORKs helped me by providing supportive services such as books, transportation and child care. Removing those financial barriers so that I can succedd in my education. Therefor by alleviating financial barries that would have prevented my educational success."
Kayleigh ~ Major: Administrative Office Professional, 1 child
"The CalWORKs program has helped me tremendously with school with everything from gas to get from home to school and back as well as my books for class. They have helped me with child care and have also helped me with finding a work study job. Without the CalWORKs program or the CalWORKs staff I don't believe that I would have made it through college on my own."
Veronica ~ Major: University Studies, 1 child, class of 2015
"The Merced College CalWORKs program helped me reach my goals by supporting me with daycare, financial help and most importantly always encouraging me when I went into the office."
Sabrina~ Class of 2009, Major: Liberal Studies
"Sometime I think if it wasn't for CalWORKs, DSS and EOPS/CARE, I would have quit school, when I kept flunking out of Math. But everyone one believed in me until I finally had to believe in myself. That's what this program has done for me."
Nadine ~Class of 2007, Major: Human Services