California Work Opportunities and Responsibility to Kids

CalWORKs Mission Statement

"To empower individuals seeking quality career and technical training with supportive services towards self-sufficiency, lifelong learning and career advancement opportunites."

Southwestern College CalWORKs staff and faculty excitedly welcomes you! The CalWORKs Program at Southwestern College provides assistance to TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) participants. At Southwestern College, the CalWORKs program is referred to as H.O.P.E. (Hope and Opportunity for Parents Education).


  • Assistance in obtaining County supportive services through case workers. (funds for textbooks, transportations, and child care services)
  • Enrollment Priority- Level 1
  • Education supplies (when funding permits)
  • Personal, Academic and Career Counseling
  • Employment Services
  • On-campus (Chula Vista) child carethrough SWC Child Development Center
  • Informative Welfare-to-Work approved workshops
  • Access to on-site Public Consulting Group (PCG) case worker/Advocacy


  • Must be a Southwestern College student and be enrolled in classes
  • Participant must be receiving CalWORKs cash aid
  • Participant must have an open CalWORKs case
  • A referral is required from a case manager

Virtual Chat

We are here to support each of our student’s needs. Chat live on Cranium Café by finding an online staff member below. To learn more, visit the Virtual Welcome Center. Our student service specialists have their hours of availability listed on their profile cards. If a team member's hours are not reflective of their availability, they are likely supporting another student. We give each of our students the individual attention and time they deserve. Thank you for your patience.

Video chat with CalWORKS Front Desk on Cranium Cafe