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CalWORKs Staff

Ellie Rabani, Director
Alicen Vera, Coordinator
Nino Shtromberg, Coordinator      Edit Kocsis, Counselor         Asya Davtyan, Coordinator

LAVC CalWORKs program has transitioned to remote services. 

Connect with us on Cranium Cafe through your student portal, email us at, or leave us a voicemail at

(818) 947-2976.

LA County DPSS News Release, 3/31/20


LAVC is are here to help you! Please feel free to call or leave a message for our college services and academic departments during our normal hours of operation. We will get back to you!


Financial Aid, DSPS/OSS/SSD, EOP&S, Admissions & Records, International Student Center and Counseling is now responding to questions using instant messaging with virtual chat on the LACCD Student Portal.

  1. To access a staff member or Academic Counselor, logon to the SIS student portal, Click on the “Online Counseling and Live Chat” tile. 

  2. Once on the portal, select the department you would like to contact from the left-hand menu. When the page opens, students will see the options available with the employee’s information on it. Check back frequently if you don’t find the person or department you need.

  3. Once the student locates the person to chat with, click on the “Knock on Door” tab. The representative will be alerted that a student is waiting, or there will be a message letting you know if the person is online or offline. Hours of operation will vary by college and department.


REMINDER!! Due to the high volume of documents and limited staff, all forms take at least 4 to 6 business days to process. Book requests may take longer to process, especially during the rush period. Submit your forms as soon as you get them from your GAIN Service Worker or CCRC.


 â–ºChecklist for students:

  • Student Educational Plan - In order for CalWORKs students to be eligible for PRIORITY REGISTRATION, all CalWORKs students must have a Student Educational Plan on file. Schedule an appointment with a Counselor to develop your educational plan!
  • Verification of Eligibility - Provide the CalWORKs office with a "Verification of Benefits" or a "Notice of Action" letter indicating your eligibility for cash aid benefits dated at least four weeks within the start date of courses. You may also print your "Verification of Benefits" by accessing LA DPSS self-service website Your Benefits NOW (YBN). To view a video tutorial of this website, click HERE.  
  • Process your Textbook Request Worksheet [PDF: 249KB] early in the semester.  This worksheet is available in our office or by Clicking HERE [PDF: 249KB].  Attach all necessary documents such as "verification of benefits", course syllabus, educational plan, etc...  Turn this worksheet to our office and allow 4-6 business days for processing.  Visit to find required textbooks for your courses.
  • Sign and indicate your student ID # on all forms. Monthly Activity Report (GN6365), Progress Report (GN6070), and Training Verification (GN6006, 6005A, STA-20).  Please allow at least 4 to 6 business days for processing.
  • Watch this short video on how to complete a Monthly Activity Report (GN6365) Click HERE
  • Attend CalWORKs WorkshopsWe are offering informative workshops for CalWORKs students. Students must attend at least two workshops within the semester to be eligible to apply for CalWORKs work-study. Spring 2020 workshops will be conducted via Zoom. Email to RSVP for any of these workshops:

  • Apply for CalWORKs Work-Study (Some restrictions apply). Complete the CalWORKs Work-Study application during the summer semester.  Check your email for work-study updates late Spring semester.                                                              
  • Don't get stuck with tuition fees! 

ALL STUDENTS ARE ADVISED TO APPLY FOR A "CALIFORNIA COLLEGE PROMISE GRANT (Formerly known as the Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver)" OR FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). 

GO TO THE FINANCIAL AID OFFICE (Student Services, 1st Floor) or visit their website at for more information.


Free online tutoring is available through NetTutor. Students can access NetTutor through Canvas or the SIS portal. For more information, visit the LAVC Academic Resource Center's NetTutor webpage.

Remote academic support tutoring services are available by the Academic Resource Center (ARC) through Canvas and Zoom beginning the week of March 30. For self-instructional resources and all updates related to tutoring, visit the LAVC Academic Resource Center's COVID-19 Support webpage


The LAVC Library is now providing online research assistance and online access to a great variety of research materials including ebooks, articles, movies, tutorials, and more. Librarians will be available via email Monday–Friday* and 24/7 via real-time chat to help students, faculty, and staff find what they need. Visit Ask a Librarian for more info.

For the latest information on Library services and resources, including access to free electronic versions of print textbooks, please visit the Library’s COVID-19 webpage

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