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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. 

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(818) 947-2976.

LA County DPSS News Release, 3/31/20

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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. Email your completed request to
  •  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.                                                                 Email your completed request to              For tips on how to convert your documents to PDF format using your cell phone, click on the icon below:                                                   








  • 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. Fall 2020 workshops will be conducted via Zoom. Email to RSVP for any of the workshops.

  • Apply for CalWORKs Work-study. CalWORKs Work Study program is designed for CalWORKs students to gain knowledge of work experience and training while taking courses. Income earned through CalWORKs work-study does not count against cash aid  benefits. Positions assigned can be on or off campus. Annual application period is during July - Aug. 

    You must adhere to the following criteria in order to apply:

    * Actively receiving cash aid for yourself, spouse (if applicable), and child(ren).

    * Be in good standing with DPSS CalWORKs/GAIN Program, completed DPSS Vocational Assessment, and have an open Vocational Education/SIP/JST component.

    * Completed at least one academic semester at LAVC and have a GPA minimum of 2.5 or higher.

    * Have a Student Educational Plan (developed with Academic Counselor) on file with CalWORKs.

    * Enrolled in at least 6 qualifying units of classes towards you Student Educational Plan (SEP) each semester.

    * Successful completion of English 101.

    * Students enrolled in REM/ESL components are not eligible for CalWORKs Work-Study at this time.

            * Have strong computer skills. Most positions are virtual. 

            * Have strong communication and organizational skills.                                         

  • Complete your FAFSA application early! 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.

  • Get tutoring assistance! 

             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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