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California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids


The Valley College CalWORKs program has worked with many grants and scholarships that have assisted students in reaching their goals.  Here are just a few....



CalWORKs Scholarship (LAVC Foundation)


The CalWORKs Scholarship is established for students who are currently enrolled at LAVC and is eligible for the CalWORKs program.  Students are encouraged to apply for this scholarship in the Foundation office.  Scholarship applications are available at the Foundation Office (Room 100 Admin Bldg.) Generally, scholarships are made available in mid January with deadlines for submission falling generally in mid March. If you have questions about scholarships and their guidelines, please call (818) 947-2700.


Verizon Literacy Champion and Sean Astin Scholarships

The National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) provides the Verizon Literacy Champion Program, which was established in 1998. The Verizon Literacy Program has raised millions of dollars for literacy programs across the country. It is a comprehensive national campaign of philanthropy, customer outreach, employee participation, and corporate partner collaboration. It is designed to reach nearly 92 million Americans who have serious problems with literacy.


NCFL is honored to have the commitment of Sean and Christine Astin as Verizon Literacy Champions. They are assisting NCFL in advocating for family literacy issues across the country.


CalWORKs’ Ellie Rabani (left) The Verizon Foundation has commited a $30,000 grant to establish the Sean and Christine Astin Literacy Champion Scholarships, which will go to adult learners to attend Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC). Sean and Kristine are alumnus of the college. They announced the scholarship awards at a reception at LAVC on October 22, 2004. Sean and Christine’s roles as NCFL’s Literacy Champion is to help promote the importance of family literacy 

services for families in need, as well as encourage businesses and the public to support NCFL through volunteerism and/or donations.


Christine and Sean Astin“I play many roles - parent, actor, advocate for literacy – but my most important role is reading to my child," reports Sean. "This is why I am the National Center for Family Literacy’s Verizon Literacy Champion. My role is to encourage parents to create good reading habits in their home - model how to

enjoy good books, read with their children and

make reading a fun activity.“

CalWORKs Staff

Ellie Rabani, Director

Alicen Vera, SFP Technician

Kristine Aslanyan, Counselor

Liliana Fanelli, Counselor 

Margie Thomas, Specialized Testing  

Paz Neri, Case Manager

Anna Gevorgian, CGCA

Additional Staff