(Photo above: Claire Crosetti, Merritt’s CalWORKs counselor/coordinator, helps new students at Orientation while their children keep busy coloring.)
MerrittWORKs is the local name for the county’s CalWORKs program.
Merritt College works in collaboration with neighboring county social services departments for the purpose of helping families with dependent children to transition from receiving public assistance to becoming self-sufficient in the work force. The MerrittWorks department strives to encourage a positive environment where students who are part of the county’s CalWORKs program can seek support.
The MerrittWORKS program provides case management services to students who are enrolled in classes and currently receiving aid for dependent children on an ongoing basis as they pursue their academic goals. Clients are to have a minimum two appointments per semester with the academic counselor to ensure proper progress towards their county approved educational program.
Services are coordinated with the local county employment counselors and MerrittWORKS staff to ensure completion of both county and college forms. Communication with the county employees is established to make sure that students have the proper ancillary funds as eligible from the county so that students may obtain books, supplies, transportation, and childcare in order to succeed in college. In addition, the Staff Assistant and work study students provide student support and peer advising on an as-needed, drop-in basis.
To receive additional information or to schedule an appointment, please call MerrittWORKS at (510) 436-2651 or (510) 436-2469.