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CalWORKs 2012-13 Joint Application Instructions

California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) Joint Application Instructions.

2012–13 CalWORKs County Joint Application Instructions

For Adult Schools and Regional Occupational Centers and Programs

General Information

The California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) funding for adult schools and regional occupational centers and programs (ROCPs) should be used to provide education and training to achieve the following objectives:

  1. Prepare CalWORKs eligible clients for entry-level employment.
  2. Assist employed clients receiving subsidies or supportive services to advance toward higher employment and self-sufficiency.
  3. Direct CalWORKs eligible clients into short-term education and training programs leading to employment.

The California Department of Education (CDE) determines and allocates CalWORKs funds to each county based on the percentage of the county’s CalWORKs clients to the total state client population.

Annually, each county prepares a CalWORKs County Joint Application consistent with each county’s most current Instructional and Job Training Plan (no earlier than 1997–98). The application must identify the amount of CalWORKs funds to be distributed to each participating adult school and ROCP within the county and should not exceed the total amount of funds designated by the CDE for the county. The County Superintendent and County Director of Social Services must sign the application.

The CDE will review all applications for approval and distribution of CalWORKs funds in the following priority order:

  1. Adult schools and ROCPs identified in the application will be paid CalWORKs funds as authorized through the application process.
  2. Unclaimed CalWORKs funds will be redistributed throughout the state proportionately by number of clients.
Before completing the 2012–13 CalWORKs County Joint Application:
  1. Designate a CalWORKs county coordinator
    Each county should designate a CalWORKs county coordinator for this program. The coordinator's responsibilities are: (1) coordinate communications about the application requirements and activities within the county; and (2) complete and submit the application to the CDE.

    Indicate the name of the county coordinator and contact information on the cover page of the application.
  2. Schedule a countywide planning meeting
    The CalWORKs county coordinator and the director of social services, along with representatives from the county office of education, each adult school, and each ROCP should meet prior to completing the application to: (1) review the educational and job training needs of CalWORKs clients within the county; (2) review the county’s Instructional and Job Training Plan; and (3) evaluate the funding of current programs offered by adult schools and ROCPs.
  3. Determine adult school and ROCP allocations
    Review the enclosed CalWORKs County Allocation Chart for the amount allocated to your county. The total funds needed within a county cannot exceed the county's designated allocation amount.

    Note: Counties may allocate funds only to adult schools and ROCPs providing educational services to CalWORKs clients. No other agencies may apply.

Mail completed application to the CDE address listed below. The application must be received by Friday, October 19, 2012.

Mail application to:

Mindi Yates, Education Programs Consultant
Career Technical Education Leadership and Instructional Support Office
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 4202
Sacramento, CA 95814-5901

Applications will not be accepted via fax or e-mail.

If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact Mindi Yates, Education Programs Consultant, Career Technical Education Leadership and Instructional Support Office, by phone at 916- 319-0458 or by e-mail at

Questions: Mindi Yates | | 916-319-0458 
Last Reviewed: Monday, July 7, 2014

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