Welcome to CalWORKs Believe  

CalWORKs Team


CalWORKs Believe Counseling Department Online/Remote Services

To support social distancing and to prevent potential exposure to COVID-19, the CalWORKs Office is offering appointments and support services by phone or video/chat utilizing the Zoom platform.  We will continue to provide remote services out of an abundance of caution. The CalWORKs Team is here to help you be successful in your personal, professional, and educational goals.  

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Who We Are:

The CalWORKs Believe Program offers support services to students who receive TANF/CalWORKs benefits. Specialized services have been designed to support students in their career, education and personal goals.

Mission Statement:

To guide and empower individuals through advocacy, academic and personal counseling to achieve higher education leading to the attainment of a successful career and economic independence.

Shared Values:

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Equity
  • Innovation

Interested in making extra money? Join the CalWORKs Work-study program.

Benefits of work-study are:

  • Income you earn doesn't affect cash-aid
  • Hours worked count towards your welfare-to-work plan
  • Experience gained builds on your resume and skills
  • Meet new people and expand your networking opportunities
  • Great way to increase your references 

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Click here to complete a CalWORKs Work-study interest form

Additional Information:

CalWORKs Eligibility

Join us for weekly ZOOM Q&A sessions

Student Success Tips

County Forms

Welfare-To-Work Case Information       

Supportive Services

  • Academic, career and personal counseling
  • CalWORKs Work study (campus employment that will not affect your cash aid)
  • Early class enrollment
  • Student success workshops
  • Campus Resources and Referral
  • Scholarship Assistance
  • ITP and Book Request
  • CalWORKs Break Activities
  • School supplies your first term at the college (backpack, notebook paper, flash-drive, etc.)

Student Learning Outcomes

  • The "Believe" CalWORKs program will provide comprehensive educational plans through counseling academic advising sessions with faculty to Believe Participants in addition to Individual Training Plan documentation for county aid.
  • "Believe" CalWORKs students will be provided work study and job placement opportunities to support efforts towards self-sufficiency.
  • Through the efforts of the "Believe" CalWORKs program, students will have access to employment skills training with campus and community partners. 

CalWORKs Believe Team

San Diego City College CalWORKs team is here to support you. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to us. 

Mariam Mena mmena@sdccd.edu, Program Coordinator / Counselor

Ali Gonzalez agonzalez004@sdccd.edu, Counselor

Fabiola Beck-Threats fbeck@sdccd.edu, Counselor

Mercedes Tiggs mtiggs@sdccd.edu, Counselor

Yanira Rodriguez yrodriguez@sdccd.edu,  Administrative Technician


Office Address and Contact

Address: San Diego City College CalWORKs Believe Program
1313 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101 Room A-354

Contact Phone: (619) 388-3797

Contact Email: cwkfd@sdccd.edu



Office Hours:

  • Monday 8:00a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday 8:00a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m.
  • Thursday 8:00a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Friday 8:00a.m.-3:00 p.m.