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CalWORKs Work-Study Student Orientation

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Transcript of CalWORKs Work-Study Student Orientation

CalWORKs Work-Study (CWWS) Program
Fall 2012 Student Orientation Presented by: Maria Becerra Purpose of CalWORKs Work-Study Funds

Provide you with paid work opportunities that are aligned with your educational/career goal(s) which will make you more marketable when you finish your educational program at PCC. Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for the CWWS program, a student must:

Must attend a mandatory CWWS Program Student Orientation.
Meet with one of the CalWORKs Counselors to update Student Educational Plan.
Must take and pass courses on approved educational plan.
Be enrolled in Pasadena City College and be in good standing (e.g., have a minimum
2.0 cummulative GPA) with the college.
Be receiving the adult portion of cash aid and provide proof of cash aid from LA County.
Be participating in LA County GAIN Program.
Submit an updated Notice of Action or Verification of Benefits.
Be enrolled in a minimum of 6 units if being considered for Work-Study in the Fall or Spring
Be enrolled in a minimum of 3 units if being considered for Work-Study in Summer semester.
Must stay in compliance with GAIN and not be sanctioned in order to maintain my
employment with the CWWS Program. How will you get paid? So, what do you need to know? Your Time Card Responsibilities:

In order to be paid, you must record the time you worked on the "Time Stamp"Card on KRONOS.
You will time in-and-out for each day you come to work and will not be allowed to edit punches on your timecard.
If there is a discrepancy between the hours you see clocked in on your timcard or if you happen to have any problems using KRONOS, you must discuss this with your supervisor immediately.
You will be paid twice a month and will receive your checks by mail or you can request to have Direct Deposit. What to Consider Before Committing to a Work-Study Assignment

The amount of classes that you are taking.
For each hour you spend in class, you should spend 2-3 hours outside of class studying.
If you are close to dropping below the 2.0 GPA margin consider how many hours you could realisitically allocate to working.
Attending school, having a family, and having to work can be a lot to juggle and it can be stressful. Sample Student Weekly Schedule 6 Coping Strategies

1. Prioritize: Identify what needs to get done right away and what can be left for another time. Remember, there is only so much you can accomplish in 24 hours.
2. Simplify: Think about how you can make things easier for yourself and don't overcommit to things that are not really important to you.
2. Explore options: Look into community resources that can help your family (e.g., emergency and sick child care, home health visits, after-school programs, parenting workshops).
3. Share the load: Build a support network of family and friends.
4. Create daily routines: By structuring your day you can feel like you are in control of your time and be able to instill healthy habits which can reduce your level of stress.
5. Carve out some quality time for you and your family: Plan and organize fun activities. Remember, to focus on your children when you are with them and to make a mental effort to forget about the many responsibilities that you need to attend to. Apart from spending time with your loved ones, make sure to make some time for yourself (e.g., wake up earlier to enjoy your cup of tea, take an early morning walk, daily journaling, meditation).
6. Remember it's a juggling act: Finding work-life balance is a continual process and you will have to make choices that matter to you. Remember, to understand and respect each and every important aspect of your life.

Source: Real Style Scriptography and mommd connecting women and in medicine. Work-Study Expectations

Work study is a “real” job and can help you build your resume.
Always be on time for work! Notify your employer in advance if you expect changes in your work schedule. In the event of any unplanned changes in your schedule, contact your employer.
Make sure to maintain your work schedule every week.
When scheduled to work, be sure to switch your cell phones to vibrate or silent while at work.
Follow the dress code of the office.
Never use office resources for personal use.
Never use foul or offensive language while working.
Make an effort to establish positive and professional relationships with your co-workers.
A “no show” may resultin your work study termination.
Contact CalWORKs Job Developer or CalWORKs Counselor when issues arise. Workplace Attire

Conservative is safe
Look nice and presentable
Attire Don’ts:
- do not wear clothes that are too tight
- do not show midriff or cleavage
- do not wear jeans with holes
Hygiene: shower, clean, wear deodorant Upcoming Spring 2013 CWWS Requirements:

Must attend CalWORKs Work Study Job Prep Workshops. This is part of PCC’s contract with LA County. We provide the work study job and employment prep workshops so you do not have to go to GAIN’s Job Club.
Will be evaluated by supervisor. Some Interview Tips and Professional Etiquette

Create a professional email and make sure to update the CalWORKs staff about this new email address.
Make sure to correct your grammar and review any email you sent to a potential supervisor.
Review the Job Request Form and practice how to respond to interview questions.
Show intitiative! Type up your proposed weekly work schedule for the semester and have a copy read for your supervisor when you go to interview.
Research your interview location and dress professionally.
Arrive to your interview 10 minutes early this shows that you are reliable
If you have an emergency and need to change your assigned work schedule, you must call or email your supervisor in advance to get approval.
Do not ask each week for a schedule adjustment. General Etiquette from the Workplace

After mastering current responsibilities, ask for new ones (proactive vs. reactive).
Appropriately suggest improvements in your area.
Have a "can do" attitude.
Ask questions if you are not clear on how to complete a task.
Read about your department and know what services are provided.
Submit assigned projects on time.
Offer your assistance often and sincerely.
Inform your supervisor about any important information/incident that may occur while you're working. Behaviors to Avoid at Work

Personal visitors and personal phone calls: Do
not have your friends loitering in your work site.
Do not make or take phone calls while you are working.
Studying: Ask your supervisor if studying is permitted in your work area if all other duties or projects have been completed.
Computer usage: You are to use the computers only for work-related purposes.
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