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Supporting Student Parents in Community College CalWORKs Programs

Virtual Event
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October 27, 2020
11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
(Pacific Time)


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About the Program

All community colleges run support programs for students who receive CalWORKs, the state’s cash assistance program for poor families with children. Students do better when enrolled in these support programs, but completion rates are low. How can colleges help more CalWORKs students succeed? PPIC researchers Bonnie Brooks and Shannon McConville discuss how CalWORKs is working for students.

This research and event are supported with funding from the ECMC Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, and the Sutton Family Fund.



11:00 a.m. Welcome and Presentation
Bonnie Brooks, research associate, PPIC Higher Education Center

11:15 a.m. Key Takeaways
Bonnie Brooks, research associate, PPIC Higher Education Center
Shannon McConville, senior research associate, PPIC

11:30 a.m. Audience Q&A

11:45 a.m. Adjourn


Steven Bliss
Media Contact
Beth Elder
Event Contact


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Yes, we record most of our events and make the video available on the PPIC event page within a couple days of the event.

Do you accept walk-in registration at PPIC events?

We accept walk-ins as room capacity permits. If you have questions about a specific event, contact Kelly Holt at

How do I learn about your event series sponsors?

The James Irvine Foundation Briefing Series

The James Irvine Foundation Briefing Series is intended to inform decisionmakers and facilitate constructive discussion about the major social, economic, and political issues facing California. The series is supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation.

Speaker Series on California’s Future

The Speaker Series on California’s Future brings together thought leaders from across the political and geographic spectrum with a common goal—to think critically, constructively, and collaboratively about realistic solutions to California’s many challenges and build a better future for the state. The series features local, state, and national leaders discussing the major issues facing California—from education to climate change to the economy to governance. The series is supported by a variety of sponsors.

Sutton Family Speaker Series

The Sutton Family Speaker Series—made possible with a generous gift from Tom and Marilyn Sutton—features leaders and experts who have bold, innovative ideas that can help inspire much-needed change in California’s higher education system.

May I submit a question for the event speaker and/or panelists?

Before the event, questions may be submitted for consideration to Kelly Holt at At this time, questions submitted during the event may not be accepted.

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