Bakersfield (Main Office)
100 E California Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93307
(661) 631-6000
(661) 631-6200 (TTY)

CalWORKs Employment Preparation Program (EPP)

The CalWORKs Employment Preparation Program, sponsored by the Kern County Department of Human Services, provides participants the opportunity to practice job skills in a work environment. The purpose of the program is for CalWORKs participants to develop the skills necessary to obtain full-time, unsubsidized employment and achieve self-sufficiency.

Organization Benefits

  • Provide your organization with extra-help labor at no cost
  • Covers the participants' workers compensation exposure while they are working at your site
  • A simple contract and a weekly participant timesheet are the organization's only requirements
  • Your organization will be assisting CalWORKs participants to transition from public assistance to self-sufficiency

Community Benefits

  • As participants transition to self-sufficiency, the number of individuals who rely on public assistance is reduced
  • Community sites will benefit from increased staffing

CalWORKs Participant Benefits

  • Participants will learn basic job skills and have the opportunity to develop good work habits
  • Participants will learn about the importance of punctuality and teamwork in the workplace
  • Participants will meet their CalWORKs mandated work activity requirements
  • Some participants will have the opportunity to transition into paid employment positions
  • Children learn from positive role models

Please partner with us to provide CalWORKs participants the opportunity to build the skills they need in order to reach self-sufficiency.

If you are interested in this program, please contact your local Department of Human Services Staff listed below.

100 E. California Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93307
Bill Cameron, Program Specialist
PH: 661.631.6523

1816 Cecil Avenue
Delano, CA 93215
Emma Ruiz, Program Specialist
PH: 661.721.5804
FX: 661.721.5162

7050 Lake Isabella Boulevard, Ste. 130
Lake Isabella, CA 93240
Richard Ward, Program Specialist
PH: 760.549.2136
FX: 760.549.2132

8300 Segrue Rd
Lamont, CA 93241
George Frayre, Program Specialist
PH: 661.635.4026
FX: 661.635.4099

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Mojave, CA 93501
Tom Pear, Program Specialist
PH: 661.824.7533
FX: 661.824.7801

145 E Ridgecrest Blvd
Ridgecrest, CA 93555
Bob Smith, Program Specialist
PH: 760.499.5248
FX: 760.499.5299

113 Central Valley Hwy.
Shafter, CA 93263
Brenda Villanueva, Program Specialist
PH: 661.746.8410
FX: 661.746.8402

119 North 10th St
Taft, CA 93268
Marie Covello, Program Specialist
PH: 661.763.0206
FX: 661.763.0294

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