Fifty one Oakhurst Community College Center and Madera Community College Center students were recognized May 3 at the CalWORKs (California Work Opportunities and Responsibility to Kids) Dean's Recognition Award Ceremony for achieving a grade point average of 3.0 and above. Madera County Office of Education Superintendent Dr. Cecilia Massetti was the keynote speaker. Student speakers included Crystal Valdez, Luis Melagoza, and Mikaelle Trayer. Gloria De La Cruz-Pulido, CalWORKs counselor/coordinator served as mistress of ceremonies.
The CalWORKs program is designed to help recipients get through college in a short amount of time, with special services that make it easy. To be eligible, students must receive cash aid from a county welfare department, have children, and be enrolled in college. Assistance services include financial aid, child care assistance, transportation funding, job training programs, career, academic and personal counseling, work study, textbooks, and job placement.