ARC’s CalWORKs to host self improvement workshops


Zena Essa, right, is an ESL student who receives assistance through CalWORKS, which will present a group of workshops at on April 27 and April 28 (Photo by Itzin Alpizar).

Justina Sharp

American River College’s California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) will be hosting a series of self-improvement workshops for all students on Wednesday and Thursday.

The series is split into three workshops, presented twice on each day by Barbie Paget, a life coach and nutrition specialist.

“I’m coming (with) … a holistic mindset approach, with each segment of the module focusing on mindset, being aware of our situation, and healthy living,” Paget said.

The first workshop for each segment will be “This Is Your Circus and Those Are Your Monkeys: Surviving The Juggling Act” and will focus on balancing everyday commitments. It will be presented starting at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on both days.

“This is the component that is mindset and meditation based,” Paget said.

The next workshop is “Achievement Unlocked! Now What: Navigating The Murky Waters Of Major Life Change” and will assist students in mentally dealing with the changes that are happening in their lives. It will be presented at 10 a.m and 2 p.m. each day.

“Having mindfulness in the moment helps us control our situation,” Paget said.

The third workshop in the segment “Nutrition! The Secret Key to Your Success: Healthy Budget Friendly Tips For People On The Go” will share tips on healthy eating for busy students. This is the final workshop in the module and will be presented at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

“This is something big for us. These kind of presentations, we encourage as many people as possible to come,” said Christina Del Nero, a staff member of the ARC CalWORKs office. “We even give our (CalWORKs) students incentive for going.”

CalWORKs is welfare-to-work program designed to help students become self-sufficient, according to their website.

They regularly offer workshops focusing on student assimilation and success in education, as well as offering incentives such as gas cards.

“This is my second semester working here, they are so nice, I like them,”  said Halah Halabiya, a student worker for CalWORKs.
Students who would like more information on CalWORKs or the programs they offer can visit the office in Student Services building or call 916-484-8059.