The Career Center is located on campus in Room 12 and is managed by Ms Jennifer Putnam, Career Technician. The Center works closely with the Counseling department to assist students chart a course for their post high school education and/or career. This includes Community College selection, application, financial aid, and assistance with the process.

HOURS:  10:00AM – 1:45PM  Monday – Thursday


  • Career testing and College information
  • Using Naviance you can login with your School Email as your login by clicking here
  • Financial aid and scholarship information both local and national
  • Help with filling out the FAFSA – How to Fill out the FAFSA
  • Internet access to help students in researching a career, college or program
  • Career & College Fair (next one in 2020)
  • Visits from college representatives and military recruiters – ASVAB Test will be given in Spring 2020 – Students from both High Schools are welcome
  • Guidance with applying to colleges (there are 115 Community Colleges in California!)
  • Help prepare & apply for jobs and work placement


Ms Jennifer Putnam
Career Technician / Cross Country Asst Coach
(209) 257-7757


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Local Scholarship Program 2020
The Kickoff Meeting was on Wednesday December 4th, 2019.   Thanks to everyone who attended.  If you didn’t, please drop by my office if you’re still interested

The Local Scholarship Program for 2020 is starting and you will be encouraged to consider applying with your classmates. You will complete the following items:

  • Application (Data Pages) – in Word or as a PDF
  • Type & Print your own one page Essay
  • 2 letters of recommendation (using Brag Sheet in Word or PDF)
  • Get an official copy of your Transcript (from Counseling department after January 14, 2020)
  • National Scholarship Links


Extra items could include:  Another Essay, Cover letter, be going into a specific major, live in Ione, be planning on going into Public Safety, or going to a community college, etc..

The list will be available on MONDAY December 16th.  You may apply to all the Scholarships that apply to you.  Meet with me to go through the list.

Your Email that you give to me should be checked every day for the messages.

You will have a deadline to give me the material then I send it in to the Sponsor and a committee from Argonaut, or the Sponsor will choose the recipient(s).  I will inform each recipient in May.

Why a Scholarship?  Even if you receive federal aid for college tuition & fees, the cost of college includes books, course materials, Travel to and from school, etc..

College Research Resources
  • Local Community Colleges
  • Campus Visit Checklist – What to do when you visit a College Campus.
  • How Many HOURS Should I Work While Attending College
  • Amador College Connect provides assistance and mentoring for online classes.  It is now located at the address: 1 Prosperity Court, Sutter Creek, CA 95685 which is located next to the Italian picnic grounds near the intersection of Rt 49 and Ridge Road. Call the center at the number (209) 217-8239 or visit the Amador College Connect website for more information.  There are Scholarships for specific programs and their mentors provide help with courses.
Financial Aid info & Important LInks

Students must complete a FAFSA online form to receive state and/or federal financial aid for the upcoming academic year such as Grants or State-supported Loans.  The first FAFSA registration period in California begins on October 1st and ends March 2nd.  It is recommended to apply early.  There is an additional period later in the year with less amounts of funding.

TAX Information for Students

How to save for College using a 529 (Kiplinger Finances)

Career Development Videos & Services from Colleges

Career Services and Information at UC BerkeleyClick here

Career Services and Information at Smith CollegeClick here

Career Development Videos from Yale University Click here

Career Development Resources from University of MassachusettsClick here


More Career Resources

Mother Lode Job Training – includes information about job training in our area.

NCAA website – For information about student athlete eligibility requirements.

Volunteer Hours - Community Service Hours - Work Opportunities

Students at Argonaut are required to complete a minimum of 20 hours during their time in high school here. The counseling department has a form for this purpose.

Block Letter Form – use this to get signatures for your Volunteer/Community service hours

COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS: This coming month, the Childrens Holiday Festival is being held 5:30-8:00pm on December 6, 2019 Friday at 975 Broadway, Jackson and FIRST 5 is looking for Volunteers. Contact Erika at 257-1092

Looking for VOLUNTEERS: Check with Amador County Recreational Agency (ACRA) by calling (209) 223-6349 or email at

COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS:  Oak Manor is always looking for students interested in completing their Community Service hours by working with their Residents using Art, Painting, Music/Instrumental, Reading to, and even Gardening.  Please contact Lety at 223-3273 or see Ms. Putnam with questions in room 12.
Students can register to VOTE
If you are 16, or 17, you have the right to pre-register or even register to vote if you are 18 years of age.  Check the website from the State of California for more information: or check Amador County resources at the website: . Find your voice!
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