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 help with the process.  HOURS:  10:00AM – 1:45PM  Monday – Thursday.

(Due to COVID19, students and their families may contact Ms Putnam via Email:


  • 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
  • Financial Aid planning for Juniors: JUNIOR High School Student Checklist
  • Financial Aid planning for Seniors: SENIOR High School Student Checklist
  • 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  and the ASVAB Test
  • Guidance with applying to colleges (there are 115 Community Colleges in California!)
  • Help prepare & apply for jobs and work placement
  • SAT and ACT Testing 2019-2020 @ Argonaut campus – Check their websites to see whether the next test will be given.  At this time it looks as if the next SAT will be in June 2020. Check with your counselor and the colleges that you applied to and see how the application process may have changed or gone online.


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


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Local Scholarship Program & How to offer a Local Scholarship
Applications were accepted in February. Anyone receiving an award or Scholarship will receive a letter from Ms Putnam. At this time Scholarships are still going to be awarded and we are waiting to see if there will be an Award Night in May.  Check with Ms Putnam by email if you have a question.

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

*** If you would like to offer a Local Scholarship to Students at Argonaut High School, please contact Ms Putnam at (209) 257-7700 or email .  All the details and the process will be explained.  Our students are from all over Amador County and may fit your criteria requirements. Just ask.

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.
  •        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.
  •        Phone (209) 217-8239 
  •        Website Amador College Connect website for more information
  •        There are Scholarships for specific programs and their mentors provide help with courses.
  •        Read this information on what happens next in March 2020 and Summer 2020
4 Year University Resources

Information from the CollegeBoard as of March 30, 2020:

We know that students are anxious about how the coronavirus crisis will affect the college application process, including taking the SAT. We’re committed to being flexible and innovative to give all students opportunities to test as soon as the situation allows. We’ll share more details as soon as possible, but today we can tell you the following:

Currently, the next SAT is scheduled for the first weekend of June. We’ll make a decision about whether we can safely hold that administration as soon as it is feasible, given the evolving public health situation.

We’ll add U.S. and international test administrations in response to canceled administrations. We’ll be flexible in making the SAT available in school and out of school as soon as the public health situation allows. We’re looking at a range of creative solutions to address increased demand and are in direct conversations with states and districts about School Day administrations. Throughout, we’ll continue to place a special focus on students with fee waivers and those with accommodations.

Students can stay sharp and get personalized practice support online for free with Khan Academy.

If, unfortunately, schools cannot reopen this fall, we’re pursuing innovative means to ensure all students can still take the SAT this fall. We’ll provide updates about those plans if they become necessary.

Counselors are working especially hard to help students navigate the changing environment, and we’re deeply grateful for their commitment to students. To support their work, we’re introducing a spring counselor webinar series highlighting updates and resources for the SAT and AP to help counselors navigate and guide students through the college admissions pathway. We’ll also help with the increasing need for tools and resources for college affordability.

We’re working closely with our members in higher education to minimize the disruption of SAT administration cancellations this spring and to encourage flexibility in the college admissions process whenever possible. We’re heartened by those institutions that have already made clear, calming statements that emphasize flexibility in admissions at this time—encouraging students to submit as much information as they can, and reassuring applicants that they will not be disadvantaged should they have to submit Pass/Fail grades for the spring, have incomplete extracurricular profiles, or miss a testing deadline.

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

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 early
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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