The CCAPS Mentor Program connects CCAPS alumni and other industry professionals with CCAPS mentees/students who share similar areas of professional and educational interests and goals. CCAPS students in the programs listed below are eligible to be mentees however, current CCAPS students are not eligible to be mentors.

To allow for maximum flexibility, the 2022–23 CCAPS Mentor Program will be a hybrid program of in-person and virtual options. No in-person meetings are expected or required, and all orientations will be offered virtually.

During the application process, you will be able to indicate your preference for meeting in person, hybrid or virtual only (as well as if you are based in/outside of the Twin Cities). We will do our best to match you with your preferences, but all are expected to conduct virtual meetings if in person cannot take place.

Participating Programs

Undergraduate programs

  • Construction & Facilities Management
  • Health & Wellbeing Sciences
  • Health Services Management
  • Information Technology Infrastructure
  • Inter-College Program
  • Multidisciplinary Studies

Graduate programs

  • Master of Biological Sciences
  • Master of Professional Studies in Addictions Counseling
  • Master of Professional Studies in Applied Science Leadership
  • Master of Professional Studies in Arts and Cultural Leadership
  • Master of Professional Studies in Civic Engagement
  • Master of Professional Studies in Horticulture
  • Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health

What Do Students Gain?

The CCAPS Mentor program allows students to:

  • Explore current industry issues and potential career paths
  • Learn how to build or expand your professional network
  • Enhance professional and communication skills
  • Connect knowledge learned in the classroom with future career goals
  • Explore new areas of interest
  • Gain insight on transitioning to the workplace or a new career path

Mentee/Student Eligibility

To be eligible, students must be:

  • enrolled in both fall 2022 and spring 2023 semesters.
  • in good academic standing.
  • able to attend one of the mandatory student orientation sessions.

Students must also meet the program requirements that appear below. (if you are not sure you meet the requirements, please apply by the deadline and we will verify your status. Or, reach out to your academic advisor).

Undergraduate Degree Programs Program Requirements
Construction & Facilities Management 30 credits
Health & Wellbeing Sciences Major status or currently enrolled in ICP 3101W
Health Services Management 30 credits
Information Technology Infrastructure Major status
Inter-College Program Major status or currently enrolled in ICP 3101W
Multidisciplinary Studies Major status or currently enrolled in MDS 3001W
Graduate Degree Programs Program Requirements
Master of Biological Sciences 20 credits
Master of Professional Studies in Addictions Counseling 15 credits
Master of Professional Studies in Applied Science Leadership 20 credits
Master of Professional Studies in Arts and Cultural Leadership 15 credits
Master of Professional Studies in Civic Engagement 20 credits
Master of Professional Studies in Horticulture 20 credits
Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health 40 credits

Note: CCAPS cannot guarantee a mentee/student or mentor for every applicant. The clarity of goals and answers to the application, availability of a suitable match, providing information in the required timeline, and student attendance in the orientation are required to be considered for a CCAPS Mentor match.

Mentee/Student Expectations

To participate in the program students must:

  • initiate regular contact with your mentor via phone, email and/or meetings (virtual).
  • be proactive and willing to meet your mentor at least once a month, and see the relationship through to its official end (October–April).
  • discuss your goals, needs, and what you hope to gain from the relationship with your mentor.
  • participate in self-reflection, self-development and receive feedback.
  • act professional at all times, and return phone calls/emails in a timely fashion.
  • understand that the mentor program is NOT a job placement program.
  • notify the mentor program staff if circumstances require you to stop participating in the mentorship program or if there is a concern with the mentoring relationship.

Read the Mentor Program Handbook for more information.

Note: Application coming soon.

Mentor Expectations

The mentor’s role is to help CCAPS student(s) get the most out of their college experience and to help them transition to graduate/professional school or the workplace. Mentors do not need to live in the Twin Cities area to participate. Mentor expectations include:

  • commit to being accessible and engaged in mentoring one student during the entirety of the program (October–April).
  • help students establish realistic and attainable goals and identify ways to achieve them.
  • provide guidance and support by sharing personal and professional experiences.
  • offer constructive suggestions and feedback.
  • determine how your expertise can help your student in meeting their career goals.
  • ask good questions that help students explore their own values and needs, or make informed decisions.
  • contact mentor program staff if there is a concern with the mentoring relationship.
  • see the Mentor Program Handbook for additional information.

There is no expectation that internships or employment will result from this experience.

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Structure and Timeline (2022–23)

All events are virtual unless otherwise noted.

Date(s) Event
August 1–September 16 Mentor Application Open
September 6–16 Mentee/Student Application Open
September 19 – 9 a.m. CDT or
September 21 – 5 p.m. CDT or September 23 – noon CDT
Required: Mentee/Student Only Orientation (1 hour) & Review Mentee/Student Handbook
September 26–October 1 Mentees/Students browse Mentor profiles and select favorites
October 14 Mentees/Students and mentors will receive their match information through the platform via email

October 17 – 5:00 p.m. CDT or
October 18 – 8:00 a.m. CDT or
October 20 – noon CDT

Required: Mentor-Only Orientation (1 hour) & Review Mentor Handbook
November 1, 7:30–9 a.m. CCAPS Mentor Program Kickoff (in person). All that are able to attend* in person are encouraged to use this as an opportunity to meet and connect with their mentor pair. An activity will be planned to help pairs establish goals. A virtual option will also be offered.
* If pairs are not able to attend, schedule a separate first meeting by this date.
November 10, noon CDT Mentor Meet-Up: Supporting Students' Mental Health with guest speaker from Student Counseling Services
November 18 Required: By this date, each Mentee/Student submits the CCAPS Mentorship Agreement & Goals to CCAPS Mentor Program Staff
January 26, noon Mentor Meet-Up: Promoting DEIB through Mentorship with guest speaker from OED
March 9, 7:30 a.m. Mentor Meet-Up: Wrapping Up the Mentoring Relationship with mentor panel
April 13 U of M Mentor Appreciation Event
 
April 30 CCAPS Mentor Program officially closes
May 1 All Mentors and Mentees/Students will be required to complete an evaluation at the end of the program

Contact Information

  ccapsmentor@umn.edu
 612-625-5276