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COVID-19 Updates: CCAPS and the University

CCAPS Mentor Program

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The CCAPS Mentor Program connects all CCAPS alumni and other industry professionals with CCAPS mentees/students who share similar areas of professional and educational interests and goals. All CCAPS students who meet the criteria below are eligible to be mentees (current CCAPS students cannot be mentors). The undergraduate programs include Construction & Facilities Management, Health & Wellbeing Sciences, Health Services Management, Information Technology Infrastructure, Manufacturing Operations Management, Inter-College Program, and Multidisciplinary Studies.

To ensure a successful experience, matches will be made based on information provided through matching criteria data.

Please note: We cannot guarantee a mentee/student or mentor for every applicant. To be considered for a CCAPS mentor match, please submit your application—providing well-articulated goals and answers—within the required timeline. Students are also required to attend orientation to be considered for the program. See eligibility requirements.

New for 2020

Due to COVID-19 and to allow for maximum flexibility, the 2020-21 CCAPS Mentor Program will be fully virtual. No in-person meetings are expected, and all orientations will be offered virtually.

What Will Students Gain?

This program allows students to:

  • explore current industry issues and potential career paths.
  • learn how to build a 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.

Mentee/Student Eligibility

To be eligible, students must be:

  • enrolled in both fall 2020 and spring 2021. 
  • in good academic standing.
  • able to attend one of the mandatory student orientation sessions.

Students must also meet the following program requirements:

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
Manufacturing Operations Management 45 credits
Multidisciplinary Studies Major status or currently enrolled in MDS 3001W

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 Mentee Handbook for more information.

Becoming a Mentor

Professionals from a variety of fields are welcome to join us! Mentors do not need to be graduates of the University of Minnesota or the College of Continuing and Professional Studies. This is a worthwhile opportunity to share your expertise with students in all seven of our undergraduate degree programs.

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. Mentor will need to:

  • 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 Handbook for additional information.

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

Mentors do NOT need to live in the Twin Cities area to participate.

Program Structure and Timeline (2020-21)

All events are virtual unless otherwise noted.

Date(s) Event
August 3–September 18 Mentor Application Open
September 8–September 18 Mentee/Student Application Open
September 22, 12 p.m. CST OR
September 23, 4 p.m. CST OR September 24, 9 a.m. CST
Required: Mentee/Student Only Orientation (1 hour) & Review Mentee/Student Handbook
September 28–October 4 Mentees/students browse mentor profiles and select favorites
October 14 Mentees/students and mentors will receive their match information via email
October 16 Mentor Orientation 
October 19, 5 p.m. CST OR
October 21, 8 a.m. CST OR
October 23, 12 p.m. CST
Required: Mentor Only Orientation (1 hour) & Review Mentor Handbook
November 2 By this date, mentee/student reaches out to mentor to schedule first meeting and review CCAPS Mentorship Agreement & Goals
November 20 Required: By this date, each mentee/student and mentor submit the CCAPS Mentorship Agreement to CCAPS Mentor Program Staff
Spring 2021 U of M Mentor Appreciation Dinner (in-person event TBD)
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.

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