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. CCAPS students in the following programs are eligible to be mentees (current CCAPS students cannot be mentors).
- Construction & Facilities Management
- Health & Wellbeing Sciences
- Health Services Management
- Information Technology Infrastructure
- Inter-College Program
- Multidisciplinary Studies
- 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
To allow for maximum flexibility, the 2021–2022 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.
What Will Students Gain?
This 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
To be eligible, students must be:
- enrolled in both fall 2021 and spring 2022.
- in good academic standing.
- able to attend one of the mandatory student orientation sessions.
Students must also meet the following program requirements (if you are not sure you meet the requirements, please still 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||Currently registered for or completed ADDS 5121|
|Master of Professional Studies in Applied Science Leadership||20 credits|
|Master of Professional Studies in Arts and Cultural Leadership||20 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||Currently registered for or completed IBH 61621|
NOTE: We 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.
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.
Becoming a Mentor
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 expectations include:
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 Program 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.
NOTE: Application coming soon.
Program Structure and Timeline (2021–22)
All events are virtual unless otherwise noted.
|August 2–September 17||Mentor Application Open|
|September 7–September 17||Mentee/Student Application Open|
|September 20 – 9 a.m. CDT or
September 22 – 5 p.m. CDT or September 24 – noon CDT
|Required: Mentee/Student Only Orientation (1 hour) & Review Mentee/Student Handbook|
|September 27–October 3||Mentees/Students browse Mentor profiles and select favorites|
|October 15||Mentees/Students and mentors will receive their match information through the platform via email|
October 18 – 5 p.m. CDT or
|Required: Mentor Only Orientation (1 hour) & Review Mentor Handbook|
|November 1||By this date, Mentee/Student reaches out to Mentor to schedule first meeting and review CCAPS Mentorship Agreement & Goals|
|November 5 – 8–10 a.m. CDT||Optional time/space for CCAPS Mentor Program participants to meet in person, on campus|
|November 19||REQUIRED: By this date, each Mentee/Student submits the CCAPS Mentorship Agreement & Goals to CCAPS Mentor Program Staff|
|Spring 2022 TBD||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|