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CCAPS Mentor Program

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The CCAPS Mentor Program connects CCAPS alumni and industry professionals with CCAPS students who share similar areas of professional and educational interests and goals.

A maximum of 75 mentor pairs will be accepted for the 2019-20 academic year. To ensure a successful experience, matches will be made based on information provided through data provided during the application process for both mentor and mentee. Currently, only students in the Health Services Management (HSM) major or Inter-College Program (ICP) are eligible.

Note: Due to this being a pilot program, we cannot guarantee a mentee/student or mentor for every applicant. 

What Will Students Gain?

This program will enhance a student's ability to find meaningful work and connections. Students will be able 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


Becoming a Mentee

To be eligible, a student must be:

  • A junior or senior (completed over 60 credits) in the College of Continuing and Professional Studies Health Services Management major or Inter-College Program (in major status).
  • In good academic standing.
  • Able to attend one of the mandatory student orientation sessions.

Mentee/Student Expectations

To participate in the program students will be expected to:

  • Initiate regular contact with their mentor via phone, email, or meetings (in-person or virtual).
  • Be proactive and willing to meet their mentor at least once a month and see the relationship through to its official end (October-April).
  • Discuss their goals, needs, and what they hope to gain from the relationship.
  • 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 them to stop participating in the mentorship program or if there is a concern with the mentoring relationship.

Mentee/Student Handbook

Mentorship Agreement

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 two of our majors:

  • Health Services Management: HSM students are interested in medical/clinical management, patient accounting and billing, long-term care and managed facility administration, marketing, community relations, facility/supply chain management, as well as graduate studies.
  • Inter-College Program: A self-designed degree where students pursue careers in areas such as finance, health care, business, nonprofit, education, and many decide to go on to graduate school.

Mentor Expectations

The mentor’s role is to help CCAPS students get the most out of their college experience and to help them transition to graduate/professional school or the workplace. We expect mentors to be able 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.

Mentor Handbook

Mentorship Agreement

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 (2019-20)

Please note that some of the events request in-person attendance.

Date(s) Event
August 13–September 13 Mentor Application Open
September 3–13 Mentee/Student Application Open
September 18, 4-5 p.m. OR September 20, 10-11 a.m. REQUIRED Mentee/Student Orientation (in-person)
September 23–29 Mentees/Students review mentor candidates and select potential matches
October 14 Mentees/students and mentors will receive their match information via email
October 16, 8-9 a.m. Mentor Orientation (Recording will be made available for long-distance mentors or those who cannot attend, but your in- person attendance is greatly appreciated.)
October 29 - 7:30-9 a.m.  Mentor Program Kick-off: The in-person kick-off event will provide a space for mentees and mentors to meet and receive tools to help them navigate the program.
November 1 Mentor pairs decide the method and frequency of their communication, but are recommended to connect at least once per month.
November 1 Mentor pairs will be provided with resources to set goals for the program.
March 30 U of M Mentor Appreciation Dinner:
April 30 Mentoring Program closes
May 1 All mentors and mentees will be required to complete an evaluation at the end of the program.


Contact Information

Questions? Contact ccapsmentor@umn.edu612-625-5276.