Full speed ahead for the Central Corridor College (C3) Fellows Program

December 4, 2014

By Brian Mogren, Director of Health Care Partnerships, Minneapolis Community & Technical College and Saint Paul College

The Central Corridor College (C3) Fellows program assists students who live in Minneapolis or St. Paul and are enrolled in healthcare programs at Minneapolis Community & Technical College and Saint Paul College, in obtaining entry-level employment or volunteer positions along the Green Line. The goal is for students to gain meaningful, real-world experience while enrolled at MCTC or SPC.
The C3 Fellows program began in May 2013 and today has more than 320 students enrolled in the program and 70 students working or volunteering. Some of the students focus primarily on their coursework or have other obligations that do not allow them to work. In other cases, there isn't a position available that fits their schedule. Once a student is accepted as a C3 Fellow, we prepare him or her with skills identification and professional development. To assist students in getting a leg up on the competition, the C3 Fellows program offers additional trainings and workshops. These trainings include resume assistance, customer service trainings, and first aid/CPR trainings. We also tour partner facilities to give students an understanding of how a hospital or long-term care facility operates and how they can apply at each institution.  Last month, we toured Regions Hospital and will be touring Hennepin County Medical Center in December.  Through the program, we ensure that our students are prepared when a position becomes available or as they get closer to graduation.
The exposure that the C3 Fellows receive to the healthcare industry is invaluable as they start their career in the field.  They are able to network with employers and fellow classmates to make lasting connections. 

"It is so rewarding to meet with students and help them enhance their resumes and stand out in the application and interview process,” says Kristy Lausted, a Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare representative. “It is great to see students continue their education and enter a field they are passionate about."
To learn more about the C3 Fellows program, please visit www.c3fellows.org.

Students complete Basic Life Support training at MCTC as part of the C3 Fellows program.