It is something you will have to deal with for at least ten years. I serve as a civil service commissioner in a different county and state. If a person with a felony conviction serves there time, lives an exemplary life, and improves themself, we will permit them to obtain certain types of public employment after a period of time. I understand our approach is common. You should note that you don't say what the class C felony was. There are types of convictions that we consider incompatible with public employment regardless of the passage of time.
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We do not have a statute to expunge or seal C felonies. Two years ago the legislature passed a statute allowing individuals to seal nonviolent D felonies and misdemeanors. Your only options at this time are to seek post conviction relief (PCR) or a pardon from the governor. Depending on who's court the conviction is out of, the type of conviction and how long it has been a lawyer may be able to convince the prosecutor and judge to agree to a PCR.
We are a fire and hire at will state so an employer can use any reason to discriminate against you so long as its not constitutionally or statutorily protected (race, religion, etc.)