Military Veteran Turned Medical Assistant Student Has High Hopes for His Future

Posted by on February 18, 2014

Timothy Chelf says his biggest accomplishment so far is finishing his first quarter in the medical assistant program at the Minnesota School of Business–Lakeville campus. This was no small feat for the 32-year-old military veteran.

Medical assistant program student, Timothy Chelf

After studying criminal justice while stationed in Germany about a decade ago, Timothy returned to school this past fall. He decided to enroll in the medical assistant program at Minnesota School of Business after hearing good things about the school and the growing medical field. Timothy says what he likes most about Minnesota School of Business is the generosity of the staff and instructors.

“Everyone at Lakeville has been nothing but nice. They have been so patient and understanding with me, and they have made the process of going back to school very easy,” says Timothy.

When he and his girlfriend, who is also in the MA program at MSB, fell on hard times, Timothy says the staff at the Lakeville campus went above and beyond for them by collecting food and gas money donations to help get them back on their feet.

Timothy is especially grateful for the support of Admissions Representative Shelley Felicilda and Medical Assistant Program Chair Michelle Galloway, both whom were instrumental in organizing the donation drive and getting him back on track.

“I would not have any hopes of completing my classes or reaching my career goals if not for them,” Timothy says.

Those career goals include getting his medical assistant degree followed by his Emergency Medical Technician certificate, and then working for the Department of Defense. He hopes to one day work in a military post hospital or clinic in Europe, where he can be near his 4-year-old son, Wyatt.


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