Written by Stephanie Keydel, Director of Career Services
Many medical assistant graduates from Minnesota School of Business (MSB) become medical assistants at local family practices or at hospital clinics and immediately put their technical skills, such as phlebotomy and taking vitals, to use. Recent graduate Kipp Jordan has already started utilizing his new degree; however, he is using his skills in a slightly different capacity.
Kipp met founder and CEO of Accurate Home Care, Amy Nelson (an MSB graduate herself), at an Employer Networking Event hosted by MSB in his last quarter on campus.
He and Amy immediately formed a connection, and before he graduated, Kipp had signed on to work for her. His daily duties include scheduling, completing home visits to assess client needs, customer management, and handling a variety of human resources issues.
“I like working at Accurate Home Care because of the extremely positive atmosphere,” Kipp said. He also said that his job feels like putting a giant puzzle together, so it is rewarding when he puts the pieces together in the right way.
Kipp’s career and educational trajectory is also unique; he is already continuing his education in order to become a nurse.
Kipp returned to school after many years working in other industries. He served in the Army for four years, and then obtained his bachelor’s degree in technology management in 2005. He worked in technical support for several years until his company was purchased by a large European company and shifted gears. At that time, technology was so rapidly changing that it became hard to keep up while looking for a job, as his competencies were becoming obsolete. Deciding to take a step back and switch gears himself, Kipp began working as a nursing assistant, as his mother, an LPN, had always fostered a sense of nurturing in him. Kipp explains that even though it was hard work, he found great rewards in his job.
“I was touching people’s lives,” Kipp said.
As much as he was enjoying his career switch, Kipp knew he should return to school if he wanted to make this change successful and permanent. He conferred with his veteran administration representative and decided to attend MSB-Elk River because it was close, had the program he wanted, and the staff welcomed him in a way that made the campus feel like home.
“Everyone appreciates you as a student,” Kipp said.
He said he was scared of returning to school, but that things just clicked at MSB. A number of faculty also added to his positive experience at MSB.
“Brian Trewartha kept things simple but smart. Dr. Nick Hoxmeier was brilliant with Anatomy and Physiology and helped drive us. And Katherine Weyers led by example — when life happens, tough it out,” Kipp said.
MSB-Elk River staff and faculty wish him the best of luck with his future educational and career endeavors.