Raising the Bar: Medical Assistant Grad Finds Confidence, Passion—and a Job
Published on March 25, 2013 by Peter Tomala
“Just knowing that I gave back to my community has made me a better person,” says recent Broadview University graduate Kimi Dekle, who earned her degree in medical assisting. Three years ago though, you wouldn’t have found Kimi having the same tone.
She was unemployed with no education and looking for a job. Needing a new direction, Kimi enrolled in the medical assistant program at Broadview University’s Layton, Utah, campus. In her classes, she found more than an education; Kimi found a passion.
Broadview’s service-learning component steered this single mother into being a community champion. “At first I wasn’t that excited about service, but now I am,” Kimi said. “I didn’t know how to do community service, but if you just get involved, you will see progress.”
Kimi currently works with AmeriCorps, a national organization that promotes civic engagement through service and volunteering (think Peace Corps, but local). Within AmeriCorps, Kimi helps with the Read Today program, which strives to bring children up to their reading benchmarks. Working primarily with 1st and 2nd graders, Kimi visits children that need extra help in the Davis School District.
“I wanted to help kids with reading,” Kimi said. “I wanted to do a service project while helping the community.”
It was this same passion to help that brought Kimi to the medical field. “I’ve always taken care of sick people and been there to help,” she said. “So I think that’s just what I need to do. I guess that’s my calling in life.”
The people around Kimi have confirmed her work as well. Kimi recently received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for logging more than 250 service hours this year.
On top of it all, Kimi was hired–three weeks before she graduated–as a medical assistant by the practice where she completed her externship.
Kimi has been raising the bar for everyone around her, including herself. “I have so much more confidence now and the joy of being a success,” she said. “I think for my daughter, I’m a bigger role model now.”