Giving of Himself – Literally

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“I think it’s an amazing school. When I sat down for boards, I felt more than adequately prepared. If you put the work in, your success is almost guaranteed.”


Kontessa Brown
Dental Assisting Graduate
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“I decided to go to school because I was tired of working dead-end jobs. … When I found out I was pregnant, I realized that I needed a better life for me, for my child, for my husband, and just to better myself.”


Trenisha Jones
Dental Assistant Graduate

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San Antonio alum's commitment to service gets physical with kidney donation

"Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile." ~ Albert Einstein

If that saying is true, David Campos's life has already been a good one for the many ways he has served.

The 2019 graduate of our San Antonio Surgical Technology program portrayed his commitment to service of his country by joining the United States Marine Corps. He finished his service in the military in 2012.

After retiring from the Marines and feeling like he had "lost his sense of purpose for a while," Campos found another way to invest by launching his pursuit of a career in health care. He completed our Surgical Technology program in March of this year.

"David was dedicated to his college work from day one," said Concorde Surgical Technology instructor, Carolyn Brzoznowski. "He was an overachiever in many senses and lit up the room with his enthusiasm for learning."

Campos has carried that enthusiasm forward into his career, now investing in others' well-being as an obstetrics tech at a Texas hospital. Not only is he dedicated to his regular role, he picks up shifts in the main OR on his days off!

"It's the best of both worlds," he said, "because I absolutely love assisting the doctors with C-sections, but I still get to do a big exploratory laparotomy case every now and then."

But Campos's biggest investment in another person came from within-literally. After seeing a television news story about a young San Antonio father who was in desperate need of a kidney transplant, Campos didn't Hesitate.

"I felt compelled to help," he said.

Within two hours of seeing the story, Campos had contacted a man whom he didn't even know and offered his own organ.

"I must have read the story at least five, six times over and over again," he said. "My wife got home and I asked her about it, and she said, 'If that's what you feel like is your calling, then go ahead and do it.'"

The transplant surgery was performed in October of last year while David was still in school. He still managed to keep up with his studies and finish the program successfully!

"I was shocked but incredibly proud of David's act of kindness," said Brzoznowski. "He gave the gift of life - and I hope his story can inspire others to do more unselfish acts of kindness."

Since the surgery, Campos has remained close friends with the kidney recipient and his family. Campos continues to be heavily involved in his own three children's lives, his community, and his church.

"I believe you have to have a heart full of passion, and that is why I decided to pursue the health care field - to help others," Campos said. "You can literally be someone else's superhero by doing the smallest things to help in big Ways."

We couldn't even be more proud of our alumnus and can't wait to see all the ways he continues to invest his selflessness and compassion in others!