My name is Freddy Gregg, and I am the Director of Placement and Training at Diesel Driving Academy in Little Rock, Arkansas. Basically, I’m responsible for the training that the students get, as well as placing the students in jobs for successful careers in the driving industry.
I can tell you the best response that I’ve ever gotten that sets us apart from the other schools comes from the carriers themselves when we have placed our graduates, and I hear repeatedly from them that our graduates are better trained and better prepared for the industry than the students that graduated from the other schools in the Little Rock area.
Well, what sets our program apart is the fact that number one, the length of the program. There are no other schools in the area that offer the length of program that we do, but it’s not just the quantity, it’s the quality. All of the instructors that we have are certified by the state of Arkansas, and they all have a minimum of 7 ½ years in the industry. Most of them have upwards of 20 years in the industry. They know what they’re talking about when they train the students, and they genuinely care about the success of the students that we get.
It’s a great time to get into the trucking industry. The industry right now is very, very healthy. Even though the economy is showing slight signs of recovery, the transportation industry is generally one of the first industries that shows the impact of economic recovery which the industry is doing great right now.
Companies come visit us quite frequently. We have recruiters in from different carriers on a regular basis, sometimes up to two or three a week that will come in and speak to the students. They’ll let them know all the advantages and opportunities that are available with their particular companies. We definitely have plenty of opportunities out there for the students to talk to recruiters from different companies, compare the different companies, and find out where they want to go once they graduate!
I’ve heard that there are as many as 200,000 drivers that are going to be needed within the upcoming year with the different companies, so there are definitely opportunities out there for the successful graduate from this school!