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CDL Training in Little Rock, AR

11001 I-30 | Little Rock, AR 72209


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To find one of the best Little Rock truck driving schools, look no further than Diesel Driving Academy. Our truck driving training school in Little Rock is where you can earn a quality trucking education in Arkansas’ historic, lively capital city.

At our truck driving school, you’ll learn the skills and gain the experience that can help you pursue a rewarding new career path. If you’re ready to get started at the DDA CDL school in Little Rock, Arkansas, then give us a call today!

News From Our Little Rock Campus

DDA Graduates get Hired!

Congrats to the Sept. 3 Advanced AM class in Baton Rouge who graduated Jan. 18!

DDA CDL graduates

Vincent Rogers, Edward Plow, Juanita Jackson, Frank Brooks, Michael Taylor, and Deldrick Eackels.

We would also like to congratulate the following DDA Little Rock graduates who recently started their new truck driving careers!

Terrance Williams went to work for Majic Trucking on December 21, 2012
William Eversmeyer went to work for Werner December 26, 2012
Aaron Lewis went to work for Werner on December 26, 2012
Phillip Walker went to work for Covenant on January 7, 2013
Ronald Myatt went to work for TMC on January 21, 2013
James Smith went to work for Central Arkansas Transit on January 28, 2013

Nice work, everyone!!

Little Rock Career Fair a Huge Success!

The Career Fair on Sept 21 at the DDA Little Rock campus was a huge success! A big THANK YOU to everyone that came out!

DDA Little Rock Career Fair 9/21 - visit from Schneider National recruiter

Schneider National Driver Eric Reid

DDA Little Rock Career Fair 9/21 - visit from TMC Transport recruiter

TMC Transport driver James Howell

DDA Little Rock Career Fair 9/21 - Werner Enterprises recruiter

Werner Enterprises driver James Cathey

DDA Little Rock career fair 9/31 - Stevens Transport recruiter

Stevens Transport driver Ryan Laine

 

 

DDA Featured in Arkansas Democrat Gazette article: Keep on Truckin’

This article appeared on the cover of the Classified Section of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette in Little Rock on September 23, 2012.  Both Barry Busada and Freddy Gregg were quoted in the article, which can be read in full below.
DDA Little Rock featured in Arkansas Democrat Gazette Article

Keep on Truckin’

Shortage of qualified drivers could mean higher salaries within industry

By: Linda Garner, Advertising Feature Writer

With many members of the baby boomer generation reaching retirement age, the Commercial Trucking Industry is experiencing a shortage of professionally trained truck drivers. This shortage has dramatically driven up annual salaries for qualified drivers, said Noel Perry, Managing Director for FRT Associates of Nashville, IN.

“The driver shortage has driven up salaries by 5 percent this year… to $50,000 a year now,” he said, adding that despite a national unemployment rate of more than 8 percent there is still a demand for truck drivers.

TRAINING IS CRUCIAL

“We’re training a lot of people that used to work in construction, factory and manufacturing jobs right now,” said Freddy Gregg of Diesel Driving Academy in Little Rock. “People are looking for jobs that have high wages, good benefits and are recession proof. That’s what truck driving can provide.”

Arkansas is home to six of the nations largest For Hire trucking companies – FedEx Freight in Harrison, J.B. Hun Transport in Springdale, ABF Freight System in Fort Smith, USA Truck in Van Buren, PAM Transport in Tontitown, and Maverick USA in North Little Rock.

Data from the Federal Highway Administration shows a total of about 6,000 trucking companies in the state, many of them small businesses. The good news is that all of those businesses need qualified drivers, and that means more jobs are available for Arkansans.

Trucks account for about 86 percent of all Arkansas inbound and outbound freight, followed by rail at 9 percent, water at 3 percent, and intermodal at 2 percent. To keep goods and materials moving on schedule, qualified drivers are needed for both local and cross-country routes.

“The best thing about this career is that you don’t need any prior trucking experience,” said Barry Busada, also of Diesel Driving Academy in Little Rock. Busada said qualified students can complete training and be prepared to start work in a short time, often with jobs ready and waiting.

THINK IT OVER

The decision to become a professional truck driver is not one to be taken lightly, as the career is actually more of a lifestyle. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, most tractor-trailer drivers are long-haul drivers, meaning that they spend days or even weeks at a time on the road, often including weekends and holidays. Many individual, both men and women, find trucking to be a personally rewarding and lucrative career, citing the feeling of freedom and the chance to see more of the nation as part of the profession’s appeal.

In addition to driving tractor-trailer rigs long distances, truck driver are also responsible for loading and unloading cargo and keeping a log of their daily activities. Drivers must also inspect their trailers before and after runs and keep their trucks and equipment clean and in good working order.

HITTING THE OPEN ROAD

Most drivers plan their own routes, often using satellite tracking to help plan the best route to deliver their cargo on schedule. Drivers must follow traffic laws in each area through which they travel and must be aware of truck restrictions for various routes.

While many drivers are employed by trucking companies, others buy or lease trucks and work independently. These owner-operators are also responsible for business tasks, such as seeking out clients and taking care of accounting tasks.

Most trucking companies require entry-level drivers to have a high-school diploma or equivalent and offer short on-the-job training. Arkansas also has several schools devoted to instructing new drivers in how to handle a rig. Drivers must have a commercial driver’s license, or CDL.

To find out more about the trucking industry and related careers, visit the American Trucking Association website, www.trucking.org, or the BLS website at www.bld.gov

Little Rock CDL graduate Keith Nicholson

Keith Nicholson recently stopped by to show off his Con-Way rig. He graduated from the Little Rock campus.

CDl graduate from DDA Little Rock Keith Nicholson

So…Why Did You Start at the Diesel Driving Academy?

DDA Little Rock student Todd PorterfieldTodd Porterfield — “I came for the opportunity to make more money.”

DDA Little Rock student Charlie BlakeCharlie Blake — “To learn to drive 18 wheelers.”

DDA Little Rock student Broderick MartinBroderick Martin — “I started school at DDA for a better career and a great retirement plan.”

DDA Little Rock student Daryl SimpsonDaryl Simpson — “DDA was my choice all the way!”

Josh Walker shows off truck to current students

DDA Little Rock Graduate Josh Walker stopped by to show off his new Werner truck to currently enrolled students.

Josh Walker stops by DDA Little Rock to visit

DDA students look at Werner TruckDDA students check out Werner truck

Mitch Busada – Operations Manager

I am Mitch Busada, and I am the Operations Manager. I work out of the corporate office in Shreveport, but I work on a daily basis with the campuses.

There’s not many industries out there that can say that they are hiring, and there’s even less than that that are hiring at an aggressive rate that the truck driving industry is.

So they see the importance of Diesel Driving Academy because we train and we get the guys ready to go, and ready to get on the road with a new job with all these different carriers.

Our students end up making a good salary, in fact a lot of our students come in for training that already have jobs, but are coming into truck driving because the salary is better than what they’re coming from.

I think it’s safe to say they prefer quality. A lot of these carriers do hire experienced drivers, but they also want, you know, new driver students, and because of that, they want the top quality students. I know a lot of carriers say that our students are just as good, if not better, than a lot of the experienced drivers out there.

We like to send out students that have a very vast knowledge of the trucks. Not only the trucks, but how the job works, you know, you’ve got to do the pre-trip and not only driving the truck, but you know how to fill out time cards and things of that nature. So our program is longer than some of the others, but the carriers actually prefer it because our students are more prepared for that first day on the road. We’re not a big corporation by any means.

We’re a family owned business which means we’re not going anywhere. We take our company very seriously, so again it all goes back to quality. This is our company, and we take pride in it so we want to offer the very best training possible!

Freddy Gregg – Little Rock CDL Training Director

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!

Companies that Hire our Drivers