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Hobbyist builds mini Kenworth tractor and trailer

You’ve heard of people building model cars, or running souped-up RC cars in their down time. One Canadian truck company owner and truck enthusiast did a bit more than just that – he went out of his way to build this awesome – and drivable! – mini Kenworth W900 semi truck and trailer. Originally, Jacques Auger was just going to dress up a golf cart to look like a longnose Kentworth to drive in his local Christmas parade. Instead, he and his friend Donald Gingras spent 2850 hours and $85,000 to get this mini real-deal up and running.

The 1:2 scale tractor is powered by a 1.7-liter, three-cylinder Cummins diesel with a turbo upgrade, fed though a Ford Ranger five-speed transmission and Suzuki Samurai differentials. According to Auger, everything works like the real thing, and is known to humiliate full-size versions at the local truck drag- from a standing start!

Check out the video of him taking the little truck for a cruise around the parking lot:

If driving a life-sized semi is more your speed, give us a call and we’ll get that arranged. Classes are forming for all of our campus locations! 1-800-551-8900 or just fill out the form on the top of this page, and we’ll get you behind the wheel of an actual 18-wheeler!

Mini Kenworth Semi Truck built by Jacques Auger in Laurier-Station, Quebec, Canada

Little Rock graduates starting their driving careers

Congratulations to a few of our recent Little Rock campus graduates. These guys completed their training at the beginning of March 2015, and have started new careers as professional truck drivers!  Lamont Hicks, Clifford Sims, Scott Tinsley, John Horne (decided to drive for Stevens Transport), and Thomas Sutton (decided to drive for Empire Express). Way to go, everyone!

March 6: Weather Updates

WEATHER UPDATES FOR FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2015

Little Rock campus: 2 Hour Delay. Day classes to start at 10:30AM

Classes at all other campuses will start the usual time.

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March 5: Weather Update

WEATHER UPDATES FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2015

Dallas campus: Day classes cancelled. Decision on Evening classes to come later today.

Little Rock campus: Day and Evening classes cancelled.

Shreveport campus: Day classes will start at 9:30. Evening classes will start at the usual time.

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Feb. 26: Campus Schedules

February 26, 2015: winter weather announcement:

Little Rock campus is back open for normal class schedules. Atlanta campus will start classes at 10:30 this morning.

All other campuses are open as normal for all classes.

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Feb. 25, 2015: Atlanta campus closed {Updated}

Weather Alert for all DDA campuses

{2:00pm Update}

DDA Little Rock campus is closed for the day. All night classes have been canceled.

All classes at DDA Atlanta have been canceled for the day.

 

Classes are on as normal at all other campuses.

Feb. 24, 2015: Winter Weather Class Schedule

Winter weather announcement for Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015:

Shreveport classes are cancelled for Tuesday. Employees will be on campus at noon.
Little Rock day classes will start at 10:30. Evening classes will carry on as usual.
Atlanta and Baton Rouge classes will carry on as usual.

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Feb. 23, 2015: Classes Canceled

Weather Alert for all DDA campusesDue to the winter weather, the following classes have been cancelled for Monday, February 23, 2015:

DDA-Little Rock: day and evening classes
DDA-Shreveport: day and evening classes

 
 
 

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Thomas L. Sutton: DDA student and military veteran

Thomas L. Sutton
DDA, Little Rock campus

DDA military veteran, student

What branch of the military did you serve?
Army

What was your rank when you retired?
Sgt E-5

Where did you serve?
South Korea, Germany, Texas, and Washington

What made you interested in joining the Army?
I wanted to serve, and because of the career choices it offered me.

How did your military service prepare you for a career as a truck driver?
I was a truck driver in the Army, and it taught me responsibility.

Cary Goolsby: DDA student and military veteran

Cary Goolsby
DDA Little Rock campus

DDA military veteran student

Which branch of the military did you serve?
US Navy.

What was your rank when you retired?
E-3

Where did you serve?
San Diego, Long Beach Naval Hospital

What made you interested in joining the Navy?
Sea power! I’ve always has a desire to serve.

How did your military service prepare you for a trucking career?
Attention to detail – especially safety!

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