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DDA Shreveport graduate Gene Martin makes honor roll at TMC

Congratulations to Gene Martin for making honor roll this week at TMC! He recently graduated from the DDA Shreveport campus. Congratulations, Gene!
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Little Rock graduate, Leonard Hester

We are very proud of our graduate, Leonard Hester! He is from the Heber Springs area and graduated from DDA’s Little Rock campus. After dealing with an unexpected layoff, Leonard now has a career in a field with one of the highest number of job openings every year, according the U.S. Dept. of Labor Bureau and Statistics.*

Leonard Hester, DDA Little Rock graduate 2015

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Heavy and Tractor-trailer Truck Drivers, on the Internet at (visited January 23, 2015).

Test Day at the Shreveport campus

Test day in Shreveport! Here are some photos of students testing: Kenneth Fowler from the 11/24 basic program with DDA instructor/examiner Anthony Spencer, passed his CDL test and is headed to Warner to start his new career. Instructor/Examiner Keith Rettelle completing skills testing with a student. Nateshia Kinser completing the pre-trip portion of her CDL test with examiner Jay Felts. Lance Etkins doing a walk around pre-trip inspection before skills testing with Keith.

DDA Shreveport grad Darryl Gillard now driving for Covenant Transport

Darryl Gillard, one of our graduates from back in August, stopped by for a visit and to show us the truck he’s now driving for Covenant Transport. He said he is enjoying his new career and is glad he completed the advanced training program at Diesel Driving Academy. He said that the training he got here fully prepared him for a successful career!

DDA Shreveport CDL graduate at Covenant Transport

New graduates make way for new students

There’s always a lot going on at any one of our DDA campus locations, and we love it that way!

We’re always working with students who are newly enrolled to help them get started, and are eager for their start date! Plus, there’s always someone in the yard learning a new maneuver, or trying to perfect one they already know, or different students sharing tips and tricks to make things a bit easier.

Then there are those who put in all that hard work and are testing out for graduation! It’s an exciting time here at DDA – and we are so happy and proud of everyone who has walked these halls and yards toward their goals of a great new career in trucking! Here are just a few of our recent graduates and new students alike!

David Jackson started class on December 8. Michael Hoefer graduated November 26 and had plans to drive for Tyson. He started work right away on the Monday after he graduated! Brittney Robinette graduated on December 3 from the Little Rock campus. Mitchell Gilmore & Anthony Wiggs also a graduate from the Little Rock campus early this month. Daryl Chaney is pumped for the new year, and is eady to start class on January 12, 2015Jerry Sanders graduated recently and was named to the Honor Roll for TMC!!  Terry Carlton will also be starting out the new year right and has plans to start class on January 12, 2015. And, of course we love to honor those #WomenInTrucking! Yvonne Miller graduated this week and will be starting her career with Werner!



DDA assists with the Baton Rouge Bar Association’s Holiday Star Project

DDA was proud to help with the Baton Rouge Bar Association’s Holiday Star Project!  This year they collected gifts for disadvantaged children and needed our help in transporting some of the gifts to one of the social service agencies.  Volunteers helped load the truck on Wednesday, December 10th, and then they delivered everything to Family Service of Greater Baton Rouge! Always an honor helping those in our community to have a merry Christmas!




Cary Goolsby now driving for Empire Express

Carry Goolsby was featured for Veterans Day as a DDA student and military veteran. He graduated December 3rd with his Class A CDL and is going to work with Empire Express!

Little Rock graduate Cary Goolsby

Billy Jones graduates from DDA Little Rock

Little Rock’s Assistant Director of Admissions, Candace Morgan, and new graduate Billy Jones after he received his certificate on Dec. 3, 2014. He’s already got a local position lined up! Nice work, Billy!

Shreveport Graduates Tim G. and Demarcus B.

Congrats to Tim Greene who graduated 11/20 from the advanced day class. Tim started his new career with Covenant Transport on December 1, 2014. We also want to say  congrats to Damarcus Bryant who graduated on 11/20 from the advanced day class. Damarcus has been hired by Stevens Transport and was off to orientation after the Thanksgiving holiday. Nice work, both of you!

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