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Little Rock welcomes new students to the CDL programs

We are excited to welcome new students Terri Townsend, Anthony Brown and Scott Kemp, who are enrolled to begin their CDL training at the Little Rock DDA campus on Monday, October 12th. Anthony is a military veteran who is transitioning to civilian life by getting his CDL license and starting a career in the trucking industry. This is such a great career for military personnel after they complete their service, because most of them have experience driving large tanks/trucks.


If you would like more information on Veteran-specific financial assistance programs that help cover the costs of your CDL training, call and speak with one of our Veteran Career Counselors, or visit

Jimmy Fitzwater Recieves Maverick Trucking 2014 Driver of the Year Award

Jimmy Fitzwater, Director of Training and Placement at Diesel Driving Academy in Shreveport was awarded with the 2014 Maverick Trucking Driver of the Year award!

The Maverick “Driver of the Month” program is a high honor for specially-selected Maverick drivers. These drivers are chosen for their exceptional commitment to their profession, the company, and hold safety to its highest standards. At the end of each year, Maverick employees vote from the twelve ‘drivers of the month’ honorees, and a “Driver of the Year” is announced. Jimmy was announced as their Driver of the Month for November, and was voted to be the 2014 Driver of the Year!

Director of Training and Placement Steffon Jones receives 2014 driver of the yar award

DDA Shreveport Graduate Steffon Jones presents Jimmy Fitzwater with his Maverick Trucking 2014 Driver of the Year award plaque


Director of Training and Placement Steffon Jones receives 2014 driver of the yar award

L to R: Barry Busada, Bruce Busada, Jimmy Fitzwater, Michael Krieg (Regional Director of Training and Placement) and Steffon Jones


Maverick provides OTR and dedicated service to the flatbed, glass and temperature controlled transportation markets throughout North America. To learn more about driving opportunities available with Maverick Transportation call the recruiting department at your nearest DDA campus.

LR Instructor passes Level 2 of CVTA Instructor Certification Program

We’d like to recognize Little Rock instructor Cliff Welch who recently passed Level 2 of the CVTA Instructor Certification Program! Congratulations on this achievement, and thank you for the dedication you have toward helping your students!

Little Rock instructor Cliff Welch receives Level 2 of the CVTA Instructor Certification Program


CVTA Requirements for the each level of instructor certification are as follows:

Level 1: 450 Hours of Teaching Experience and 3 Modules
Level 2: 900 Additional Hours and 6 Additional Modules
Level 3: 900 Additional Hours and 6 Additional Modules
Level 4: 900 Additional Hours and 6 Additional Modules
Level 5 Master Instructor: 450 Additional Hours and 3 Additional Modules

For more information on the Commercial Vehicle Training Association, please visit

Baton Rouge graduate updates!

We’ve got updates on a few of our graduates from the Baton Rouge campus! Mary Strother graduated August 21 from the Basic class, and is currently driving for Schneider. Dwayne Knighten also graduated Aug 21 from the Basic class, and he got a job driving for Williams Transport. Gregory Sanders and Samantha Herod graduated Aug 21 from the April Advanced Day class, both of them have started driving for Schneider. Congrats to each of you, and best wishes to you as you being your new careers!

New DDA grad Ira Wheeler goes to drive for Werner

Congratulations to DDA graduate Ira Wheeler who made the decision to start his driving career with Werner Enterprises! Way to go!

DDa graduate goes to drive for Werner

DDA grad Milton Scott goes to Werner

DDA graduate Milton Scott started driving for Werner Enterprises after graduation! Way to go, Milton! Congratulations on becoming a Professional Driver!

Atlanta graduate Justin Mitchell back for a visit with his Werner truck

Justin “Juddy” Mitchell graduated from DDA Atlanta in March and is working for Werner now.  He came to DDA when he was unemployed, and had his electric shut off… and says that his life changed for the better once he graduated. Now, he comes back to campus often to talk with our current students, and he’s even referred a few students to DDA too! Thanks for the visits, Justin! We are very proud of your success!!
DDA graduate Justin Mitchell

Werner Enterprises Operation Freedom Truck at DDA in Baton Rouge

DDA Students Blake Graham, Samantha Herod, and Regina Jackson getting a close look at the Werner Operation Freedom truck on campus. Interested in driving for Werner after you master your professional driving skills and graduate from DDA? Talk to anyone in our Job Placement department to see how you can get started with Werner!




Here’s what’s going on at DDA Baton Rouge

We take a lot of pictures, my camera has run out of film (haha, just kidding…but remember those days?) Here’s a few of some recent Baton Rouge graduates. Now, I want to see your selfies! Send us your best selfie, we want to see where you’ve been!!

Ricardo Beasley, May 2015 graduate. David Parker, June 2015 graduate. Gene Martin, January 2015 graduate. James Abram, February 2015 graduate.

Now, Submit Your Selfies!

Lets see your selfies from the road! Send them our way so we can share them with our staff, students and fans on Facebook! Click here to send us any photos you have!

Submit your selife to share with DDA staff, students, and fans on Facebook

Sean Farmer receives his Class A permit!

Congrats to Sean Farmer from Atlanta who just received his Class-A permit! Way to go!

DDA Atlanta student with permit

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