The History of Diesel Driving Academy

Training Students for the Trucking Industry Since 1972.

In June of 1972 Abe Busada and M. B. Chastain started Diesel Driving Academy in Shreveport, LA. The early days of training were done at an airstrip in DeSoto Parish, close to Mansfield, LA. DDA started with one truck and trailer but quickly grew.

Students from all over the state – particularly the Baton Rouge area – started to come to the Shreveport campus for their CDL training. In July of 1987, DDA opened a second campus, located in Baton Rouge. With the immediate success of this location, a third campus was opened in Jacksonville, AR. just north of Little Rock, and was moved to its current location in Little Rock during April of 2009.

Diesel Driving Academy is one of the largest privately owned and accredited truck driving schools in the United States, and have been in continuous operation since 1972. In 1982 DDA became accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and are still accredited by its successor, The Council on Occupational Education.

Since opening our doors, we have helped thousands of men and women begin their new careers as professional truck drivers. We offer convenient CDL truck driving training locations in Louisiana and Arkansas, and continue to grow and develop our relationships with some of the largest trucking companies in America.

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You Can Benefit from our Job Placement Program!

After you graduate, you can take advantage of Diesel Driving Academy’s job placement assistance program. As a professional truck driving school, our relationship with some of the region’s leading trucking companies has helped create job opportunities for graduates. The wage levels within these companies are very competitive and are among the highest in the industry. Learn more by visiting

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Take the first step towards a rewarding career on the road! Contact 1-800-551-8900 to enroll in our truck driving school!