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DDA Graduate Michael Hostein Receives Best in Class at TMC

Michael “Cody” Holstein began his truck driving career on October 31st 2016 at Diesel Driving Academy, and graduated the following month on November 29th. DDA graduate standing with TMC instructor after receiving his Best in Class awardThroughout the program he was determined and excited about his new career options and could not wait to get started out on the road.

Once he graduated, Michael took advantage of the Job Placement program offered through the school and immediately began working for TMC, one of the leading trucking companies in the industry.

Michael showed great drive and excitement for his new career and his instructors knew that he would do great at any company.  After the first week of being at TMC, Michael talked to his instructor at Diesel Driving Academy, saying he couldn’t wait to get through training to get out and show them what he was made of.

After completing TMC’s training program Michael was awarded Best in Class for TMC’s newest Employees proving that he intends to make his mark in the industry.

Congratulations, Michael! Everyone at Diesel Driving Academy looks forward to seeing great things from you in the future!

Are you ready to take the first step towards a career in the truck driving industry? The right training makes all the difference! Learn how DDA can help you reach your career goals! Fill out the form you see on this page, give us a call at 1-800-551-8900, or visit us at dda.edu/get-started

New Students, New Graduates!

New students set off on their training! Lee Kelley, Kevin Kendrix, William Spaul, Anthony Crosley, Antonio Givan and Ryan Ward all enrolled at the Little Rock campus and will begin their CDL training as part of our Adv AM class on Monday, March 14th! Welcome to DDA!

Kenny Chatmon, Lee Hudson and Ronald Roberts enrolled to start their training, while Andrew Clendening, Terrell McFadden, Kevuan Bass, Jeff Kittridge, Kendale Shelton, Westin Cook, Keith Ricketts, and Donnie Cameron are all recent graduates!

Reginald Colbert Achieving His Dreams

Reginald Colbert picked up his 1st lease completion bonus check of $7,623.59 last week, and he’s signing another lease! Reginald started driving for Stevens Transport in 2011 after completing his CDL training at DDA in Baton Rouge. In 2013, after 2 years of company driving, he joined the Contractor Division to take his career to the next level.

Reginal Colbert, DDA Baton Rough graduate

Reginald says being an independent contractor has changed his life. 2 years ago saving money was only a dream, today he has over $30k in his savings account and feels if he hadn’t taken this opportunity his dream would not have come true. He is living proof that running your own business & hard work will give you the financial freedom you deserve.

This success story is a result of personal experience. Income is not typical, and is not intended to represent or guarantee that everyone will achieve the same or similar results. For questions related to Job Placement, please contact us here.

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 www.dda.edu/veterans/

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 cvta.org

Little Rock Graduate Charles Demery

Charles Demery says “U MAD BRO?” to everyone who doesn’t have their Class A CDL! Charles is the second person in his family to graduate from DDA Little Rock. He followed his sister, Jasmine Fields’ lead by getting his career started in the trucking industry!

Charles Demery DDA Little Rock graduate

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!

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