Deaf student graduates from Amarillo truck driving academy

Published: May. 5, 2015 at 2:15 AM CDT|Updated: May. 5, 2015 at 11:31 AM CDT
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An Amarillo college student is not letting her disability keep her off the road.

34-year-old Sandy Sloat is the second deaf student to graduate from Amarillo College's Truck Driving Academy.

With already a bachelors degree in Biology, she decided to pursue another degree in welding. Since he has a love for traveling, she quickly changed to truck driving.

Sloat says although this is an industry dominated my men, women are just as capable and she isn't letting her loss of hearing get in the way either.

"Society already have their perceptions of 'you can't do this' but I'm showing that I can. We are the same," said Sloat.

She adds that she has a long history of learning skills in the industrial industry.

"I like hands on, building things, making things and repairing. I grew up that way," said Sloat.

She says Amarillo College has a great Truck Driving Academy filled with encouraging professors. She also says she wouldn't have gotten as far without the help from her interpreter, Kristen Thomas.

Sloat says she looks forward to traveling and putting her skills to the test.