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Students Graduate from Carolina Auction Academy

The 20th class of students from Stanly Community College’s (SCC) Carolina Auction Academy (CAA) recently graduated and are ready to take the state exam and become licensed auctioneers. Participants must complete a 96 hour program that includes classroom instruction, auction site visits, participation in a live auction, and a final written exam. “This class represented a wide variety of backgrounds and interests, but worked well together and broke the record for the amount of money raised at the student auction,” said Bill O’Neal, CAA Instructor.

Dr. Tammy Crump, SCC’s Associate Vice President of Health and Public Services, presented diplomas to this year’s class, as their family and friends cheered them on. Every year students vote for two awards; Most Improved and Best All Around. This year’s winners include; John Love, Albemarle, NC, for Most Improved and Boyd Junior Horton, Monroe, NC, for the Best All Around.

“The cooperation for the student auction was fantastic; not only did students provide items to auction, but local auctioneers and prior graduates provided items as well. The SCC welding class contributed a fire pit and a few auto body students made a one-of-a-kind bike. This resulted in a great auction,” noted Betty O’Neal, CAA Instructor.

Carolina Auction Academy is one of only three approved schools of auctioneering in North Carolina and is endorsed by the National Auctioneer Association and accredited in South Carolina.

A team of nine instructors provide quality instruction on the auction method of marketing; making the courses useful to not only those wanting to obtain an auctioneer license, but to auction support personnel and to auction lovers who want to be a more informed consumer.

CAA is pleased to have instructors who are state champions. They include: Becky Tarlton, Ivan Broadwell, Bill O’Neal, and Eli Detweiler Jr., a 2010 International Auctioneer Champion.

The next class will begin this August and seating is limited. CAA also provides Continuing Education classes for auctioneers. For information, contact Betty O’Neal at (704) 991-0142 or

CAA Students

The 20th graduating class of Carolina Auction Academy includes: (L-R) Front row: Todd Azar, Chris Azar, Aster Hurst, Adam McDaniel, Boyd Junior Horton, Seth Hill, and David Bryan. Back row: Betty O’Neal, Jerry Hunter, John Love, Jimmy Griffin, Rick Northcutt, Elliott Hatley, and Bill O’Neal.


Respiratory Therapy Program Recognized as Credential Success by CoARC

The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) has selected the Respiratory Therapy program at Stanly Community College (SCC) to receive a stately award, the Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award. RRT is the acronym for Registered Respiratory Therapist. “This is the first time to my knowledge our program has been recognized for this success,” noted Judy Adrian, Respiratory Therapy Program Director. “We are extremely pleased and very excited to have been chosen by CoARC for this recognition.”

In selecting programs for this award, the CoARC Board uses criteria based on key accreditation metrics documented in the 2014 Annual Report of Current Status (RCS). These programs are required to: (1) have three or more years of outcomes data; (2) hold accreditation without a progress report; (3) document RRT credentialing success of 90% or above; and (4) meet or exceed established CoARC thresholds for CRT credentialing success, attrition and positive (job) placement.

SCC’s Respiratory Therapy program is scheduled to receive the award during the CoARC reception this coming July in Phoenix, AZ, the site of the American Association for Respiratory Care Summer Forum.

For more information about SCC’s Respiratory Therapy Program, please contact Ms. Adrian at (704) 991-0268.


SCC Foundation Holds Annual Golf Tournament

The Stanly Community College (SCC) Foundation held its annual golf tournament—The Stanly Classic, on Friday, April 10. Players enjoyed a day of golf in rolling, tree-lined fairways, at the beautiful Tillery Tradition Country Club, located in Mt. Gilead, NC. The Foundation had eighteen teams participate. The annual tournament provides scholarship assistance for SCC students.

“On behalf of Stanly Community College and the SCC Foundation, I would like to sincerely thank everyone that made the 12th Annual Stanly Classic a success. Each year, the proceeds from the tournament funds scholarships for SCC students. We are appreciative to our corporate sponsors, golf committee, volunteers, and in-kind partners, who supported the golf tournament,” noted Christy Bogle, Executive Director of the Foundation.

Sponsors for this year’s event included; Platinum sponsors—Bear Insurance, Carolina CAT, and Michelin US 11. Silver sponsors—ScanOnline, and Uwharrie Bank. Lunch sponsors—B.R.S., Inc., and South Central Oil Company. Golf sponsor—JT Russell & Sons. Beverage cart sponsors included— ALCOA, Crook Motor Company, First Citizens Bank, and Jerry Jordan Enterprises, Inc. Hole-in-One sponsor—Friendly Chevrolet.

The 2015 Golf Tournament Committee Members included; Ron Swanner—Chair, Paul Childress, John Barringer, Banks Garrison, Lee Pickler, and Chris Bennett.

The Elite Care, Inc., team took first place; Bank of North Carolina came in second, and First Citizens Bank came in third.

Elite Care

First place team—Elite Care, Inc., (L-R): Chris Bennett and Corey Iacofano. Team members not pictured; Barry Byerly, and Russ Andrew.


Sheriff George T. Burris an SCC Alumnus

It was nearly 25 years ago when George T. Burris first stepped on the campus at Stanly Community College (SCC), just shortly after he graduated from Albemarle High School in 1992. Born and raised in Stanly County and a lifelong resident, Burris dreamed of one day becoming Sheriff.

Fresh out of high school and attending SCC, he took a part-time job at the local Pepsi-Cola plant to take care of his new and growing family. When a full-time position became available at the plant, Burris, like so many others, took the job, placing his educational journey on the back burner.

In 2000, he found work at the NC Department of Corrections (NCDOC). Burris was assigned to the Albemarle Correctional Institution as a Correctional Officer in the dorms, then later reassigned to the Canteen. During this time he passed the NCDOC Sergeant’s exam and was ready for his next challenge.

In 2003, Burris began working as a Detention Officer at the Stanly County Jail. Still supervising inmates, Burris enrolled in SCC’s BLET and Criminal Justice degree programs, all while maintaining his full-time job at the jail on rotating shifts. With determination and hard work, he finished his BLET training and passed the state exam. “I was very fortunate to have the awesome support from my wife, Lynn, and three children,” he explained. Burris was sworn in as a Deputy Sheriff and assigned to the Courthouse as a Bailiff. He continued his educational journey, earning his Criminal Justice degree in 2004, nearly eight years after he left SCC to go into the workforce. During his tenure at the Sheriff’s Office, Burris was promoted to the Patrol Division, then to Detective, and later to Detective Sergeant.

In 2007, Burris found opportunities with the Oakboro Police Department, where he started out on patrol and later was promoted to Sergeant, then finally to Administrative Lieutenant, a position that involved many department duties and functions.

Education and training is a vital part of any law enforcement position and Burris sought out every opportunity when he could. Over the next several years, he completed trainings and earned certifications in: NC General Instructor, Taser Instructor, Field Training Officer, Advanced Field Training Officer, First Line Supervision training, Community Relations and Mediation, Leadership-Mid-Management training, Police Law Institute, Honor Guard, SWAT, RADAR, Standard Field Sobriety training, Alcohol Screening Device training, Crime Scene Investigation, Crime Scene Reconstruction, Crime Scene Photography, Crime Scene Fingerprinting, Blood Stain Pattern Recognition, Buried Body Recovery and Street Drug Investigations.

In November 2014, nearly twenty-five years after his veneration with law enforcement began, George T. Burris was elected as Sheriff by the citizens of Stanly County. Standing by his side and supporting his career were his wife, children, family, friends and co-workers. “It is truly an honor to serve the citizens of Stanly County. All this was made possible through hard work, determination and believing in achieving a goal that began many years ago while sitting in a classroom at Stanly Community College studying Criminal Justice,” Burris said.

When asked what he finds most challenging about being the Sheriff, he noted, “Oftentimes my deputies will beat themselves up over that one case they lost; they feel like they have let people down—even though they gave it their all.” When asked what he finds most rewarding, he confessed, “Helping our citizens have a better life. When I see the relief in a victim’s eyes after the criminal has been arrested—it is very rewarding.”

The Sheriff is responsible for securing the Courthouse, overseeing the Detention Center, Civil Process, and handling emergency calls in Stanly County. The Sheriff’s Office is responsible for law enforcement across an entire county, not just within a single precinct. The Stanly County Sheriff’s Office is accountable to nearly 60,000 citizens, as well as divisions that include: Patrol, Detectives, K9, Courthouse, DARE, Special Emergency Response Team (S.E.R.T.), Civil Division, and the Detention Center. In addition to managing the many different divisions, Sheriff Burris also oversees nearly 100 employees.

George Burris

Sheriff George T. Burris stands modestly by his law enforcement accolades that hang on his office wall. Burris began his educational journey in Criminal Justice nearly twenty-five years ago at Stanly Community College. He admits that it is still an honor to serve the citizens of Stanly County today.


Welding Students Support SCC Foundation

The welding students at Stanly Community College (SCC) crafted a barbeque grill and fire pit for the SCC Foundation. The items were purchased at a silent auction that was held during the annual golf tournament — The Stanly Classic Scholarship Golf Tournament.

“Creating projects for our community not only helps students hone their skills, but they get a better understanding of the techniques that they have learned in class," noted William Beaver, SCC Piping Industry Welder and Lead Instructor. “It’s amazing what they were able to do with a piece of metal.”

The Welding Program prepares students for many different types of careers in all types of industry. Metal working, welding, and fabrication industries offer consistent employment and advancement opportunities for technically trained and skilled qualified individuals. SCC’s welding courses provide students with basic theory, practical application, and a working knowledge of welding processes in preparation for entry-level trade positions. SCC’s program is certified by the American Welding Society.

For more information about the Welding Program at Stanly Community College, contact William Beaver, Piping Industry Welder Lead Instructor, at (704) 991-0383 or or visit our website at

Welding Students

(L-R) Welding students Jimmy Steen, Ben Wilson, Chris Ravera, and Brandon Greene crafted a barbeque grill and fire pit for the SCC Foundation for their silent auction at the Foundation’s recent golf tournament. Not pictured: Ridge Page.


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