SCC Students Work Together for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Each year the students at Stanly Community College’s Carolina Auction Academy conduct a student auction with proceeds to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Stanly Community College Foundation. This semester, the welding students created a one-of-a-kind fire pit for auction. The project brought together all the skills the welding students have been working on since August 2014, when students started taking GTAW, MIG, plasma cutting, blueprint reading and layout. Using donated materials, they created a stainless steel and carbon steel box, measuring 32” high by 34” long by 27” deep. The auction students then practiced their skills in marketing to get the item sold.

SCC Students are able to learn skills that are easily transferable to the world of work in the Welding and Auctioneering courses. The cooperative efforts of both programs were a great step toward celebrating National Auctioneers Day on Saturday, April 18. This special day is recognized by auction professionals worldwide as a day to remember one of history’s oldest professions and celebrate the industry’s future.

The next Welding class begins in May, for more information contact William Beaver at (704) 991-0383 or The next Carolina Auction Academy class begins in mid- August, contact Betty O’Neal at (704) 991-0142 or

Welding Students

Kneeling left to right: Ben Wilson, Welding Instructor, Chris Rivera and Ridge Page. Back row, Jimmy Steen (who is starting his own mobile welding service) and Brandon Greene.