Students Graduate from Carolina Auction Academy (04/22/2015)

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.