Albemarle, NC – Stanly Community College’s (SCC) auctioneering school, Carolina Auction Academy (CAA), recently held a graduation ceremony for the students. Many of the students traveled from Stokes, Harnett, Wake, Iredell, Lincoln, Rowan, and Stanly counties to attend this regional training

Part of the 96-hour training program includes a student auction and a final exam. The student auction was held at Hinson’s Auction in Oakboro where family and friends attended to help support the students. Students bring items to auction and the funds benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Betty O’Neal, CAA Instructor, noted, “It was a fun night for everyone. Our students were able to raise over $1,600 to benefit children in need of special treatments and research for childhood cancer. We also want to thank several Stanly County Commissioners, as well as NC Representative Wayne Sasser for attending the auction to help support the students.”

During a graduation ceremony held at the Crutchfield Education Center in Locust, Dr. Tammy Crump, Associate Vice President, School of Health and Public Services, along with Dr. Rita Love, Director, Health and Public Services Workforce Development, was present to confer the certificates to the students. Each class votes for two awards, “Most Improved” and “Best All Around.” This year’s winners were Jesse Overton for the “Most Improved” and a tie for “Best All Around” that went to Denise Francis and Robert Everetts.

Graduates are now ready to take the state exam and become licensed auctioneers in North Carolina.

CAA is approved by the North Carolina Auctioneer Licensing Board and the South Carolina Auctioneer Commission, and is committed to providing an outstanding program, excellent faculty, and flexible classes. For more information about Carolina Auction Academy, contact Betty O’Neal at (704) 991-0142 or

The next Carolina Auction Academy training program will begin in January 2022.