SCC CAA students raise funds for St. Jude

Published 2:28 pm Friday, April 14, 2023

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Recent graduates from Stanly Community College’s Carolina Auction Academy conducted an auction raising $3,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The public benefit auction was one of the requirements needed to complete their coursework, be eligible to complete the state exam and become licensed auctioneers.

Hosted by long-time CAA supporter Hinson Auction in Oakboro, the event drew a large crowd of family, friends and former CAA students. Each student was tasked with donating three items to auction off.

The award for Best All Around went to student Joseph “Randy” James of Taylorsville and the award for Most Improved went to student Tammie Helms of Oakboro.

After completing this last step in their coursework, the CAA students will travel to Fuquay-Varina to complete the state exam and become licensed auctioneers.

Carolina Auction Academy Spring 2023 class participants, from left: Instructor Betty O’Neal, Allison Wise, Lindsay Fulk, Miranda Hawkins, Ellen Mabry, Tammie Helms; back row: Randy James, Michael Palmer, Rodney Fraley, William Jones, Marc Issac, Gerald Rayle, Robert Provost, Instructor Bill O’Neal and Luis Martinez. (Contributed)

As one of only three approved schools of auctioneering in North Carolina, CAA’s most recent class included students from South Carolina to Taylorsville.

The course meets two nights per week to provide a comprehensive 96-hour course designed to prepare participants to pass the state exam, obtain a license and have the tools necessary to enter the business world as an auctioneer. The next class begins in August at SCC’s Crutchfield Education Center in Locust.