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Clarion University has been approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Auctioneer Examiners to offer an auctioneering program through its Department of Applied Technology, located at Clarion University-Venango Campus in Oil City. The program, the only approved auctioneering training program in western Pennsylvania, prepares students to sit for the Pennsylvania State Auctioneer Licensure Exam.

The technical component of the auctioneering program is designed to provide students with knowledge of the techniques, procedures, and principles of communication, appraisal, management, marketing, and law necessary to conduct a successful auction in Pennsylvania. The general education component provides students with an educational foundation that will help them in operating an auctioneering business or for further education.

Students will earn an Associate of Applied Science in Administration Technology degree, with a concentration in auctioneering. General education courses will be taught at the Venango Campus or online, and the technical component of the degree will be taught by Charlene A. Caple, a licensed and bonded Pennsylvania auctioneer who has authored the definitive text for auctioneering courses of study in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Caple has served as an instructor in the auctioneering program at the Harrisburg Area Community College since 1983. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Auctioneer's Association (PAA), and has served as an officer of the PAA's Central Regional Chapter.
The 20-credit technical component of the program will be taught over a 15-week period of Saturday and Sunday classes that will begin in March and a practical field experience of on-the-job training with Pennsylvania licensed auctioneers.

For more information, contact the office of Dr. Bill Hallock, chair of the Department of Applied Technology, at 814-676-6591, ext. 1275 or More information is also available on the website

Clarion University?Venango Campus, located in Oil City, is the oldest regional campus in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. The campus provides high-quality educational programs and personalized services to help students succeed. Students can begin any of Clarion University's 90+ bachelor's degrees at the Venango Campus, earn an associate degree, a bachelor's or master's degree in select areas, obtain a one-year certificate or participate in a variety of professional development and personal enrichment courses. The campus is home to Clarion University's School of Nursing and Allied Health, the Department of Applied Technology, and the Venango Department of Arts and Sciences. Clarion University?Venango Campus is committed to serving the needs of the community.

10/19/2010 5:00 PM

Clarion University–Venango Campus to Offer Only State-Approved Auctioneering Program in Western Pennsylvania