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Clarion University will offer an associate degree program with an auctioneering concentration at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh beginning in January 2012. It is the only auctioneering program approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Auctioneer Examiners in western Pennsylvania and the only one in the Commonwealth to award a university associate degree.

Offered through Clarion's Department of Applied Technology, located at Clarion University-Venango Campus in Oil City, the program prepares students to sit for the Pennsylvania State Auctioneer Licensure Exam.

Auctioneering courses will be offered on Saturdays and Sundays from January through May 2012. Students can complete general education and other university courses over the next eighteen months at various times at West Penn, online or at the Venango Campus.

At the completion of the 15-weekend auctioneering component, students will have earned 20 credits toward a 60-credit Clarion University Associate of Applied Science in Administration Technology degree, with a concentration in auctioneering.

The technical component of the auctioneering degree 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. It also includes a practical field experience of on-the-job training with Pennsylvania licensed auctioneers.

The general education component provides students with an educational foundation that will help them in operating an auctioneering business or for further education.

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.

For more information, contact the office of Dr. Bill Hallock, chair of the Department of Applied Technology, at 814-676-6591, ext. 1307 or More information is also available at

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.
9/22/2011 9:25 AM

Clarion University to Offer Auctioneering Program in Pittsburgh