Posted Date: 06/15/2021
TALIHINA, Okla. – The inaugural class of the Oklahoma Auctioneering School (OAS) at Kiamichi Tech, Talihina Campus, held a fundraising auction benefiting San Bois CASA on June 12. The live auction had more than 50 items, 139 registered bidders, and raised $10,350. Nine students completing the Oklahoma Auctioneering School were the bid callers for the auction, after nine days of intensive training.
“These students have been learning and developing their auction skills all week,” said Justin Kennedy, Campus Director at Kiamichi Tech, Talihina Campus. “Auction night was meant to showcase what they have learned, while benefiting a great cause and bringing our community together.”
Community members, the Chamber of Commerce, legislators and students’ families attended the auction to show support for San Bois CASA and the class one cohort of the auctioneering school.
“We have had tremendous community support for this event and the Oklahoma Auctioneering School,” said Kennedy. “This week, we have had partnerships form, deals made and jobs created. I believe we have fired up something special in Talihina and we don’t plan to stop with the first class.”
OAS is offered through the Workforce and Economic Development Division of Kiamichi Tech. The comprehensive, 92-hour program is designed to teach students the skills and abilities needed for a career in auctioneering, including how to conduct auctions and operate an auction company. Award-winning instructors from around the region taught throughout the week.
“Our students are getting the experience to meet exceptional auction industry leaders and learn from them,” said Liana Jones, Workforce and Economic Development Coordinator at Kiamichi Tech. “Each instructor is highly qualified, passionate, and invested in the future of the auction industry.”
Students leave the program as a professional auctioneer and ready to go to work. Each student will become part of a professional network of auctioneers as members of the Arkansas & Oklahoma State Auctioneers Association.
To learn more about OAS or to sign up for future classes, visit oas.ktc.edu or contact Liana Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.