July 13, 2006 at 14:00 PM EDT
Four-Year Auctioneering College Degree Established for the First Time

A college degree in auctioneering is now available for the first time in the United States through Tri-State University, of Angola, Ind. The program has been established through a partnership with the National Auctioneers Association (NAA). The four-year program leads to a bachelor of science in business administration with a major in auctioneering.

"This has been a dream of the NAA Board of Directors and of NAA's Education Institute Trustees, both of which have worked hard to make this a reality," said Harlan Rimmerman, NAA's director of education.

Classes will be offered online and on campus at the Angola North campus site. The University, established in 1884, also has other sites, but the auctioneering major is available only at that campus.

Dr. Jean Deller, dean of the university's School of Professional Studies, said: "We were pleased to work with Harlan Rimmerman and the NAA, that acted as an advisory committee to develop this program. We believe that it will meet the needs of the auctioneering community."

Students will work on the degree in three steps: First are general education classes, followed by a business core section that includes finance classes, and then 11 specific auction courses, including State Laws, Introduction to Auctioneering, Auction Law, Real Estate Auctions, Appraising and others. Following coursework, students will serve an "externship," working directly with an auctioneer, Deller said.

Students can begin the general education classes in January 2007. Auction classes will first be offered in fall 2007.

NAA President Dennis Kruse, CAI, was instrumental in helping develop the program. Although this is believed to be the first auction college degree in America, auction schools have existed for many years in many states. Auction schools are a short-term course, typically about 10 days, taught by experienced auctioneers who help students develop the auction chant and learn auction business fundamentals. Students are encouraged to take continuing education classes after auction school.

For more information about the auction college degree, call the School of Professional Studies, (260) 624-2420.

NAA is the largest organization in the world promoting auctions and the competitive bidding method. Member benefits include legislative representation, continuing education and other programs. Members can earn designations that include Certified Auctioneers

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