Nan Nelson, a loan officer with United Valley Bank in Argyle, Minnesota, recently graduated from the Dakota School of Banking sponsored by North Dakota Bankers Association (NDBA) and endorsed by the South Dakota Bankers Association (SDBA). The school has been held on the campus of Jamestown College in Jamestown, North Dakota, since 1997.
“This school is designed to meet the needs of bank personnel,” said Dorothy Lick, NDBA senior vice president of education. “It provides focused education for bankers who seek a better understanding of the industry and advancement in their careers.”
Students are enrolled for two years, attending the school one week each summer. The first-year session provides a general overview of the banking industry and the departments that make up a bank. The second-year session builds on the general banking knowledge gained in the first year and adds a computerized bank management simulation to reinforce technical and functional management skills.
“The Dakota School of Banking was a terrific experience, from the learning opportunities to networking with colleagues,” said Nelson. “I look forward to putting my new knowledge to work.”
Teachers at the school included North Dakota bankers, attorneys, accountants and out-of-state bankers and consultants. Sessions combined lecture, hands-on activities and testing.
The North Dakota Bankers Association offers services to banks in the areas of government relations, education, communications, insurance and bank products.