Colleen Anderson, Amber Skorheim and Ben Hagl with First United Bank recently graduated from the Dakota School of Banking sponsored by the North Dakota Bankers Association (NDBA) and endorsed by the South Dakota Bankers Association (SDBA). In its 49th year, the school trained 65 bank personnel. The school was held at the University of Jamestown in Jamestown, North Dakota.
“The Dakota School of Banking provides focused education for bankers looking to enhance their skill set and advance their careers,” said Dorothy Lick, NDBA senior vice president of education. “Each banker gets a well-rounded educational experience, develops banking skills, and creates a valuable network of peers.”
DSB students are enrolled for two years, attending the school one week each summer. The first-year session provides an overview of the banking industry and the departments that make up a bank. The second-year session builds on the 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 is a great experience for our employees. It provides many learning opportunities as well as networking with colleagues,” said Steve Rehovsky, CEO of First United Bank.
Teachers at the school include bankers, attorneys, accountants and financial industry consultants. Sessions combined lecture, hands-on activities, a computerized banking simulation and testing.