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Baldock completes Dakota School of Banking

Chad Baldock, Credit Officer, Western State Bank, West Fargo, recently graduated from Dakota School of Banking sponsored by the North Dakota Bankers Association (NDBA) and endorsed by the South Dakota Bankers Association (SDBA). In its 40th year, the school trained 57 bank personnel. The school has been held on the campus of Jamestown College in Jamestown, N.D.akota 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 North Dakota Bankers Association offers services to banks in the areas of government relations, education, communications, insurance and bank products.

Baldock has been with Western State Bank since 2008. He currently resides in Fargo.

Western State Bank is a 111-year-old employee-owned, community bank with assets totaling over $600 million. The bank offers superior full-banking services, investments, real estate financing to personal and business customers, as well as nationwide equipment financing services. Western State Bank's bank locations are located in the North Dakota communities of West Fargo, Fargo, Devils Lake and Towner, and in the Arizona communities of Casa Grande, Chandler and Scottsdale.