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Choice Financial employees graduate from banking school

From L-R: Trevor Mathew, Chris Paulson, Teri Metz and Tiffani Elser. Submitted photo.

Tiffani Elser, customer service representative/lead teller, Teri Metz, marketing specialist and Chris Paulson, financial services specialist 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 38th year, the school trained 54 bank personnel. The school has been held on the campus of Jamestown College in Jamestown, North Dakota since 1997.

Trevor Mathew, customer service representative/lead teller also attended the Dakota School of Banking as a first year student and will complete his second year next summer.

"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," Metz said. "I look forward to putting my new knowledge to work."

Teachers at the school include bankers, attorneys, accountants and financial industry consultants. Sessions combined lecture, hands-on activities and testing.

Choice Financial is a provider of financial solutions, with nine locations in North Dakota.