Brandon Johnson, cash management officer with Choice Financial in West Fargo, 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 37th year, the school trained 44 bank personnel. The Dakota School of Banking has been held on the campus of Jamestown College in Jamestown, 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.
"Attending the Dakota School of Banking was a valuable experience," said Johnson. "Not only is it a great learning opportunity, but it also provides the perfect environment for networking with colleagues and others in the industry."
Teachers at the school include 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.
Choice Financial is a premier provider of financial solutions, with nine locations in North Dakota including locations in West Fargo and Fargo.