Kristen Jacobson Graduates from the Dakota Banking School
Kristen Jacobson, with Union State Bank in Hazen, 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 47th year, the school trained 75 bank personnel. The school has been held on the campus of University of Jamestown in Jamestown, North Dakota, since 1997.
“This Dakota School of Banking is designed to meet the needs of today’s bank employees,” 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 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 was a great experience, from the learning opportunities to networking with colleagues,” said Jacobson. “I look forward to putting the knowledge I’ve gained to work.”
Teachers at the school include bankers, attorneys, accountants and financial industry consultants. Sessions combined lecture, hands-on activities, a computerized banking simulation and testing.