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Dakota School of Lending Principles

April 6-9, 2021
Bismarck ND


The Dakota School of Lending Principles is held every other spring and alternates between North and South Dakota. The school provides basic instruction appropriate for loan officer trainees, loan support personnel and personal bankers. It is recommended that applicants have a minimum of six months lending experience or one year of loan department experience. 

The Dakota School of Lending Principles allows bankers to learn the theory and process of basic lending and then put this knowledge to work in hands-on sessions. 

Students will gain:
  • Insight into how funds and risk management and profit objectives affect the lending process
  • Increased skill in comprehending and analyzing business and personal financial statements
  • Improved skill ascertaining client needs through the interviewing process
  • Increased knowledge of the steps and analysis process involved in consumer, real estate, small business and agricultural lending
  • The ability to capitalize on selling opportunities
  • An improved understanding of loan documentation requirements
  • The opportunity to learn from respected, dynamic and experienced faculty members and peers
  • And the opportunity to expand skills and knowledge beyond the bounds of "on-the-job training."

Compliance School

Spring 2021
Bismarck ND

Because compliance is one of the most crucial and consuming issues in the banking industry, the NDBA Bank Compliance School is offered each spring during odd-numbered years. 

Constant changes and the highly charged regulatory environment make up-to-date information more important than ever to your bank. As a major resource for banking education, NDBA ensures that bankers have the latest knowledge and preparation they need to properly handle compliance issues through NDBA bank compliance training. 

Led by nationally-known compliance experts, the program has been tailored to address regulator "hot buttons" and ensures attendees will:
  • Develop an understanding of federal laws and regulations
  • Develop basic management skills and effective techniques for compliance administration
  • Receive instruction designed to supplement in-bank training programs and benefit students through exposure to the experience and knowledge of other students

Dakota School of Banking

June 6-11, 2021
University of Jamestown, Jamestown ND 

One of North Dakota's longest-standing banking education traditions, the Dakota School of Banking has graduated hundreds of bankers since its inception in 1974. Many of these graduates are now senior-level executives, serving as president or chief executive officers of banks large and small. 

Through the use of highly-qualified instructors and a challenging curriculum, Dakota School of Banking provides a multi-dimensional educational experience in banking. By completing two one-week summer sessions and intersession projects, students develop a range of skills to enhance current performance and qualify for advancement. 

Employees at nearly every level can benefit from attending the Dakota School of Banking. Many DSB applicants have been identified as future leaders within their banks. 

Dorothy Lick
North Dakota Bankers Association
PO Box 1438
Bismarck ND 58502-1438
Phone: (701) 223-5303
Admission Requirements:
  1. Applicant must:
    • Be an employee or officer of a bank, an NDBA or SDBA associate member; or a bank regulatory agency
    • Have a college degree and two years banking experience, or a high school diploma plus five years banking experience
    • Have coursework in Principles of Banking, Money and Banking and Accounting or have demonstrated knowledge in these areas.
    • Be recommended by the bank's CEO, a senior officer or the employee's supervisor

      Applicants who do not meet these requirements must submit a letter from their nominating officer detailing the experience being substituted for these requirements.

First Year
Bank Financial Analysis I
Human Resource Management
Trust Services
Risk Management
Banking Law
High Impact Presentations
Sales Management

Second Year
Asset/Liability Management
Bank Financial Analysis II
Strategic Planning
Liquidity and Capital Planning
Bank Investments
BankExec Simulation
Management & Leadership
Bank Reports and Exams


Bank Financial Analysis and Asset/Liability Management
Perry Haralson, Cornhusker Bank, Lincoln NE

Richard Beck, STAR Financial Bank (Retired), Fort Wayne IN 

Human Resource Management
Pam Binder, Human Resources Consultant, Steele ND 

BankExec Simulation, Macroeconomics and Investments
Tom Capouch, First State Bank, Portland ND 

Cody Delzer, SBS Cybersecurity, Madison SD

Banking Law
Tracy Kennedy, Zimney Foster P.C., Grand Forks ND 

Bank Reports and Exams
Carolene Severson, ND Department of Financial Institutions, Fargo ND 

Trust Services
Mary Locken, Bell Bank, Fargo ND 

High Impact Presentations and Sales Management
Tonya Stende, Dale Carnegie of ND and MN, Fargo ND

Risk Management
Jeremy Skoglund, Bank of North Dakota, Bismarck ND

Dakota School of Banking is sponsored by NDBA and endorsed by SDBA.

National School for Experienced Ag Bankers

June 21-24, 2021
Black Hills State University
Spearfish, SD

The National School for Experienced Ag Lenders, sponsored by South Dakota Bankers Association, takes ag lenders Beyond the Fundamentals. The school is held on the campus of Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD. 

Topics include the Washington influence, commodity marketing risk control, credit analysis troubleshooting from cash to accrual, hands-on training with live case study, the regulator's role, and lender liability. 

For more information, visit

Graduate School of Banking-Madison

Graduate School of Banking 
at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
5315 Wall St, Ste 280
Madison WI 53718-7965
Phone: (608) 243-1945 

GSB Session – August 1-13, 2021

Enroll today – fewer than 20 seats remain available.     
All spring 2021 schools will be offered virtually, including: Scholarship Applications

About GSB-Madison

The Graduate School of Banking at UW-Madison believes the most effective learning environment is one in which students are challenged to move out of their own functional areas to work across disciplines. That's why GSB-WI offers the most comprehensive and results-oriented advanced management program available in the industry. The curriculum allows mid- to senior-level managers, the future leaders, to push beyond theory and put key concepts to work in the real world - to challenge assumptions, develop critical thinking skills and gain the necessary leadership acumen to drive organizational success and motivate people by drawing on a clear understanding of all key areas of financial services management. Those who invest the 25 months required to complete the GSB-WI program will gain an education that moves them ahead in their careers and drives their bank's success. 

For more information, please contact the GSB office at 800-755-6440 or visit
Alumni Representative
Ernie Strube, President
The Goose River Bank, Mayville ND
Phone: 701.788.3110

Graduate School of Banking-Colorado

Graduate School of Banking
3215 Marine St, Suite W198, UCB 411
Boulder CO 80309
Phone: 800.272.5138

Alumni Representative
Christie Obenauer, Union State Bank, Hazen


Since 1950, banks have trusted GSBC to prepare the next generation of community bank leaders. This legacy, combined with a cutting-edge curriculum, expert faculty and state-of-the art facilities makes GSBC's 25-month banking school an ideal management training program for community banks nationwide.

GSBC is committed to providing the banking industry and its constituents with the tools necessary to create tomorrow's leaders.

Visit or call 800-272-5138 today to learn more about the benefits of attending the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado!

For the Future Leadership Scholarship application, click here

Trust & Financial Services

School of Trust & Financial Services
August 2021
Manhattan KS

The School of Trust and Financial Services is designed to provide attendees a broad understanding of the trust business. The curriculum is a practical, hands-on learning tool designed by Midwest trust bankers.

Questions? Please call Kansas/Nebraska Schools of Banking (402) 474-1555.

Advanced Trust

Advanced Trust School
August 2021
Manhattan, KS

Over thirty years have passed since Schools of Banking offered its first School of Trust and Financial Services. Realizing the increasing need for specialized continuing Trust education that is affordable and of high quality, the Schools of Banking is pleased to offer the Advanced Trust School

It offers a dynamic faculty who live their subject daily; curriculum driven by student learning needs; learning through hands-on, practical instruction and learning through peer interaction.

Questions? Please call Kansas/Nebraska Schools of Banking (402) 474-1555.

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