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General Banking Schools

Advanced School of Banking Year 1

The Advanced School of Banking is the answer when training employees and managers. This two year program requires junior to mid-level bankers to attend one week in the fall of 2017, and one week in the summer of 2018. Consider a few of the benefits gained by attending these Schools:

  • A comprehensive understanding of the connections between banking functions and the financial services environment 
  • New technical skills to utilize in positioning the organization for the future 
  • Insight into personnel development 
  • Practical ideas to improve bank performance and profits
  • Opportunities to experience the complexity of managing a successful financial institution through a hands-on computer simulation
  • Practical application of classroom learning through completion of three interim assignments

October 2 - 6, 2017
Hotel Grand Conference Center - Grand Island, Nebraska 



Dakota School of Banking

Sponsored by the South Dakota Bankers Association and North Dakota Bankers Association, the Dakota School of Banking is held in June on the campus of Jamestown College in Jamestown, North Dakota. The school provides a focused education of the banking industry. Bankers at all levels benefit from the well-rounded curriculum that builds on fundamental skills and focuses on emerging trends. Students enroll for two years, attending one week each summer.

Classes are held in a $4.5 million facility that features state-of-the-art classrooms and computer labs. The first-year session provides students with a general overview of the banking industry and banking departments. The second-year session builds on this general banking knowledge and adds a computerized bank management simulation.

Attendees are generally first- or mid-level managers seeking advancement in their banks and careers. However, others who would benefit from exposure to the banking industry and increased familiarity with the individual components that make up a bank are also encouraged to attend. For more information, visit the Dakota School of Banking site.


School of Banking Fundamentals

With today's competitive environment and focus on service, financial service industry professionals need to be better educated than ever before. In the space of one week, the School of Banking Fundamentals provides a concentrated, fast-paced overview of

The curriculum is designed by a committee of experienced bankers in cooperation with instructors. With bankers serving as instructors, students have the opportunity to learn from successful individuals who live their subject daily.

Through this hands-on practical training, attendees will gain the following:

  • An increased understanding and appreciation of all functions within the bank, allowing participants to contribute more effectively to their bank.
  • An understanding of banking's role in the financial services industry.
  • The opportunity to expand skills and knowledge beyond on-the-job training as preparation for additional responsibilities.
  • Increased knowledge and skills immediately applicable to attendees' daily responsibilities.
  • Improved sales skills to better cross-sell and serve customers.
  • An appreciation of current industry issues.
  • An excellent foundation for continued education.
  • New ideas and a recharged attitude after interacting with other financial service industry professionals.
  • A network of peers to call on throughout the attendee's career.

 Go to the Schools of Banking website for registration information.


Graduate Banking School

Students acquire a broad knowledge and understanding of major bank functions and their interrelationships, and develop the skills required to lead and manage effectively. The school's curriculum reflects the contemporary trends impacting the financial services industry. Core courses address broad areas of finance, marketing, management and the environment in which banks operate while elective allow students to customize their learning experience.

Over the course of 25 months, through a mix of lectures, bank simulations, case study discussions and hands-on projects, you will learn to:

  • Retain your best customers
  • Increase your market share
  • Analyze market conditions to effectively manage risk
  • Achieve a sustainable competitive advantage
  • Utilize technology effectively to improve performance
  • Improve bottom-line results
  • Manage change through agile leadership

The School is held in August each year in Madison, Wisconsin. Scholarships are available (contact Halley Lee at hlee@sdba.com if you are interested).

For detailed information about the school go to the Graduate School of Banking Wisconsin website.


Graduate School of Banking in Colorado

GSBC offers a first-class educational experience and is proud to be the country’s premier graduate community banking school. GSBC prepares banking students to succeed through real-world targeted banking curriculum structured around four tracks—leadership and human resources; general management; lending; and financial management.

At GSBC you will:

  • Develop strategies to take advantage of the challenges and opportunities within your institution and the financial services industry.
  • Receive practical training to apply to your day-to-day responsibilities.
  • Establish an irreplaceable network of banking professionals with whom you can share ideas and information across the nation.
  • Develop critical analytical, management, and leadership skills.
  • Receive a comprehensive set of materials that will serve as an important reference manual.
  • Discover information on the most current, best practices in community banking from world-class faculty who are experts in their fields.

The GSBC curriculum is targeted at enhancing the analytical and leadership skills of community bankers to prepare them for senior management positions within the bank. First and second year students will complete intersession projects in the months between the school session. Third year students will participate in Bank Management Simulation, a realistic simulation of an actual banking environment that ties together concepts learned throughout the program.

The School is held in July each year in Boulder, Colorado. Scholarships are available.  Click here for the scholarship application. 

For detailed information about the school go to the GSBC website.


International Bankers Program

Under the sponsorship of the Herbert V. Prochnow Educational Foundation, a special program is offered to qualified officers of banks in other countries who seek an opportunity to increase their understanding of U.S. banking issues and practices. Participants design a program of study from courses in the GSB curriculum, and attend classes with American Graduate School of Banking (GSB) students.

The International Bankers Program was first offered in August 1991. Since that time, more than 200 bankers from 25 countries have completed the program. International students can choose from two options for their coursework. the first is a two-week session in which we help the student design a program of courses chosen from GSB's comprehensive curriculum. The second option is a twenty-five month International Bankers Program. This requires a commitment of three summers for two weeks each summer. These students complete the same required courses, examinations, and intersession projects as domestic students. Upon successful completion, international students graduate with a thorough understanding of United States banking policies and practices as well as a valuable network of contacts.

For more information, go to the GSB website.