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Western State Bank

Congratulations To Our Graduates

Matthew Oachs, Assistant VP/Retail Banking Manager, and Lisa Uhlenkamp, Personal Banking Officer, 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 44th year, the school trained 61 bank personnel. The school has been held on the campus of University of Jamestown in Jamestown, North Dakota, since 1997.

“This school 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.”

Marisa Olson, Credit Officer I, will finish her second year next
summer and join graduates Matt Oachs and Lisa Uhlenkamp
as graduates from the Dakota School of Banking

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. I gained so much from the variety of learning opportunities and networking with colleagues,” said Lisa.

“The knowledge passed down from the instructors was invaluable,” agreed Matt. “I look forward to putting this new insight to work at Western.”

The North Dakota Bankers Association offers services to banks in the areas of government relations, education, communications, insurance and bank products.

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