Bell State Bank & Trust Bankers Attend Dakota School of Banking

AckerlandDonnellyNDBAJoe Ackerland, VP/ branch manager with Bell State Bank & Trust in Dilworth, Minn., and Jonathan Donnelly, VP/ branch manager with Bell State Bank & Trust in Hawley, Minn., recently attended the Dakota School of Banking sponsored by the North Dakota Bankers Association (NDBA) and endorsed by the South Dakota Bankers Association (SDBA). In its 41st year, the school trained 57 bank personnel. The school has been held on the campus of University of Jamestown in Jamestown, N.D., 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 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.

Teachers at the school include bankers, attorneys, accountants 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.

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