Fort Lewis College ~ Durango, Colorado
42nd Annual School Session
June 10-18, 2016

WSSB is now accepting applications for the 2016 session. There are only 40 spots available in the upcoming Freshmen Class (graduating in 2017),  so register early!

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Fort Lewis College at nightYour best move to step up the career ladder in community banking is to attend the Western States School of Banking. Our unique two year bank school is designed to advance your professional education while maintaining employment. Intersession projects facilitate experiential learning throughout the year between our two eight-day sessions held on campus. This bank school immersion experience explores significant bank topics more intensely and includes an in-depth banking simulation exercise during the Senior year. The on-campus experience also creates a professional network of future contacts which lasts a lifetime and provides industry resources and friends.

For the first time in WSSB history, the 2016 campus sessions are affiliated with the notable School of Business Administration (SOBA) at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.

During classroom sessions and off-campus intersession projects, WSSB’s industry renowned national faculty present cutting-edge topics with upper management perspectives. The Freshmen, first year, curriculum includes:

  • Funds Management
  • Sales, Service & Marketing I
  • Risk Management
  • Legal Aspects of Banking I
  • Bank Information Technology
  • Credit Risk Management
  • Bank Simulation Introduction
  • Bank Simulation Presentation
  • CEO Panel

The Senior, second year, curriculum is highlighted by an exciting bank simulation exercise (BankExecTM) that provides teams several opportunities to see simulated outcomes from team decisions. Taking numerous variables into account, simulation reports reveal how team strategies affect shareholders. Team “banks” present their findings on the final day of classes to all the students and attending Board members, furthering a shared involvement in the exciting insights revealed in the simulations.

In addition, the Senior year curriculum includes:

  • Macroeconomics
  • Human Resources
  • Team Building
  • Leadership
  • Sales, Service & Marketing II
  • Legal Aspects of Banking II
  • Banking Ethics
  • CEO Panel

Individual intersession projects are worked on between campus sessions that allow students to receive instruction and learn throughout the year while applying the following topics:

  • Market Place Analysis (External and Internal)
  • Funds Management
  • Credit Risk Management
  • Marketing Plans (geared for the banking industry)

Join us in June 2016 on the spectacular Fort Lewis College campus in Durango, Colorado for Bank School through the Western States School of Banking. We look forward to meeting you soon!