The Graduate School of Banking at Colorado (GSBC) awarded 156 total graduates from across the nation with its prestigious diploma in banking July 25 during a ceremony at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo.

GSBC also awarded 19 students with honors, who graduated in the top 10 percent of their class. These individuals include: Kevin Bohl, First Western Bank & Trust (Minot, ND); Dustin Bruland, Bank of the Pacific (Montesano, WA); Jared Cowen, FDIC (Denver, CO); Rebecca Diaz, Legacy Bank (Pueblo, CO); Craig Dose, Bridgewater Bank (Bloomington, MN); Andrew Goddard, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland (Cincinnati, OH); Sabrina Hamby, Rawlins National Bank (Rawlins, WY); Adam Hartman, Sterling State Bank (Rochester, MN); John Hunsberger, FDIC (West Des Moines, IA); Jarryd Isreal, Mutual of Omaha Bank (Omaha, NE); John Koons, Plains State Bank (Lakin, KS); Michelle Kopcak, FDIC (Livonia, MI); Brett Latham, Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines (Des Moines, IA); Mark Leesman, Midwest Independent Bank (Jefferson City, MO); Megan MacHatton, FirstBank (Lakewood, CO); Lauren Maclaskey, Happy State Bank (Lubbock, TX); Kamyar Monsef, Bank of the Pacific (Bellingham, WA); Gregory Schaller, Midwest Bankcentre (St. Louis, MO) and Darah Valville, FDIC (Sunrise, FL).

Graduates receive a diploma upon successfully completing six weeks of classroom training–two weeks for three consecutive years–which focus on general management and technology, leadership and human resource management, financial management and lending. The students also completed intersession projects and ended their curriculum at GSBC with an extensive bank management simulation course. The 2019 session showcased strategic curriculum enhancements, including courses covering how to be an effective leader, ways to effectively implement technology and strategies to succeed in a challenging economic and regulatory environment.

“Completing the coursework and projects at GSBC is a great accomplishment for community bankers around the country,” states GSBC President Tim Koch. “These individuals’ organizations and communities should be very proud of the dedication and effort they expend during their time in the program.”

The GSBC 70th Annual School Session is scheduled for July 19-31, 2020.