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2018 Banking School Registration Brochure


For more information, please contact Tabitha Abele
(334) 386-5745
Tabele@alabamabankers.com

July 14-19, 2019

Organized in 1975, the Alabama Banking School (ABS) provides a planned environment for the study of banking tailored to the needs of Alabama banks. The school is sponsored by the Alabama Bankers Association and is governed by a board of trustees. Students are in residence one week each year for the three sessions they attend. During each session, students spend a minimum of 40 hours in the classroom and work on case studies in the evenings. They also take comprehensive final exams and are assigned home study problems between resident sessions. These problems must be completed satisfactorily for students to return to school and qualify for graduation.

Purpose

The course of study is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of its participants in banking and related areas. The school’s curriculum provides broad exposure to banking topics and issues. The program culminates during the last year in an activity that allows students to run their own virtual bank through a computer-based bank simulation called BankExec. BankExec participants will graduate with a well-rounded understanding of the cause-and-effect relationship resulting from each decision made in their effort to run a profitable bank.

Home Study

The time in residence at the Alabama Banking School is only a portion of the overall curriculum of the school. Students must successfully complete three home study problems between terms. Home study problems must be received on or before a specified due date. Applicants should consider this aspect of the school to ensure they will be able to devote the necessary time outside the classroom.

Attendance

Students must attend all assigned classes during the resident session and complete the required work; first and second-term students must participate in final examination while graduating seniors present final BankExec results to a panel of judges.

Facilities

The Alabama Banking School is held on the campus of the University of South Alabama in Mobile. Classes, housing and food services are provided on the university campus. Students are required to live in lodging provided at the school.

Admissions

An applicant for admission to the Alabama Banking School must meet one of the following criteria:

  • be an officer, director or an employee of a commercial bank or other approved financial institution
  • a staff member of the Alabama State Banking Department, FDIC, Federal Reserve, or Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
  • or, an officer or employee of an associate member of the Alabama Bankers Association.

Applicants must be high school graduates and should have two years of banking experience prior to attending their first session. Two years or more of college education may be substituted for one year of banking experience. Familiarity with basic accounting is highly desirable. Any student who has not had experience or education in accounting should complete either a college accounting course or a similar course.

The admission policy of the Alabama Banking School assures equal opportunity for all qualified persons without regard to race, religion, sex, color, national origin, age or handicap. Employees of non-member banks may attend for an additional fee on a space available basis.

 

Testimonials

 “Having the opportunity to attend the Alabama Banking School was a three-year journey that is a highlight of my banking career. Without a doubt the school gave me the opportunity to learn from some of the most educated professionals in the banking world as well as access to materials and studies that are relevant in today’s banking industry. Through the Bank Exec experience, I received an opportunity to run a financial institution via simulation. The chance to be educated on the many facets of the bank that are outside my daily responsibilities of being a branch manager allowed me to have a better understanding of how my bank and others operate on a daily basis. But most of all, the friendships that I made with fellow bankers are some that have touched my life and my heart immensely,”  
Kelly Moore, Southern States Bank, Birmingham.

My experience at ABS was one of the most valuable experiences I have ever had. The knowledge we received from the instructors and staff was exceptional, and I continue to reflect back on the training we received quite often. As wonderful as the school side of ABS was, the connections and friendships I made was even better. I have really enjoyed keeping up with my classmates and following everyone’s careers. Overall, my time with ABS was a wonderful experience,”  
Bill Lewis, Trustmark.