Tech's Rawls Col­lege of Busi­ness ex­pand­ing pro­gram­ming to meet needs of bank­ing in­dus­try

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The Ex­cel­lence in Bank­ing Pro­gram will fo­cus on mod­ern bank­ing op­er­a­tions and prac­tices.

Pos­i­tive eco­nomic growth in West Texas con­tin­ues to drive the de­mand for qual­i­fied em­ploy­ees across a va­ri­ety of sec­tors. Behind the eco­nomic growth lies the bank­ing in­dus­try, which needs for qual­i­fied em­ploy­ees of its own.

In re­sponse to the eco­nomic and in­dus­try events that have led to the de­mand for qual­i­fied bankers, the Jerry S. Rawls Col­lege of Busi­ness at Texas Tech Uni­ver­sity has de­vel­oped a new Ex­cel­lence in Bank­ing Pro­gram.

“We are ex­cited to part­ner with banks and bankers to help sat­isfy a crit­i­cal need in West Texas and across the state,” said Mar­garet L. Wil­liams, dean of the Rawls Col­lege of Busi­ness. “This pro­gram was mo­ti­vated by Rawls alumni who are lead­ers in the bank­ing in­dus­try, and with their help, we plan to de­velop a cur­ricu­lum to ef­fec­tively pre­pare stu­dents to ad­dress the bank­ing needs of the fu­ture.”

Sched­uled to launch this fall, the pro­gram is de­signed to pro­duce top­notch bankers by giv­ing stu­dents a com­pre­hen­sive un­der­stand­ing of mod­ern bank­ing op­er­a­tions and prac­tices.

“This ini­tia­tive is an­other ex­am­ple of the uni­ver­sity build­ing a part­ner­ship that in­cludes alumni, busi­ness lead­ers and fac­ulty in or­der to de­velop aca­demic pro­grams that ad­dress in­dus­try needs in the state of Texas,” said Lawrence Schovanec, Texas Tech pres­i­dent. “This pro­gram will present our stu­dents with op­por­tu­ni­ties be­yond the class­room that will bet­ter pre­pare them for the work­force and, in turn, con­trib­ute to strengthen­ing the state’s bank­ing in­dus­try.”

Stu­dents will com­plete cour­ses in fi­nance, ac­count­ing and ad­vanced bank­ing top­ics to pre­pare them for long-term suc­cess in the ever-chang­ing bank­ing in­dus­try. To make cer­tain that the pro­gram is pre­par­ing stu­dents for cur­rent in­dus­try de­mands, the pro­gram will be ad­vised by a sea­soned board of in­dus­try lead­ers.

“In­put from bankers has in­formed our plan­ning process and will con­tinue to en­sure that our cur­ricu­lum is cur­rent and pre­pares stu­dents for suc­cess­ful ca­reers in bank­ing,” said as­so­ci­ate dean Jef­frey Mercer, Cen­ten­nial Bank chair and pro­fes­sor of fi­nance. “We are in­clud­ing in­dus­try cer­ti­fi­ca­tions in the cur­ricu­lum and mak­ing sure stu­dents are pre­pared for a va­ri­ety of bank­ing ca­reers in dif­fer­ent types of banks.”

The cur­ricu­lum will be en­hanced by a re­quired in­tern­ship in bank­ing, a men­tor­ing pro­gram, op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents to visit banks, in­clud­ing the Fed­eral Re­serve Bank, con­fer­ences and work­shops, a speaker se­ries, stu­dent or­ga­ni­za­tion ac­tiv­i­ties and other in­ter­ac­tions with bank­ing pro­fes­sion­als and suc­cess­ful alumni.

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