Karen Ramola, assistant vice president and branch manager of New Market Bank, recently graduated with honors – in the top 10% of her class – from the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado (GSBC), a 25-month banking school providing management and leadership training for community-banking professionals. Ramola was among 164 graduates of the 68th Annual School Session, hosted July 15-27 on the campus of the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo.

GSBC students are recognized by their bank’s executive team as rising stars in their organizations, and as graduates, often continue to become leaders in their respective organizations. A diploma in banking is widely recognized by the banking industry at-large and is a marker of advanced education that hundreds of bank-industry professionals from around the country accomplish each year.

“Completing the coursework and projects associated with the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado is a great accomplishment for community bankers around the country,” said GSBC President Tim Koch. “Sponsoring organizations and communities should be very proud of the time and effort our graduates expend during their time in the program.”

Ramola joined New Market Bank in 2005 as a teller supervisor and has risen to branch manager of the Elko New Market location through her dedicated work ethic and customer service. She is among the fourth generation of Vogel family members to lead New Market Bank, an independent community bank serving the south metro Twin Cities. She is an active member of the Elko New Market Chamber of Commerce, having served on the organization’s board since its inception in 2011. She received a bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship and business from the University of St. Thomas in 2003.

Graduates receive a diploma upon successfully completing six weeks of classroom training focusing on general management and technology, lending, leadership and human-resource management and financial management in banks. Requirements for graduation also include comprehensive examinations, intersession research projects and participation in a bank-management simulation course that provides students with experience managing a bank.