URG announces Banking minor; professional certificate

RIO GRANDE, Ohio – The University of Rio Grande / Rio Grande Community College has created an innovative and exciting new Banking Minor & Professional Banking Certificate Program available to students this fall.

The program is designed to provide students with an introduction and overview to the principles, concepts and operations of banking through a five course curriculum: Principles of Banking, Money and Banking, Consumer Lending, Commercial Lending and Bank Laws and Regulations.

“This banking program allows the University of Rio Grande to expand its course offerings to provide students the opportunity to learn a specific skill set that will enhance their professional growth and development,” Assistant Professor of Business Roger Watson said. “Financial institutions provide numerous career opportunities, and the School of Business is excited to offer this program to assist students.

“There is also a clear demand by financial institutions for employees who have acquired the information provided by these courses. This is part of our ongoing effort to partner with businesses to prepare students for careers in these industries.”

Professor Watson served at Rio Grande since 2002. He has also taught at Ohio University for 34 years with 11 years of professional banking experience. Professor Watson has taught courses for Bank One, the Ohio School of Banking and the American Institute of Banking.

The five classes provide students pursing another major with a Banking minor, but also allow non-degree seeking students to attain a Professional Banking Certificate.

Each course is taught in eight weeks with a hybrid format: once a week on-campus with the balance of coursework completed online. The first two courses – Principles of Banking and Money and Banking – begin this fall. Consumer Lending, Commercial Lending and Bank Laws and Regulations are offered in the spring.