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ICBA Holds Community Bank IT Institute

Coursework Sets Path to Certification for Community Bank Technology Officer

Kansas City, Mo. (May 14, 2007)—The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) today kicked off its four-day Community Bank IT Institute, where community bankers from around the country further their education to become a Certified Community Bank IT Officer. The event runs from May 14 through May 17 and takes place at the Embassy Suites, Kansas City International Airport, Mo. For bank customers, ICBA certification is a reassuring sign of professionalism to look for when selecting a community banker.

"ICBA is proud our certification program for community bank technology managers allows them to better understand their role and responsibilities, and help them stay on top of the ever-changing world of technology management," said Greg Martinson, ICBA senior vice president and director of Sauk Center Operations, ICBA's Minnesota office. "All attendees have the opportunity to become a Certified Community Bank Technology Officer after successfully completing the required coursework, case studies and on-site exams."

ICBA has partnered with RSM McGladrey, Minneapolis, Minn., to provide a broad-based, comprehensive strategic program for community bank information technology officers. RSM McGladrey developed this unique program to help community banks manage and maximize technology investments and achieve focused strategies to meet both increasing customer demand and rapidly changing security requirements.

ICBA is the only national trade association that tailors its educational programs exclusively to meet the needs of community bankers. ICBA certification programs are designed to raise the standards of professionalism in the industry. More than 2,000 community banking professionals have achieved ICBA certification in compliance, auditing, IT, lending, Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering and bank security.

Learn more about ICBA educational offerings, conference and certification programs by visiting www.icba.org.