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Ellen McCoy Sharp graduates from the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado (GSBC)

August 6, 2018

BOULDER, COLO. – Ellen McCoy Sharp, Senior Vice President of Central Bank & Trust Co., recently graduated with Honors from the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado (GSBC), a 25-month banking school which provides management and leadership training for community-banking professionals. Ms. Sharp 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 which 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.”

Graduates receive a diploma upon successfully completing six weeks of classroom training which focuses on the areas of 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 designed to provide students with experience managing a bank.

GSBC will host its 69th Annual School Session July 14-26, 2019, and offers other educational programs tailored toward topics concerning community banks throughout the year.

For more information, please contact GSBC at 800-272-5138 or

About The Graduate School of Banking at Colorado

The Graduate School of Banking at Colorado is America’s Premier Community Banking School, and is located on the campus of the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo. GSBC offers its annual school session each July, and offers a variety of seminars and continuing education workshops throughout the year. To learn more, visit

About Central Bank

Central Bank is headquartered in Lexington, KY. With more than 100,000 customers throughout Kentucky, Central Bank serves consumers and businesses with full-service banking, investment, mortgage, insurance and wealth management services, all provided locally.  Central Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of Central Bancshares, Inc. that operates 26 banking offices and 37 ATMs in Boone, Clark, Fayette, Jefferson, Jessamine, Kenton, Madison, and Scott counties.  Central Bancshares is the holding company for Central Bank & Trust Co., Central Insurance Services and Central Investment Center. Central Bank was recently honored as a Best Place to Work in Kentucky