Financial Services

Financial Services

Career Opportunities

Your career opportunities include working as a personal banker, personal banking representative, insurance sales agent, claims processor, policy processing clerk, office manager, or in customer service, collections, compliance or operations. Working in a financial services institution provides challenge, variety, a comfortable working environment with an opportunity to have unlimited career growth. The region’s leading financial employers are seeking out our graduates!

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Award Types: AAS Degree
Total Credit Required to Graduate: 68 (AAS)

Professionals in Financial Services focus on the business and the management of money and credit. They work in credit unions, savings and loan institutions, finance companies, commercial banks, insurance companies, investment firms, financial planning firms, credit card companies, and finance departments of businesses. They also have the opportunity to become licensed as real estate agents, insurance agents and satisfy prerequisites for investment licensures.

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Award Types: AAS Degree
Total Credit Required to Graduate: 68 (AAS)


Dana Wolff, MSAS
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Dana has 30+ years of professional experience that includes banking, mortgage, investments, accounting, and post-secondary education.

She has taught at the secondary and post-secondary level and holds a secondary credential as well as a post-secondary credential. As an educator, Dana has taught many financial services and business courses including: Accounting, Personal Finance, Principles of Investments, Bank Management, Fundamentals of Insurance, Internships, and Human Resource Management.

She continues her professional educational membership by serving as the Region 5 President for the American Technical Education Association and is an active member of the National Business Education Association.
Regarding her teaching philosophy, Dana believes that learning never ends and that it is a teacher’s role to facilitate the learning and success of their students. She personalizes education with real world experiences and projects.

Dana’s interest include reading, golfing, and spending time at the lake.

Education: MSAS, University of South Dakota; BS, Black Hills State University; Certified Phi Theta Kappa Leadership Development Studies Instructor
Dennis Peters, MBA
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Dennis has been teaching at Southeast Tech since 1995. He holds a Life & Health Insurance license and maintains his professional skills by continuing part-time employment as an Indirect Senior Loan Officer at First Premier Bank.

He has accrued extensive banking industry and leadership experience, having:
• Over 25 years of banking experience that includes being a branch manager, indirect loan officer, personal banking officer, collection representative, and customer service representative
• Over 10 years as a financial services instructor
• Served over 23 years in Army National Guard, held positions of Battalion Operations Officer, Battery Commander, Executive Officer, and Fire Direction Officer
• Served the community by volunteering for the United Way, Adopt-A-Highway, Banquet, and other events

Through the military, he completed the Command & General Staff course, Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, and Officer Candidate School.

Dennis has been awarded outstanding service awards in the Army National Guard. Included in this involved a weapons conversation from the M109A1 Howitzer to the Multiple Launch Rocket System, a mobilization to support Operation Enduring Freedom, and multiple unit certifications, inspections, and other military requirements.

Dennis's interests include jogging, bowling and spending time with his family.

Education: MBA, University of Sioux Falls; BA, South Dakota State University






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