Texas Capital Bancshares Inc., the parent company of Dallas-based Texas Capital Bank, in coordination with the American Bankers Association (ABA), has expanded its Commercial Lending Certificate Program to Huston-Tillotson University in Austin. Texas Capital Bank and ABA launched the program for historically Black colleges and universities in 2021 at Texas A&M University–Prairie View. As an ABA member, Texas Capital Bank is able to extend its member resources to provide specialized certificate programs to collegiate institutions, such as Huston-Tillotson University.
“Through the creation of this unique Commercial Lending Certificate Program, Texas Capital Bank…aims to provide students with meaningful opportunities and useful skills to pursue careers in the financial services industry,” says Rob C. Holmes, Texas Capital Bank president and CEO. “At Texas Capital Bank, we are focused on empowering the communities we serve by dedicating our commitment and resources to foster a culture of trust through collaboration, inclusion and respect.”
“We’re proud to work with Texas Capital Bank in support of this certificate program at Huston-Tillotson University,” says Jim Edrington, ABA’s chief member engagement officer. “This innovative program offers industry-leading education and skills to talented college students who we hope will join the next generation of bankers looking to make a difference in their community.”
Huston-Tillotson University, a private historically Black university, was founded in Austin in 1875. It was the city’s first institution of higher learning and one of the first to provide a commercial lending certification program in East Austin. Taught by Dr. Derrick Bonyuet, the course has been designed to cover topics relevant for a comprehensive overview and understanding of the commercial lending landscape. Local Texas Capital Bank executives will guest lecture during the program to provide real-world examples of curriculum content in the commercial lending process. Students who pass the semester will automatically receive a Commercial Lending Certificate from ABA.
“Offering a course for our students that provides perspective on commercial lending will be instrumental in their professional and personal development whether or not they pursue a career in banking,” says Rohan Thompson, dean of the School of Business and Technology at Huston-Tillotson University. “Through our partnership with Texas Capital Bank, we hope to continue offering advanced financial courses. To have executives provide guest lectures further enhances the partnership by allowing our students to hear directly from industry professionals that will supplement the text material.”
The program will cover qualitative analysis and how to assess industry risk, market risk and management risk. It is designed to provide an understanding of the role of loan policy and the need to summarize the borrower’s various risks into an appropriate credit risk rating for lending approval. In addition, it provides guidance on loan structuring and documentation issues in response to the analysis of quantitative and qualitative risks which includes an overview of key documents, loan agreements and covenants, as well as negotiating and pricing. The cost of textbooks required for the course will be covered by Texas Capital Bank’s arrangement with ABA.
Established in 1998, Texas Capital Bank operates 10 banking offices in the Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio markets.