The mission of Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute is to:
Provide educational and training opportunities through concentrated, highly structured programs of study that prepare students for entry-level positions.
Provide curriculum that reflect the needs of a changing job market.
Provide an opportunity for students to acquire the skills for occupational growth, including the understanding of employer expectations.
Provide graduates with assistance in securing employment.
Provide students with the skills and attitudes to continue learning throughout their lifetime.
Lowell School of Business was established in 1850 by Daniel W. Lowell. In 1858, Mr. Lowell changed the name to Binghamton Commercial College and shortly thereafter to Lowell's Commercial College. In 1876, John E. Bloomer joined the staff and became principal 12 years later in 1888. At the time of his death in 1932, Mr. Bloomer had spent more than 50 years of his life supervising the training of thousands of young men and women for business careers.
The New London School of Business was founded as a school of business and secretarial science in 1887. At that time, the school served the community by preparing men for office work in telegraphy, penmanship and bookkeeping. Later, the school also prepared women for office positions.
Ridley Secretarial School was founded in 1936 by Earle D. Ridley. Under his direction, its entire history has been one of providing business training for its students and, in turn, supplying the business and professional communities with personnel fully acquainted with and thoroughly trained in the most modern office techniques of the day.
In 1962, Lowell's Commercial College was acquired by Mr. Ridley. On January 1, 1968, the schools were consolidated into one organizational structure and today the school is one of America's oldest private business schools in continuous operation.
On July 1, 1976, all of the schools became one corporate structure under the leadership of our current president, W.T. Weymouth. The success of our students as active members of the workforce, and our school’s dedication to the continued success of our communities, led to a later demand for expansion into Poughkeepsie, New York in 1998, Danbury, Connecticut in 2010, and West Warwick, Rhode Island in 2013.
Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute is in a new chapter in history, spanning more than 160 years in the field of private career education. It owes its growth and reputation to the success of its many graduates.
Ridley-Lowell Business and Technical Institute is conveniently located at 116 Front Street in downtown Binghamton. The lovely historic building reflects the quaintness of the Front Street area and provides the perfect atmosphere for an institution whose standing has been proven for over 160 years. An annex location, which is handicapped accessible, at 2 Court Street currently houses the Cosmetology program.
All classrooms at the school are designed to provide exceptional instruction in today’s technologies. Equipment and inventory are regularly reviewed to stay current with the career training fields offered, and to provide the skills required of our graduates in obtaining employment. The facilities are available for use outside of regularly scheduled class hours.
Statement of Ownership
Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute was incorporated on July 1, 1976. It is completely owned by Ridley-Lowell School of Business, Inc. The Officers of the Corporation are as follows:
The Medical Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), on recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
Accreditation, Licensure & Approval
Documents describing the school’s accreditations, licenses and approvals are available for review in the main office of each location.
Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and School
Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute is accredited to award certificates and diplomas by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), 750 First Street NE, Suite 980, Washington, DC 20002-4241, (202) 336-6780. ACICS is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. To learn more about the benefits of selecting an ACICS accredited school, please visit http://www.acics.org/students/.
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
The Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute Medical Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), on recommendation of the Curriculum Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment (AAMAE). CAAHEP can be contacted at: Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, (727) 210-2350 or visit them on the Web at http://www.caahep.org/. CAAHEP is the largest programmatic accreditation organization in the health sciences field and reviews and accredits over 2000 educational programs in 20 health science occupations. CAAHEP is also recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision
Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute is licensed by the State of New York as a licensed private career school. For more information, please visit the New York State Education Department, Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision (BPSS), website at http://www.acces.nysed.gov/bpss/.
We have programs that have been approved for the training of veterans and other eligible persons by the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs. For more information please visit http://gibill.va.gov/. See the Financial Aid section of the catalog for a listing of approved programs.