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Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute

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 twelve 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.

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. From then until the consolidation on January 1, 1968, the two schools continued to operate separately. Today the school is one of America's oldest private business schools in continuous operation.

On July 1, 1976, the school became a corporate structure. Ridley-Lowell Business and Technical Institute is a new chapter in history spanning a total of 150 years in the field of private education.

Most recently, branch locations have been established in Poughkeepsie, New York and New London, Connecticut.

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 curricula 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, and
  • provide graduates with assistance in securing employment; and to provide students with the skills and attitudes to continue learning throughout their lifetimes.

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