DANBURY, Conn. – Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute celebrated five years in Danbury and over 1,000 graduates out in the workforce with a recent ribbon-cutting at its campus at 44 Shelter Rock Road.
Those turning out May 7 for the fifth anniversary party included the Weymouth family, the owners of the school, along with Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and City Councilmen Thomas J. Saadi, Andrew R. Wetmore and Paul Rotello.
“We have over 1,000 graduates in the working field from over the five fields that we have training here,” said Lauren Weymouth, one of the owners.
As part of the celebration, students in the massage therapy program offered massages to those in attendance. The event, also sponsored by the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce, offered up information about career paths and educational opportunities at Ridley-Lowell.
Ridley-Lowell offers six programs that one year to complete, or 18 months for night students. The field and specialties offered are Administrative for Office Assistant 1 and 2; healthcare for medical administrative assistant, medical assistant, medical billing and coding, and phlebotomy; massage therapy; information technology; and electrical.
Classes generally have 12 to 15 students and sometimes up to 20 depending on the program. This fall, however, a large medical assistant class will be starting out at the school. In each program, students are required to take some basic classes such as computers and mathematics.
“We take students with no or little experience in electrical training and help them get ready for apprenticeships,” said Philip Adam, program director for the electrical program.
Many of the Ridley-Lowell students have graduated and moved directly to waiting jobs after earning their certificates and degrees within their appropriate fields.
“Every year, I speak at their graduation and I am so proud of them,” said Boughton.
“We have all walks of life that come through, and it makes a great difference in the community,” said Weymouth. She said Ridley-Lowell is grateful to Danbury for welcoming the school into the community.
Ridley-Lowell also has locations in New London; Binghamton and Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; and West Warwick, R.I.
For more information on Ridley-Lowell, visit the website at www.ridley.edu.
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