A business and technical school that has been in our area for more than a century and a half has moved into a new location.

Ridley-Lowell cut the ribbon on its new home Thursday afternoon, which is now located at 2 Court Street in Binghamton.

The institute traces its roots back to the founding of the Lowell School of Business in 1850.

While it was largely a secretarial school in the 1900’s, today it offers two programs: cosmetology and medical assistant.

Terry and Norma Weymouth have owned Ridley-Lowell for more than 40 years.

They say the move gave them the opportunity to invest in new state-of-the-art teaching equipment.

“A whole new beginning, we’ve reinvented Ridley-Lowell. It needs reinvention every so often. You have to update it. The courses have changed throughout the years so drastically,” they said.

Binghamton is one of five Ridley-Lowell locations in the Northeast and the original.

Locally, it employs 31 teachers and administrators and averages about 100 students per 12-week quarter.

The school was previously split in two locations, its historic building on Front Street and the former J.C. Penney building on Court Street which will soon be the new home of Ellis Brothers Furniture.