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Business Programs

Challenging careers await you in two of today's most promising industries. By entering into the business or legal field, you are embarking on a journey toward a successful and fulfilling profession full of opportunity and growth.

Take any of these professional development courses to advance your business skills and make you stand out for future opportunity and growth. Each program focuses on the specialized skills needed for a career in business administration and accounting. Ridley-Lowell's education leaders combine comprehensive classroom instruction with practical experience to prepare you for today's competitive job market.  

Choose a program to learn more:

Office Assistant I

Office Assistant II



Office Assistant I Program

Having a strong support staff is essential to running a successful business today. Ridley-Lowell’s introductory office assistant short-course program offers you the opportunity to develop the business skills needed to excel in a professional office environment.

This program is focused on building upon your foundation business computer and communication skills.

Your curriculum will focus on:

  • Business communications
  • Fundamental math concepts
  • Composition and grammar
  • Business law
  • Microsoft Office programs including Word and Excel


Campuses where available:

This program is available in Connecticut at our New London campuse, and at our West Warwick, RI, campus.


Take the next step

Get started today. For more information, call to speak to an admissions counselor at 877-606-5325.


Office Assistant II Program

Ridley-Lowell’s advanced office assistant program is your next step toward developing your career in business administration or office operations. For students who already have basic computer skills and a working knowledge of business applications, the office assistant short-course program will better prepare you for the challenges of working in a fast-paced professional office.

Prerequisites for this program include completion of the Office Assistant I program or a grade of 75% or higher on the competency assessment exam. Students enrolled in this program will continue to develop their office administration skills, while furthering their education in accounting, communication and computers.

Your curriculum will focus on:

·       Business communications

·       Office operations

·       Accounting basics

·       Proofreading and editing

·       Transcription

·       Additional Microsoft Office programs including PowerPoint and Outlook


Campuses where available:

This program is available in Connecticut at our New London and Danbury campuses, and at our West Warwick, RI campus.


Take the next step

Don’t wait. Call today to request more information about our Office Assistant II program, 877-606-5325. Day and evening classes available.



Ridley-Lowell’s QuickBooks short-course provides you with an in-depth understanding of how to use QuickBooks software for your professional or personal needs. Learn to create accurate reports and statements, maintain financial records and manage updates and transactions with this comprehensive 30-hour course.

The course incorporates fundamentals in accounting, as well as detailed instruction on how to get the most of the QuickBooks software. Following completion of the course and passing of the final test, you will become a Certified QuickBooks User.

Your curriculum will focus on:

·       Accounting concepts and principles

·       Financial statement preparation

·       QuickBooks software set up

·       Sales, purchases, payroll and reporting within the software


Campuses where available:

This program is available at our West Warwick, RI campus.


Take the next step

Are you ready to get started? Request more information or call 877-606-5325 to talk to an admissions counselor. Day and evening classes available.



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Medical Administrative Assistant Graduate

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Medical Assistant Graduate

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Networking & Technical Support Specialist Graduate

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Medical Assistant Graduate

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Esthetic Graduate

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Cosmetology Graduate

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Cosmetology Graduate

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Massage Therapy

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Esthetic Graduate

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Legal Administrative Assistant Graduate