The History of Mildred Elley
For nearly a century the Capital District of New York has been home to one of the nation's finest business schools. In 1917, when a shortage of office workers in the Capital District occurred because of World War I, many positions previously held by men opened to women. Many young women became excited about the opportunity to obtain the skills needed to fill these well-paying office positions.
A group of young women turned to Mrs. Augusta Mildred Elley, known in the community as a woman of letters. Educated at a New York City private school, she held a four-year college degree. Mrs. Elley was a well known suffragette and respected for her intellectual pursuits. She agreed to teach typing and shorthand in her home at 245 Quail Street in Albany, New York.
In 1919 fifty students graduated from Mildred Elley's school. The school soon outgrew the Elley home, and in 1927, the school moved to a "modern commercial building" at 227 Quail Street. For nearly seventy years, this building was the home of educational and career opportunities for many women.
In 1985, Faith Ann Takes became President of Mildred Elley School. Under her leadership, the school entered an era of change and growth. In ten years, the enrollment grew from thirty-seven to over five hundred students. In 1985, the school became co-educational. In 1989, an evening division was created and has grown to nearly the size of the day division. In 2002, a weekend division was added.
Since January 1997, graduates have been able to earn the Associate in Occupational Studies (A.O.S.) degree. In 1998, Mildred Elley moved into 800 New Loudon Road in Latham. And in 2008 has moved to its current location at 855 Central Avenue in Albany, NY.