After World War II, the country experienced vigorous economic growth that continued through the 1950s and later. Veterans were attending higher education schools with help from the G.I. Bill. Jobs were plentiful. The baby boom was underway, fueling a housing surge and higher consumption of products.
Radio and television repair classes were added at Eau Claire’s vocational school. Other additions were traffic safety, family relations, topographical drafting (a machine shop skill), and data processing. Keypunching, typing, and shorthand were among other office skills taught.
Chippewa Falls’ school added citizenship and bank service sales, and boat building. Citizenship classes, which Eau Claire had begun offering in the early 1900s, were in demand for decades as immigrants sought to become U.S. citizens. The classes prepared them for the citizenship exam.