Education: I.C.S.'s $ 5,000,000th

The application—for a course in practical electricity—came from a soldier somewhere in the Pacific. It was delivered at the special post office in the big factory-like building on Wyoming Avenue, in Scranton, Pa. Within a few hours it was opened, sorted, approved, numbered, sent along for processing. Thus the famed, 54-year-old International Correspondence Schools matriculated their 5,000,000th student.

With millions of education-hungry veterans soon to come home, neat, reserved President Ralph Emerson Weeks and his staff were looking confidently forward to many another such milestone.

Through lucid pamphlets written by outside experts, I.C.S. teaches...