Adult Education in the 1950s

Adult Education

 

From the beginning, KRMA offered educational programming for children and adults. KRMA felt it had a responsibility to teach life and business skills to all members of the community. Adult education programs were selected to accommodate the huge waiting lists at the Emily Griffith Opportunity School.
Adult education programs, produced in collaboration with the Emily Griffith Opportunity School, covered these topics and many more: upholstery, personality and grooming, parenting, home decorating, family finance, cooking, cake decorating, millinery and sewing.

One hugely popular class was shorthand. Study kits accompanied the class and a certificate was given to those who passed. One woman who took the shorthand course received a $30 a week raise.

Another popular class was "Artists Today," a series of 30-minute telecasts taught by an Opportunity School teacher. And "Parents and Preschoolers" was so popular that several series under this title were produced.

Also broadcast was a half-hour program that taught the basics of investing called "Your Money and You." Again, the popularity of the program prompted another series with similar content.

"Woman’s Home Opportunity" was certainly a reflection of its time. It was a series of daily programs designed for homemakers. Here's how it was broadcast:

            “Fashion Magic” (Mondays)
            “Food, Facts, and Fun” (Tuesdays)
            “Family Dollars and Sense” (Wednesdays)
            “Home Upholstery” (Thursdays)
            “Your Career in the Home” (Fridays)

During the 1950s and '60s, many cultural programs were presented by Denver-area high school choirs and the Denver Symphony Orchestra. Performances were held at the studio and broadcast live to Denver homes.

Did you know?

  • The waiting list for preschool classes at the Opportunity School rarely fell below 1,000.
  • The waiting list for art programs at the Opportunity School was around 800.
  • Art critics gave "Artists Today" excellent reviews and helped lend prestige to the program.
  • KRMA once considered producing a program called "Personal Grooming For Business Girls."

Sources:

  • Station’s Archived Memories (SAM) archives of Rocky Mountain PBS
  • The Denver Post, 1956

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