The Escuela Profesional, which started its activities in academic year 1943-1944 with twenty-one students, now had more than 300, a figure that began to be significant in the field of ocational training. It was, like many of our other institutions, a creation, above all of Father José María and his slogan “socialising knowledge truly democratises power” is an accurate reflection of the motivation behind Eskola, one of his most cherished projects.
The Cooperación magazine was set up, later to become T.U. (Trabajo y Unión) and finally T.U. Lankide.
Caja Laboral’s first branch office was opened in a modest premises on Calle Ferrerías in Arrasate/Mondragón and shortly afterwards it moved to its current location at number 27 Calle Don José María Resusta (today Iturriotz Kalea) in the same town. Back then, the slogan libreta o maleta (savings book or suitcase) was popularised, in an attempt to convey the importance of savings to the development of the co-operatives and, by extension, the development of our country.