Before online courses were offered at PTC and other colleges, there were telecourses.  This brochure describes the telecourse modality as "a complete and integrated instructional system that generally includes television programs, a text book, and a variety of other instructional materials...."  The number of actual class meetings was much fewer than in a traditional course, allowing for independence and freedom of scheduling.  So, the telecourses were one part of the ongoing effort of PTC and all of South Carolina's technical colleges to accommodate working students' schedules. That effort continues today.