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“Back to School” Zone Safety, Energy Educators and Overton Beach Park


July 26, 2017   By Raechel Blitchington, Summer Intern in Education

Watch out for children soon. School will be back in session next month as summer is winding down.

As though it traveled at the speed of light, summer is somehow already coming to a close.

With a few weeks left of summer vacation, Santee Cooper families are beginning to prepare for going back to school. From stocking up on binders to finding the perfect outfit for the first day, it’s time to trade beach bags for book bags.

A summer fun reminder: Santee Cooper’s Overton Beach Park on Lake Moultrie will have an abbreviated schedule this season, and its last day is Sunday, Aug. 13. This is due to a lack of lifeguards for the remainder of the summer, and many are college students.

School begins on Aug. 17 in Berkeley County, Aug. 22 in Georgetown County and Aug. 23 in Horry County. With school back in session, everyday life seems to get more hectic. The roads are busier, the crosswalks are full and school-zone speeds sneak up on even the most cautious driver. To make sure you and your kids stay safe as the transition from summer... Continue Reading >>

Here’s one thing your child’s teacher may have done this summer


August 03, 2016   By Willard Strong in

Teachers have some selfie fun at Santee Cooper's Energy Educators Institute this summer.

In a few weeks, the state’s public school teachers go back to work, but do you know how nearly 85 educators from across South Carolina spent the summer?

For the 31 st consecutive year, classroom teachers and administrative personnel spent a week at Santee Cooper’s Wampee Conference Center in Pinopolis, S.C.

It’s called the Energy Educators Institute , and the educators get hands-on experience by learning about the electric utility industry in general and Santee Cooper in particular.

They visited a generating station, heard presentations by energy efficiency experts, took a boat ride through the Pinopolis Lock and even went canoeing at Santee Cooper’s Old Santee Canal Park .

Santee Cooper held three institutes this summer. They began on July 5 and ended on July 22. Hands-on learning activities and unit-planning sessions are the cornerstone of the experience. The educators receive three graduate-level... Continue Reading >>

Meet a Santee Cooper intern


June 07, 2016   By Nicholas DeSanto, Summer Intern in Education

Nick DeSanto is an intern in Santee Cooper’s Corporate Communications department.

My name is Nicholas DeSanto, and I am an Intern in the Corporate Communications department at Santee Cooper, and a rising senior film major at the Art Institute of Charleston.

In my major, I am specializing in cinematography and getting a background in sports broadcasting, and this first blog I have ever done.

This is my second summer working at Santee Cooper and I can say without reservation that I have learned and seen so much. Last year, I worked very closely with the Santee Cooper Environmental Intern program. That was a significant year because was a celebration of its 25 th year and yes, participants are college students like me.

As a video intern, I was able to follow the Environmental Interns around to various working sites around the company. I experienced a lot of different and interesting aspects of Santee Cooper and saw things I would never have guessed that I would see in my lifetime.

I went up to the top of a... Continue Reading >>

Summer Camp for Educators


July 29, 2015   By Nicole Aiello in Education
When you send your children to summer camp, you expect that they'll learn some new skills and return to you a little bit smarter than when they left. You also want them to have some fun and make new friends. At Santee Cooper, we offer something similar, but it's for adults only.

Santee Cooper's Energy Educators Institute is an interactive, graduate-level course accredited through Charleston Southern University for certified South Carolina K-12 teachers and administrators. It's a three-week course during the summer that includes an in-person element, where educators explore firsthand the scientific concepts of energy, including its sources, uses and impact on the environment, economy and society.

During the first and third weeks, participants will interact and complete assignments online. During the second week, however, the program gets more hands on with a required four-day residential stay so participants can immerse themselves in the subject of... Continue Reading >>

Environmental Intern Program Celebrates 25 Years


July 15, 2015   By Kevin F. Langston in Education
Several years ago, Santee Cooper polled the people of South Carolina to gauge how much they knew about us.

One of the biggest takeaways was most South Carolinians didn't know a whole lot about Santee Cooper unless they were either an electric customer or a fan of lakes Marion and Moultrie — commonly called the "Santee Cooper Lakes" or, simply, "Santee Cooper" among boaters and anglers.

Santee Cooper is much more than an electric and water utility. Our mission is to be the state's leading resource for improving the quality of life for the people of South Carolina through:

Producing and distributing low-cost, reliable energy, water, and other essential services Providing excellent customer service Operating according to the highest ethical standards Maintaining a quality workforce Being a leader in economic development Being a steward of the environment

So, we set out 25 years ago to educate the people... Continue Reading >>