Santee Cooper Embraces Educators
As a former teacher, I know all too well about the trials of continuing education credits and license renewals. Many professional developments and workshops seem to repeat the same pedagogy methods and techniques over and over again.
Santee Cooper’s Energy Educators Institute is not your average teaching workshop. Actually, it is not a workshop at all. The session is a three-hour graduate level course accredited through Charleston Southern University for certified K-12 teachers and administrators.
July marked the 33rd year Santee Cooper has sponsored the Institute. More than 2,000 educators have participated in this course that explores the scientific concepts of energy, its sources, and the use and impact on the environment, economy, and society. The Institute is a three-week, engaging and interdisciplinary program that provides a real-world understanding of electric industry through presentations by energy experts, field experiences and hands-on activities. All the materials are relevant to South Carolina curriculum and correlated to state standards.
Santee Cooper is more than an electric and water utility. It is a vessel for improving the lives of the people of South Carolina. Santee Cooper does this by providing low-cost, efficient energy and clean water, leading environmental stewardship, promoting economic development, and providing professional development and resources to educators. Educational support goes far beyond attending career days for Santee Cooper. The utility has invested years of specialized programs, learning materials, resources and funding into the South Carolina school system.