PINOPOLIS — This summer, Santee Cooper provided hands-on experience in energy-industry fields to three Chesterfield County educators, as part of the 29th annual Energy Educators Institute series at the Wampee Conference Center.
“I was surprised at the shared vision and positive outlook and attitude of everyone, including presenters, participants and Santee Cooper staff,” said Laura Folger, a second through sixth grade language arts and mathematics teacher for special education at McBee Elementary School. “There was no negativity from anyone, nothing but positive all week!”
Joey Mills, a driver education instructor at Cheraw High School, and April Wright, a K-6 resource teacher at McBee Elementary School, also attended the summer institute.
More than 70 educators from across the state participated in this graduate-level course, receiving interdisciplinary materials while gaining new knowledge and understanding about complex topics, including the production of electricity and the opportunities and challenges of renewable energy. This was illustrated through field experiences and tours of Santee Cooper facilities.
Santee Cooper held three institutes this summer. Each of the four-day institutes included trips to Santee Cooper’s Jefferies Generating Station, the Old Santee Canal Park and industrial customer Alcoa-Mount Holly. Teachers also participated in hands-on learning activities and unit planning sessions, and they connected directly with Santee Cooper experts on topics such as energy efficiency and conservation, renewable energy, environmental resources, power generation, transmission, distribution, electrical safety, water quality and utility economics.
“The Energy Educators Institute provides an optimum environment where educators with diverse teaching backgrounds from across the state come together to share ideas and experiences,” said Barbara Allen, Santee Cooper’s director of educational programs. “Not only are they provided access to a broad range of resources from Santee Cooper for enhancing student learning, but they leave the institute with a new network of professional colleagues.”
Santee Cooper is South Carolina’s largest power producer, largest Green Power generator and the source of electricity for 2 million people across the state.