The Santee Cooper GIS Laboratory was dedicated on May 20, 1997 by the Santee Cooper Electric Cooperative as an example of their dedication to the company’s mission of “Improving the quality of life for the people of South Carolina.  

Santee Cooper Electric Cooperative provided the College of Charleston with a one-time grant of $150,000 in 1997.  This generous grant was leveraged with additional resources from software and hardware companies to provide the most widely used GIS and remote sensing equipment for our students.   

The lab now receives part of the annual budget for the Geology Department in the School of Science and Math to offset the annual maintenance and upgrade costs for both the hardware and software.