The National Science Foundation TCUP Initiative has allowed OLC to build and equip three major laboratories the Lakota Center for Science and Technology. These are for GIS/Remote Sensing, Analytical Chemistry, and a Wet/Prep laboratory. The center also houses a mobile analytical laboratory and GeoProbe (R). This infrastructure has significantly increased the usage of new technology at OLC.
The Analytic laboratory has received EPA certification for microbe analysis of water samples. This will allow the laboratory to analyze water samples for the Pine Ridge Rural Water agency. This will be the first commercial venture of the facility, and it will also lead to new research projects involving more undergraduate students. Several students have been trained in laboratory procedures and are employed as teaching assistants in OLC chemistry laboratory courses.
The GIS Remote Sensing Laboratory has been a center for academic, research and community outreach programs. The GIS remote sensing has an extensive collection of geospatial imagery as well as the latest versions of ArcGIS and ERDAS IMAGINE that are available for student and community usage.
The GeoProbe (C) has been used to enhance Soils courses and other Earth Science classes and has been instrumental in several collaborations with other area universities. The completion of the mobile laboratory will increase the availability of many services.
The laboratories are also being used to supplement science courses. GIS is used in many of the upper level courses, and as the Analytical lab gets completed its services will be included in the curriculum as well.