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ENHANCING EDUCATION

AIKEN WORKS is an Aiken County collaborative to redefine individual success & provide opportunities to ensure highly-competent future employees.

HOW AIKEN WORKS

  • AIKEN WORKS teams up with local businesses to prepare students for the workforce through authentic hands-on paid experiences. The initiative will allow Aiken County’s students to develop employable skill sets, while building a highly capable future workforce for our community.
  • With 50% of Aiken County’s workers eligible to retire in the next five years, the need to train Aiken’s youth in highly-qualified and skilled trades and professions is essential to our community’s success.
  • Join the movement that will propel Aiken County forward as a hub of cyber technology, industrial manufacturing, health and energy.
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How do you define post-secondary success?

By: Sean Alford, Ph.D.

Traditionally, we have embraced a standard of college acceptance as the primary definition.  For a moment, consider two students – Terry and Toni. Both were past students of mine.  Solid students academically, single-parent home, a mother who battled issues and factors that would have her go missing for days at a time.  Our school family surrounded Terry and Toni. Fortunately, we supported them through their successful completion of high school.

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Are Parents Out of Touch with Careers in Manufacturing?

There’s plenty of concern about the retiring generation of industrial professionals and the potential shortage of skilled workers needed to fill new jobs created by revolutionary advances in automation and manufacturing technology.  Industry leaders remain hyper-focused on the challenges of encouraging high school and college students to pursue industrial careers. But according to a new survey, businesses and organizations that are promoting great careers in industrial automation and manufacturing to young people probably should spend more time reaching out to their parents.

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