A tradition of learning in support of technical work

Workforce and Education: South Carolina’s Aiken-Edgefield-Saluda Region

The Aiken, Edgefield, and Saluda region has a long tradition of highly technical and technologically advanced work — from the federal Savannah River Site to some of America’s most quality-conscious manufacturers.



Supporting that tradition demands a highly skilled workforce that’s ready to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing economy, which is why our area has long placed an emphasis on developing the workers that the business and industrial community needs. It starts at the K-12 level with career-focused programs such as the Career and Technical Center and our Pre-Engineering curriculum. At the higher education level, we’ve incorporated highly specialized coursework in subjects such as science and technology, advanced manufacturing, and nuclear science. In fact, Aiken Technical College has a facility that’s focused exclusively on advanced manufacturing.

In addition to the standard coursework available through higher education providers, such as the University of South Carolina Aiken, we work with companies to create customized education and training programs that can be delivered in the classroom, or presented at the employer’s site — and we can identify funding sources to help defray the costs of offering these programs.

In Aiken, Edgefield, and Saluda Counties, we’re proud to say “Manufacturing Works: Build A Career On It.”

Available Sites & Buildings

If you’re thinking about bringing your business to South Carolina’s Aiken, Edgefield, and Saluda region, we’re ready to accommodate you with a broad variety of existing facilities and ready-to-build sites.



When you’re competing in the global marketplace, connectivity and fast access are critical. The Aiken, Edgefield, McCormick, and Saluda region’s location in western South Carolina will put your business at the heart of a very fluid transportation grid, no matter which modes are important for you.