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National 'Groundhog' Shadow Day Showcases a Variety of Career Choices

Personal experiences drive our everyday choices, and they also guide our career choices.

Aiken Works, the Aiken County community’s workforce development collaborative, joined in the recent excitement of National “Groundhog” Job Shadow Day on February 1, providing Aiken County Public School students with an inside perspective on possible career choices in businesses in and around Aiken County and throughout the CSRA.

The national initiative connects high school students with area professionals, allowing businesses and organizations to give them the opportunity to experience a typical day working in a field of the student’s choosing, and spanning a variety of industries. Students from all eight Aiken County Public High Schools spent the day shadowing industries ranging from cyber technology and energy to health science, industrial manufacturing and everything in between. Students asked questions, gained perspective and insight, and participated in hands-on experiences.

Dr. Jamie Carter of Southern Equine Service in Aiken hosted two students from South Aiken High School and one from Wagener-Salley High School, teaching them about the importance of both sports medicine and dentistry for horses. In sharing his knowledge and professional skill-set, he inspired the students to consider a future profession working in the animal health industry.      

“Job shadowing is a useful way for students to learn about a particular job of interest, and more importantly, shadowing can allow them to identify potential mentors and start building networks of contacts in their field,” commented Aiken Works Lead Larry Millstead.

Aiken Works is grateful to the 319 local companies and organizations that hosted our students.

Thank you to the following businesses and professional organizations for opening up their doors to students and allowing them to explore careers that interest them:

210 York Salon Access Chiropractic, Aiken County Public School District (ACPSD) Communications, ACPSD - Federal Programs, ACPSD - Financial Operations, ACPSD - Food Services, ACPSD - Superintendent, Aiken Augusta Window Tinting, Aiken County Career and Technology Center, Aiken County Code Enforcement, Aiken County Government (IT Department), Aiken County Historical Museum, Aiken County Sheriff's Office, Aiken County Solicitor's Office, Aiken Department of Public Safety, Aiken Elementary, Aiken Family YMCA, Aiken Hattery, Aiken High, Aiken Middle School, Aiken Overhead Doors, Aiken Pest Control, Aiken Pulmonary, Aiken Technical College, Aiken Veterinarian Clinic, Airgas Dry Ice, All-American Barber Shop, Alpek Polyester, Appearances Hair Salon, Appletree Academy, Arby's, Ark Animal Hospital, Art Nook School & Studio, ASCENSUS, ATI Physical Therapy, Atlantic Broadband, AU Health, AU Health Rehabilitation, AU Medical Center, Augusta Communications, B & H Pest Control, B Coiffed, B&B Loans, B2 Salon & Boutique, Bamberg Family Practice, Barnwell County Detention Center, Barnwell Police Department, Beckham Ruff Creative, Belvedere Elementary, Benton House of Aiken, Beyond Elegance, Beyoutiful Nail Salon, Bistro Eleven88, BK All American Company, LLC, Bosch, Bradley Heating & Plumbing, Breezy Hill Water and Sewer, Bridgestone, Bridgestone (Aiken PSR), Brittany Cason Interior Design, Broome’s Service Center, Burger King, Busbee Elementary School, Byrd Elementary School, C&R Tree Service, Carlstar Group, Carolina Heart and Vascular Center, Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, Children's Hospital of Georgia, Chukker Creek Elementary, Circle K, City Barber Shop, City of Aiken Recreation Parks & Tourism, Clearwater Elementary, Club Thrive Senior Activity Center, Columbia High School (Columbia, SC), Communigraphics, Composites One, Consolidated Planning, CPR Concrete and Pavement Restoration Inc., Creations Styling Salon, Culpepper Lumbar, Cuts n Colors by Karen, CVS Pharmacy,Dawn's Cleaning Service, Degraaf Chiropractic Clinic, Denmark-Olar Middle, Designing Women, Direct Auto Insurance, Doctor's Hospital, Dollar General, E2 Consulting Engineers Inc., East Aiken School of the Arts, Edgefield Vet Clinic, Edisto Dental Associates, Encompass Health, Eye Guys/Spec Vision Center, Fairview Early Childhood Center, Faith Academy School, Family Affair Childcare, Family Pharmacy, First Baptist Church of North Augusta, Fort Gordon Fire Department, Fortis College, Fox Creek High, Foxy Nails, Frog Hollow Tavern, Fulcher Hagler LLP, Fulmer's Electrical, Galloway's Auto Body, Gege's Salon, Gillam & Associates, Inc, Gloverville Elementary, Golds Gym. Grace UMC, Great Expressions Dental Centers, Greenbriar Middle School, Grumpy's Sports Pub, H&B Food Services, LLC, Hair Salon, Hammond Hill Elementary, Hampton Inn, Hansen International, HBC, Inc., Helms College/Goodwill, Hickory Ridge Farm, Hill Insurance Group, Hill Top Farm, Holley Heating & Air Conditioning, Home Health Care, Horse Creek Academy, Hubbell Power System, Hughes Supply, IHOP, Image Nail Spa, Ingenium Consulting, Ink Boy, Innovative Solutions, International Hair Care, J & S Accounting Services, J.D. Lever Elementary, Jarrett Rifles, Jefferson Elementary, JET Middle School, Jones Financial Services, Journey's Hair Studio, Keller Williams Realty of Augusta, Kendrick Paint and Body Shop, Kennedy Middle School, Kimball's Plumbing, Heating-Electrical & A/C LLC, Kimberly-Clark, Kroger, Kyle's Place, Lad N Lassie Christian School, Langley Drug, LBC Middle School, Leavelle McCampbell Middle School, Leda's Bridal Seams & Heams, Leon E. Green Attorney at Law, Letty's Cleaning Services, Luxury Nails, Magnolias Salon, Manpower, Master Connection, Matson Consultant, Mattress Man, MCG, Merriwether Elementary, Midland Valley Christian Academy, Midland Valley High School, Mike Rozier Construction, Millbrook Elementary School, Milos Tea Company, Milton Ruben Dealership, Miracle's Barber Shop, Montmorenci Volunteer Fire Department, Mossy Creek Elementary, Nail Palace, Natural Health Center of Aiken, Nesbit and McCutcheon Pediatrics, Nestle Pharmaceuticals, New Ellenton Middle School, New Ellenton Police Department, Newberry Hall, North Augusta Chamber of Commerce, North Augusta DMV, North Augusta Elementary, North Augusta High School, North Augusta Middle School, North Augusta Post Office, North Augusta Public Safety, Old School Tree Care, P S Clippers, Padgett's Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc., Palm Beach Tan, Palmetto Golf Company, Palmetto Health, Panache Hair Studio, Paradise Pointe Nails, Paredes & Paredes Investigations (Family Search), Paris Natural Nail Bar, Parsons, Paul Knox Middle School, Peach State Federal Credit Union, Performance Food Group, Physical Therapy of Augusta, Premier Construction Services, Inc, Pretty Nails, Production Concrete Grading, Progressive Therapy, ProSource Technical Services LLC, Proyecto Libertad Amway, Pruitt Health, R. Carson Kight DMD, LLC, Racer's Food Store, Red Shed Diner, Redcliffe Elementary School, Regal Nails, Remain at Home Health Care, Rhonda's Hair Design, Ridge Spring-Monetta Elementary, River Front Dental, River Ridge Academy, Riverchase Construction, Riverside Forest Productions, Riverstone Realty, Ronald D. Lee, DMD, Roof's Heating and Air, Royal Image Hair Studio, Sage Valley Golf Club, Saint Mary Help of Christians School, Salon 512, Satcher Ford Motor Company, Savannah River National Laboratory, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, Savannah River Remediation, SC National Guard, SC Oncology Associates, SCE&G (Dominion Energy – Cayce, SC), SCE&G (Urquhart Station), Serenity Hair Salon, Serott Maddocks Evans & Co CPA, Shadow Trailer World, Shellhouse Funeral Home, Signarama, Signature Hair Design, Silver Bluff Animal Hospital, Silver Bluff High School, Simplee Slayyed, Sky Nails, SmartStyle Hair Salon, SMBG & M LLC, Snazzy's, South Aiken High School, South Aiken Physical Therapy, Southern Charm, Southern Equine Service, Southern Thunder Dance Studio, Spa Trale at Village at Woodside, Special Effects Hair Studio, Spiralx Sarco, Sport Clips, SRNS, State Farm, Sunset View Mortuary, Tangles of Evans, Tanglez Hair Salon, Target, The Executive Chair Barbershop, The Furniture Connection, The Hair Garage, The Job Connection, The Palm Property Group, The Petal Shoppe (Florist), The Reserve Club, The Sunshine House, Therapeutic Interventions of Georgia, Therapy Solutions, Thomson Allstate, Tiffany Pediatrics, Tiffany's Greatest Haircuts, Total Comfort Solutions, Tractor Supply Company, Trina's Home Health Care, Trinity on Laurens, Tru Green, Twin Willows Medical and Dental Center, U.S. Department of Energy SRS, University Hospital, University Medical Associates of Aiken, Up & Up Marketing (Greenville, SC), UpakNship Warehouse (Graniteville), Uptown Kuts, USC Aiken – Admissions, USC Aiken - Athletic Department, USC Aiken - Career Services, USC Aiken – Maintenance, USC Aiken - Sports Medicine, USC Aiken - Student Life & Services, VA Medical Center (Aiken CBOC), Valmet, Inc., Veterans Cerakote, Veterinary Healthcare Associates, WAAW (94.7), WAFJ (88.3), Walking Tall Ministries, Wardlaw Academy, Warrenville Elementary, Weichert Realtors (Pendarvis Company), Wells Fargo, Westwood Extended Care (AU Health), Whatley Place (Meybohm Realty), Williamsons Auto Center, Williston Elko High School, YoungLife Aiken, Your Pie and Zeus.

For information regarding the Aiken Works workforce development collaborative, visit us online at or contact Larry Millstead at (803) 646-8985 or



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