areas. Christmas lights fill beautiful Hopelands Gardens in December, and the
downtown area hosts the unique sport
of Lobster Racing each May.
Lifelong Learning Opportunities
Aiken is home to the University of
South Carolina at Aiken, with 2,636 full-time students. The school is the number one public comprehensive college
in the South, according to U.S. News
& World Report’s America’s Best Colleges guide. This marks the ninth consecutive year that USCA has ranked in
at least one of the top three categories.
USCA awards baccalaureate degrees in
35 major areas of study and master’s
degrees in three areas. In addition, the
institution offers a varied program of
non-credit continuing education courses for the surrounding and extended
The Aiken Regional Medical Center is
the primary local hospital. Other hospitals
and medical centers near Aiken are the
Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, St. Joseph’s
Hospital, and the Georgia Regional Hospital roughly 20 miles away in Augusta, GA.
The Toyota Technical Center and
Aiken County, SC, have entered into an
agreement in which Toyota Technical
Center has leased 1,640 square feet of
laboratory and support space in Aiken
County’s Center for hydrogen research.
Here, Toyota performs research and development on hydrogen fuel components
necessary for the next generation of fuel
cell powered vehicles. Fuel cell vehicles
are widely regarded as the most promising future technology for environmentally friendly transportation systems.