This summer A.C.E.S. Energy hired an undergraduate from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and helped a student from Wayne Central School District complete his 40 hour internship requirement to allow them to explore their interests in renewable energy. Jake Gauger, a junior from Wayne Central, has an interest in sustainable energy, especially geothermal technology. His dad had worked with A.C.E.S. doing some construction work and asked if they would take his son on a few digs so he could explore his career interests. A.C.E.S. was more than happy to give Jake some experience in the field. He has had the opportunity to work on several projects including a geothermal installation in Canandaigua, NY and one at St. Elizabeth Anne Seton's Church in Hamlin, NY. Over the period of one work week, Jake was able to experience both the mental and physical labors of installing a geothermal system. Every project is different, and he has done almost everything from moving rocks in the trenches to strategically laying out the piping. Jake says "the geothermal unit itself is pretty technical, so you do need some knowledge on how to lay out the supply and return lines," which he has picked up on the job. In the future, he hopes to attend Morrisville college and major in renewable energy. He says that geothermal is what he expected and he is interested in pursuing a career specifically in the field.
A.C.E.S. also hired Ashley Miller, a freshman undergraduate at SUNY-ESF majoring in Environmental Resources Engineering. Ashley has had some experience at college working with small scale sustainability techniques, but she was interested in exploring some larger technologies such as geothermal and solar over the summer. A.C.E.S. offered Ashley a job working in advertising and promotion for the company. With this opportunity she is able to travel to several job sites, perform costumer interviews, and overall get a better understanding for how the entire company works from installation to advertising. She says "even after just a few weeks working with A.C.E.S. I already feel like a spokesperson for geothermal energy, something my classmates haven't even begun studying yet. I am very grateful for the opportunity." Ashley plans on graduating from SUNY-ESF in four years with a bachelor's degree in Environmental Resources Engineering.