School of Ag & Environment announce One to Watch Award winners

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Assiniboine Community College has announced the School of Agriculture and Environment’s 2020 One to Watch award recipients.

“We are pleased to recognize these graduates who have excelled during their time at Assiniboine,” said Tim Hore, Dean of Agriculture & Environment. “Their diligence and commitment to achieving high standards across both academic and extra-curricular activities has resulted in each of these recipients being named One to Watch for their respective programs.”

Twelve students received awards within the academic school. Recipients were selected based on a set of criteria including academic merit, leadership, contributions to student life, community involvement and volunteerism. For Jeremy Miller, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) graduate, the award was a pleasant surprise, after completing his studies in both GIS and Civil Engineering Technology (CET).

"Getting hands-on experience with the software used in the industry was by far the most enjoyable thing to me, in both GIS and CET. Now that I'm using it daily at work, it makes the days fly by," said Jeremy.

The GIS program equips graduates with current GIS technologies and how to use them to solve real-world problems—throughout the program using remote sensing, global positioning systems (GPS), and drone technology to detail minute variations in land, water, vegetation and nutrient conditions. Graduates have the opportunity to work almost anywhere: government, private industry and community organizations.

"I'm currently working with the City of Brandon in their GIS department, gaining lots of great experience, and working with some wonderful people. With this position being temporary for the summer, I've begun searching for other employment where I can start growing roots", said Jeremy.

In prior years, One to Watch awards have been presented in-person at the Student Achievement Celebration dinner. However, with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year's event was cancelled.

School of Ag & Environment One to Watch Award recipients

Program Recipient
Agribusiness Pamala Kerkowich
Baking Foundations Wei Zhu
Civil Technician Tetiana Melnichenko
Civil Technology: Municipal Engineering Kyle Martin
Communications Engineering Technology: Wireless Wenbin Zhang
Culinary Arts Sherilyn Grant
Environmental Technologies: Land & Water Management Rute Salemon
Geographic Information Systems Jeremy Miller
Horticulture Production Daniel Giesbrecht
Hotel & Restaurant Management Ravinder Kaur
Food Processing Molakdeep Panesar
Sustainable Food Systems

Gurdeep Kaler