Supervised Agricultural Experience

sae partThe Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) is an integral part of a student’s agricultural education because students with an SAE learn by doing. Work experience is a required part of the total program of agriscience & technology. Students are expected to secure some form of meaningful work experience that will help them develop the skills and knowledge that are taught in the academic agricultural class. Our program requires sophomores, juniors, and seniors to complete a required number of hours per year in an approved SAE project. Agriscience and Technology staff assist students’ projects by scheduling onsite SAE visits during the summer. With help from their agricultural teachers, students may develop a project based on one or more of the SAE categories:

Entrepreneurship
Own and operate an agricultural business (e.g. a lawn care service, a pay-to-fish operation, holiday poinsettia production and sales.)

Placement
Get a job or internship on a farm or ranch, at an agriculture-based business, or in a school or factory laboratory.

Research and Experimentation
Plan and conduct a scientific experiment. (e.g. Determine whether the phases of the moon affect plant growth, or test and determine the efficacy of different welding methods.)

Exploratory
Explore careers in agriculture by attending an agriculture career fair, or creating a report or documentary on the work of a veterinarian.