To best successful in today's world of work, students need practical skills, many of which can be learned only through hands-on, work-based situations. The strength of your program rests on your commitment to developing opportunities for students to build these skills through the work-based learning element of agricultural education--supervised agricultural experience programs (SAEs). This chapter illustrates what constitutes a quality SAE and provides innovative tips for meeting students' career interests and goals.

A Component of Agricultural Education

An SAE program is a planned practical agricultural activity which supports skill and competency development, career success and application of specific agricultural and academic skills a student has learned through classroom instruction in agricultural education.