Supervised Agriculture Experience Projects
With supervised agricultural experience programs (SAEs), a student designs a program to gain hands-on experience and develop skills in agricultural career areas that interest them.
A SAE program is the actual, hands-on application of concepts and principles learned in the agricultural education classroom. Students are supervised by agricultural education teachers in cooperation with parents, employers and other adults who assist them in the development and achievement of their educational and career goals. There are four types of SAEs available for students at the Cass Career Center:
Beginning students "explore" which aspect of the agriculture and natural resource industry they are interested in through supervised study and observation. Example programs include: volunteering at a local vet office, observing wildlife in forests, helping build a picnic table, etc..
Students will develop and design a scientific experiment related to animal science, plant science, food science, or natural resources. Example programs include: testing the type of fertilizer needed to grow bedding plants, testing the water quality of streams near Harrisonville, studying the affect of ethanol production on food product prices with corn in them, etc..
Students own a business, plants, or animals related to the agriculture or natural resource industry. Example programs include: owning a horse, owning a lawn mowing service, raising quail, operating a cow/calf herd, etc..
In this SAE, students work for a business in agriculture or natural resources. Example programs include: working at local farm, training horses, working at a local feed store, bailing hay in the summer, etc..