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Supervised Agricultural Experience

  1. The SAE can be about any agricultural related topic of interest in addition to the primary Pathway.
  2. There are many kinds of SAEs including volunteer, paid, research, online study, at home, at school, workplace.
  3. Students may have more than one SAE.
  4. Time spent researching, planning, resourcing and writing counts as loggable hours.
  5. Class time will be allocated to guiding students through the process.
  6. Learning by doing and career ready practices are main goals for this experience.
  7. All SAEs follow State of Connecticut Labor Laws as required for Agriscience programs, to ensure student safety.
  8. The requirements are: sophomores/juniors/seniors 150 hours each year.

Before students get started, a few tips:

  • The SAE must be reviewed by an Agriscience teacher before it is signed and submitted for final approval.
  • SAE hours can be logged once final approval is received, but not before.
  • Some SAEs require additional state paperwork and approval and some do not; this depends on the type of placement and the age of the student. 
Will students be required to go to a place of business to get their required SAE hours?

Only if it fits into their schedule and aligns to their passion in agriscience. There are many avenues to achieving enriching SAE experiences including research projects, entrepreneurships and showmanship. Many opportunities can take place at the agriscience program or at home.

For more information, see the the CT State Dept. of Education SAE Placement Manual Document, SAE Placement Manual.