True learning occurs in more places than just the classroom. When students apply knowledge by their own choosing in their lives (oftentimes away from school), they transfer their learning into experience which oftentimes leads to a successful career. A student's Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) is a formal way to gain that experience under the supervision of their agricultural teacher.
Student SAEs may consist of internship/placement opportunities, entrepreneurial/ownership ventures, personal research/agriscience projects, student-led service-learning, a student-led school-based enterprise, or be of an exploratory nature. Students document their projects through an electronic portfolio known as an SAE Record Book. In this, they track their personal goals, skills attained, and financial records for their business and personal lives. Instruction within the classroom and at visitations from the teacher enable students to make wise decisions for themselves year-round and into their future careers and lives.