Students at Bureau Valley High School will have the opportunity to improve and expand their work-based learning through supervised agricultural experiences (SAE).
Supervised agricultural experiences are an integral part of the agricultural education program and provides student the opportunity to extend their learning beyond the classroom and school day. The student’s experience may be entrepreneurial, placement, exploratory of scientific in nature.
Students are encouraged to identify a SAE which falls into one of the many career pathways.
The grants to support students’ work-based learning are funded from the agriculture, food and natural resources (AFNR) science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning exchange. The AFNR STEM learning exchange was established by the Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education and the Illinois Foundation FFA. The AFNR STEM learning exchange is funded through a contract with the Illinois State Board of Education. This is part of Illinois Pathways, a new and innovative state of Illinois led STEM education initiative designed to support college and career readiness for all students. Funding for this initiative is from the U.S. Department of Education Race to the Top Initiative in the amount of $430,000.