Career and Technical Education (CTE) Incentive Grants

About CTE Incentive Grants

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Incentive Grant program was established on December 11, 2013, by Wisconsin Act 59. Grants from this program incentivize school districts to offer high-quality career and technical education programs that mitigate workforce shortages in key industries and occupations. The grants reimburse up to $1,000 for each pupil in a school district earning an approved industry-recognized certification.

Administering this program requires the collaboration of several state Departments. The Department of Workforce Development (DWD), with the consultation of the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and the Wisconsin Technical College System Office (WTCS), will create an approved list of industries and occupations with workforce shortages, and an accompanying list of industry-recognized certifications, each year. Only students who have earned certifications on that list will be valid for reimbursement under these grants.

Applying for Grant Funds

School districts must apply annually to the DPI with a listing of their students that have earned approved certifications, and provide supporting documentation for each certification. Please see to apply. Applications for Class of 2017 graduates will be due September 30, 2017.

A webinar explaining the process was conducted Monday, June 5, 2017 from 9:30-10:00 a.m.

Watch the CTE Grant Webinar or view the CTE Grant Webinar PowerPoint.


Approved Certifications List

A list of approved certifications was initially developed in 2014 between DPI and DWD, which was used for the Class of 2014 students (who graduated in or about June 2014).

For Class of 2016 students (who graduated in or about June 2016), the official list can be found at

Any students that were enrolled in certificates approved on the Class of 2016 list and earned those certificates during or before the 2016-17 school year will be recognized, even if the certificate has been removed from this list or the requirements have been changed.

For Class of 2017 and/or Class of 2018 students (who will graduate in or about June 2017 or June 2018), the official list can be found at

Adding New Certifications

Applications to add new certifications to this list are OPEN at this time. Download the application form here.  DWD is in the process of creating the official Class of 2019 list, which will be published by April 1, 2018. This list will go into effect for students graduating in 2019.

All applications, and any other questions regarding this page can be sent to the following contact:

Jamie Bernthal
Division of Employment and Training, DWD
Phone: (608) 267-7210

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