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The Career and Technical Education Incentive Grant program incentivizes Wisconsin school districts to offer high-quality career and technical education programs to meet workforce needs in key industries facing shortages of qualified entry level workers.

District incentive grants provide up to $1,000 per recent graduate earning a certification from the approved certifications list. Student completion awards of $500 per eligible certification are available for students earning specific certifications.

Program Updates

  • New for 2024: Claims submitted for Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) certification require a completed form to be uploaded with each CNA claims associated with the official registry. Find the CNA form through the Training & Resources tab.
  • The claims submission window for the Class of 2023 is closed. More than 11,000 claims were submitted! The reviewers started reviewing them in October. After all claims are reviewed, the program lead will notify claim submission staff of the opening of the claim correction phase, estimated to be in March 2024. Be sure to watch for email from!
  • Wondering how the CTE program works, how to prepare documentation, or how to improve your local activities? Training and other resources are accessed through the Training & Resources tab.
    • The recommended sequence is:
      • CTE Overview and Onboarding – great for staff new to the program or those who want to make sure they know all the basics.
      • CTE Document Preparation and Best Practices – required for anyone who submits claims and highly recommended for anyone who prepares documents or wants to learn how to run a more efficient and effective program.
      • CTE Class of 2023 Claims Submission Process – focuses on how to navigate the DPI claims portal and submit claims.
    • One session is recorded and available on demand. Two are available as .pdfs.
  • Find the published 2023-2024 CTE Approved Certification List in the Annual Approved Certification List section.
  • Class of 2022 district incentive grant payments to school districts should have been received by the end of June 2023. If your district was eligible for payment but did not receive it, please contact the DWD CTE program lead.
  • DWD processed the Class of 2022 student completion award checks. Graduates should have received them by the end of June 2023.

Annual Approved Certification Lists

A student may earn certifications at any time in their high school education, but the district may submit district incentive grant claims only in the year the student graduates. Certifications must have been approved in the years in which they were earned. Certifications and documentation requirements can change; therefore, district staff submitting claims should follow documentation requirements on the lists. For example, use the Class of 2021 list to confirm that a certification earned in Dec. of 2020 was approved for that year, but use the 2022-23 list to know what the documentation requirements are to support the claim submitted with the Class of 2023.

Annual Approved Certifications Lists

Contact Us

To contact the CTE incentive grants team, email: Submit a Help Ticket to receive assistance with the CTE Portal. The Department of Workforce Development, Department of Public Instruction, and Wisconsin Technical College System Office work together to support the program.