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 2018 graduates will be due September 30, 2018.

DPI is in the process of developing a new online secure application for receiving grant documents. A webinar explaining the new application and the process for Class of 2018 students was conducted August 16, 2018. A recording is available at


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

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

For Class of 2019 students (who will graduate in or about June 2019), the official list can be found at
Note: This list applies to Class of 2019 and on graduates only. Use the Class of 2017 and 2018 list for your upcoming Class of 2018 grant submissions.

Adding New Certifications

DWD will accept applications to add new certifications to the Class of 2020 list. Applications to add new certifications to this list are OPEN at this time. Download the application form here.

All applications will be due by February 15, 2019. The list will be published by April 1, 2019, and would first affect students graduating in or about June 2020.

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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