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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

  • The deadline to notify the DWD CTE program lead of errors in claims approvals for pay is 4:00 pm on May 5, 2023. Districts were notified on April 26 that they should log in to the CTE TIG application (claims portal) and view their approval for pay status for their district's claims.
  • The 2022-23 Approved Certifications List has been published! You can find it below in the Annual Approved Certification Lists.

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 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.