2013-14 Act 59
Industry Recognized Certifications
Career and Technical Education Incentive Grants
On December 11, 2013, Act 59 was published which created an appropriation for career and technical education incentive grants. This appropriation incentivizes school districts to support career and technical education (CTE) programming which results in an industry-recognized certification designed to mitigate workforce shortages in industries or occupations identified in consultation with the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS).
- School Districts could only claim funds based on the number of students who met the following eligibility criteria:
- Certifications earned were on the Act 59 Approved 2014 Certifications List.
- Students graduated with a regular high school diploma or a technical education high school diploma in 2014.
- Funding is limited to $1000 per pupil regardless of the number certifications the student earned on the approved list.
DPI is in the final stages of verifying current certifications claimed by school districts. It is anticipated that school districts will receive their funds later this spring.
Approximately 3400 student claims were submitted. The total allocation for this grant program is $3 million. It is not possible to determine the final grant amounts until all certifications are verified. If more than 3000 students are deemed eligible upon final verification, the total appropriation will be prorated.
Please note that the CTE Technical Incentive Grants are not considered cost reimbursement grants. Accordingly, the project code assigned (577) to the funds is optional. Furthermore, funds do not need to be expended by the end of the fiscal year, June 30, 2015.
- Fund 0
- Source 630
- Project 577 (optional)
- Appn 244
- CFDA 255.950
The future of Act 59 remains unclear at this point. The 2015-17 Governor’s Budget Proposal calls for elimination of the Career and Technical Education Incentive Grants. The proposal outlines transferring the $3 million in funds to the Department of Workforce Development (DWD). DWD would be authorized to make “grants to school districts for the development of programs that are designed to mitigate workforce shortages in industries and occupations that are experiencing a workforce shortage, as determined by DWD, and to assist pupils in graduating with industry-recognized certifications in those industries and occupations.” This proposal would eliminate funding certainty for school districts as the grant money would no longer be contingent upon a student graduating with the credential.
This is only a proposal at this time. The Joint Committee on Finance (JCF) will be making decisions on the budget throughout this spring and the final outcome is dependent on what the JCF and legislature decide. This website will be updated as more information is available this spring.