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 has completed verifying the current certifications claimed by school districts. It is anticipated that school districts will receive their funds in June 2015.
CTE Technical Incentive Grants are recognized as revenue at the time of receipt. They are a state appropriation for which specific revenue recognition criteria was met prior to receiving the funds. The grants are incentive grants and not cost reimbursement so costs are not tracked with a project code. Receipt of the funds should be accounted for in fund 10, source 630. A listing of all aid payments made by the Department of Public Instruction is available at http://sfs.dpi.wi.gov/aid_info
Furthermore, funds do not need to be expended by the end of the fiscal year, June 30, 2015.
Project 577 (optional)
3413 student claims were submitted from 228 school districts. Of this number, 461 were found to be ineligible records for at least one of the following reasons:
- A student earned more than one certificate;
- A student did not graduate by August 31, 2014;
- The certificate was not on the Act 59 Approved 2014 Certifications List; and/or
- Data verification checks revealed that the student did not actually earn/pass/complete the approved certificate.
The total allocation for this grant program was $3 million. Upon final verification, 2952 students were confirmed eligible for funding, resulting in $1000 per student to be distributed to the school district.
The 2015-17 Governor’s Budget Proposal called for elimination of the Career and Technical Education Incentive Grants as currently administered by DPI. The proposal outlined transferring the yearly $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.”
The Joint Committee on Finance (JCF) voted on May 7, 2015 to transfer the $6 million ($3 million each year) allocation to DWD to administer the grant program to school districts as it is currently administered by DPI. This transfer does not become official until the passage of the budget by the legislature and the Governor signs the 2015-17 budget. However, in anticipation of claims for 2015, DPI recommends retaining a copy of any certificates that have been earned by seniors (Class of 2015), during any part of their high school years, in order to claim 2015 grant funds.