CTE Technical Incentive Grants

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 are eligible to apply for these funds.
  • Only certifications on the approved 2014 list are eligible to receive funding for class of 2014 graduates.
  • Only pupils who have earned a regular high school diploma or a technical education high school diploma qualify as eligible for the purposes of this appropriation.
  • Funding is limited to $1000 per pupil regardless of the number certifications the student has earned on the approved list.


Funds Allocation:
CTE Technical Incentive Grants are not cost reimbursement grants. Accordingly, there will not be a project code assigned to the grant and the funds do NOT need to be expended by the end of the fiscal year, June 30, 2015. The source code will also be identified in the aids register upon payment.

Workforce Shortages Process:

  • Labor market information was shared with DPI by DWD. 
  • WTCS and DWD both approved the process for analysis used by DPI to determine workforce shortages.
  • Occupations with workforce shortages fell into 15 of the 16 Career Clusters excluding Government & Public Administration occupations.


Multiple factors and considerations were used to compile the approved certifications list for 2014-15. DPI staff reviewed a comprehensive list of both national and state certifications in the six career and technical education content areas; Agriculture and Natural Resources, Business and IT, Family and Consumer Science, Marketing and Entrepreneurship, Health Science, and Technology and Engineering which align with the 15 Career Clusters indicated as experiencing workforce shortages.  The following guidelines were considered for placement on this listing.

  • Certifying Agency
    • Is the certifying agency nationally recognized within the industry sector?
    • Is the certifying agency accredited if it is an educational institution?
    • Is the certifying agency a Wisconsin state agency?
  • Certification Validity
    • Is the certification endorsed by multiple companies within the industry sector?
    • Is a person with this certification considered more “desirable” or “hirable” by companies within the industry sector?
    • Is the certification recognition transferable to another company within the industry sector?
  • Certification Program
    • Is training and certification eligibility accessible by high school students?
    • Is the certifying program comprehensive and rigorous enough to provide for technical skill practice and attainment?
    • Does the certification training target only one occupational task?
    • Were the certification requirements, training, and skill assessments reviewed, validated, and/or endorsed by industry sector representatives?
    • Does the certification provide entrance into further education and training if desired by the student?

This list will be reviewed annually and modified in response to labor market information and emerging certifications.


For questions about this information, contact Robin Kroyer-Kubicek (608) 266-2022