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Carl Perkins: Career and Technical Education (CTE) Nontraditional Occupations (NTO) Grant Opportunity 2023-24

Wisconsin faces employment shortages in a number of high-skill, high-wage, and in-demand occupations as evidenced through the New Skills for Youth (NSFY) three-year project. This nontraditional occupations (NTO) grant is targeted to increase engagement of NTO gender students to consider these career fields and may be used to provide support for successful completion of an NTO pathway.

The term "nontraditional occupations" means occupations or fields of work for which individuals from one gender comprise less than 25 percent of the individuals employed in each such occupation or field of work. This one-time award is available to support career and technical education (CTE) initiatives with a clear NTO focus. The aim is to increase engagement and support that lead to successful outcomes of students in an NTO career pathway.

Further, quality NTO education depends upon community and industry partnerships in order to close the skills and wage gap between traditionally underrepresented groups (gender groups including economically disadvantaged students, students of color, and other special populations) in these occupations. Applicants must demonstrate robust stakeholder involvement in planning and implementation.


This award is available to support CTE initiatives that have a clear NTO focus toward increased engagement and support leading to successful outcomes of students in a NTO career pathway. Applicants demonstrate direct industry, community-based organization or postsecondary stakeholder involvement.

Eligible Applicants

The CESAs, acting as the fiscal agents for the Regional Career Pathway collaboratives, may apply for the NTO grant. Applications are reviewed for an NTO focus within a high-skill, high-wage, or in-demand field or pathway.

Funding Availability

There is a minimum of $4,000, with a maximum of $7,000 per application.

Grant Period

Grants shall be for the period of September 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024. All activities and purchases must fall within this timeframe.

Reports and Questions

Recipients will be required to submit an end-of-year report and financial claims to DPI prior to September 30, 2023.

Questions about the form or allowable expenditures should be directed to Christine Lenske, Grants Specialist, Career and Technical Education Team, at

Application Due Date

Applications must be submitted electronically to and received by 11:59 pm on July 14.

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NTO Grant Application Now Available – Due July 14, 2023

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