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CTE Technical Incentive Grants


School Districts can claim funds annually based on the number of students who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Certifications earned were on the approved graduating year Certifications List.
  • Students graduated with a regular high school diploma or a technical education high school diploma.
  • Funding is limited to $1000 per pupil regardless of the number certifications the student earned on the approved list.

Class of 2021 Applications

  • The Class of 2021 grant claims application will be open on Monday, May 24, through the DPI WISEsecure Home access.
  • Verify certificate eligibility with the Class of 2021 Approved Certifications List.
    • Certifications are organized by category: Youth Apprenticeship (YA), DPI State Co-Op, Business and Industry, Wisconsin Technical College, Pre-Apprenticeship (not YA).
    • Note the documentation required in the last column.
  • To learn more, watch this instructional webinar.
  • Follow the directions to enter Class of 2021 claims.
  • Student Award Money
    • Students completing an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), Firefighter 1, Firefighter 2, or Firefighter Inspector certificate will receive $500 for EACH according to Wis. State Stats. §106.273.
    • Obtain a student address for the next calendar year in order to enter the claim
    • Provide these forms and directions to eligible students

Class of 2020 Grants

  • DWD/DPI received a total of 9,475 claims from 335 school districts. 8,149 claims were eligible, resulting in a prorated allocation of $797.64 per student out of a total of $6.5 million available.
  • In addition, 82 students will receive $500 for each EMT, EMR, and/or Firefighter certification earned.
  • Class of 2020 grant funds will be transferred electronically prior to June 30, 2021. Please note that these CTE Incentive Grants are not considered cost reimbursement grants; therefore, funds do not need to be spent by the end of fiscal year 2021, nor do claims need to be made to DPI for spending.
  • Summary by district
  • Summary by all certifications earned


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Questions regarding the Technical Incentive Grant contact:

DWD Office of Special Initiatives
Technical Incentive Grant email

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
Division of Employment and Training
Career and Technical Education (CTE) Incentive Grants Program