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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 $1,000 per pupil regardless of the number certifications the student earned on the approved list.

Class of 2023 Applications

  • To learn more, review these training resources:

  • The Class of 2023 application is now open. (WAMS ID is required; see the FAQ above for directions on obtaining a WAMS ID.) Use these directions to guide you through the process.
  • Verify certificate eligibility with the Class of 2022-23 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.
  • The claims submission window will close at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 29, 2023.
  • The review process is expected to be completed in May 2024.
  • 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 eligible certification according to Wis. State Stats. §106.273.
    • The student completion award (SCA) claim process has been streamlined into a single claim made by the school/district for the district incentive grant and the student completion award. The school/district must provide the student's permanent mailing address to which the completion award (if eligible) will be mailed in approximately June 2024. 
    • Checks for eligible completion awards will be mailed directly to the students at the addresses provided. Returned checks will be sent an additional time. If returned a second time, the money will be returned to the fund. If a district becomes aware that a student's permanent address has changed between the time that the claim was submitted and the following June, they should contact to update the address.

Class of 2022 Grants

  • DWD/DPI received a total of 10,793 claims from 310 school districts. 9,214 claims were eligible, resulting in a prorated allocation of $705.44 per student out of a total of $6.5 million available.
  • In addition, 158 graduates will receive $500 for each Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), Firefighter 1, Firefighter 2, or Firefighter Inspector, certificate earned.
  • Class of 2022 will be transferred electronically in late August. 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 2023, nor do claims need to be made to DPI for spending.
  • Summary by district
  • 2022 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