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CTE NTO Grants

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Carl Perkins- Career and Technical Education (CTE) Non-traditional Occupations (NTO) Grant Opportunity 2019-20

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) project over the last three years. This NTO grant is targeted to increase the engagement of NTO gender students to consider these career fields.  Funds may be used to provide support for successful completion of an NTO pathway.

NTO program activities must be engaging, motivating and inspiring to all participants. Likewise programs should be focused on the integration of rigorous coursework including science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics in order to raise the achievement of all students, which will lead to college and career readiness that allows students to successfully pursue high-skill, high wage and in-demand occupations in career pathways such as health, manufacturing, architecture, and others.

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.


This one-time award is available to support career and technical education (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

Only school districts who are current participants in the Perkins formula funds (either as a fiscal agent or through membership in a consortium) are eligible to apply. Applications are reviewed for an NTO focus within a high-skill, high-wage or in-demand field or pathway. A school district may submit more than one application based on local NTO need.


Funding Availability

There is a minimum of $3,000, with a maximum of $7,000 per application.

Grant Period

Grants shall be for the period of January 1, 2020 – June 30, 2020. 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, 2020.

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 November 1. Late applications will not be accepted.

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For questions about this information, contact Christine Lenske (608) 266-3922