Policy Series Reports

Wisconsin, in an effort to curtail workforce shortages in key industries, passed legislation in December 2013 to create $1,000 Career and Technical Education Incentive Grants, which are awarded to public high schools throughout the state for each student who graduates with a work-based learning or industry-recognized credential.  The program targets industries or occupations in consultation with the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) that are identified as having potential future workforce shortages. The legislature has allocated a total of $3 million for the 2014-2015 school year.  Wisconsin is an excellent example of a state that adapted the best components of promising models from partners (such as Kansas and Washington’s I-BEST program) to create a program that best fits its own education and workforce needs.

To bring these initiatives full-circle for students, the state takes advantage of Manufacturing Day to raise awareness of the employment opportunities offered in Wisconsin, and has broadened its scope to include Manufacturing Month.  Employers from across the state have come together for the month of October to help promote manufacturing as a viable career choice.

Program Contact
Robin Kroyer-Kubicek
Career Pathways Education Consultant 
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Phone: (608) 266-2022
Email: Robin.Kroyer-Kubicek@dpi.wi.gov

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