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WASB Testifies in support of expanding CTE incentive grants

At a hearing of the Senate Committee on Economic Development, Commerce and Trade Feb. 13 the WASB supported Senate Bill 16, which increases funding for career and technical education (CTE) incentive grants for school districts by $3.5 million per year in both 2019-20 and 2020-21.

Demand for these grants is anticipated to increase as both the number of eligible students (including those earning multiple industry certifications) and the number of school districts submitting claims continues to grow.  In addition, legislation enacted last session added public safety occupations, including fire fighters, emergency medial responders and emergency medical services practitioners, to the list of industry certifications eligible for these grants and provided for a $500 completion award to each student who successfully completes a public safety occupation training program.
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Public hearing scheduled on bill boosting career and technical education incentive grant funding

The Senate Committee on Economic Development, Commerce and Trade has scheduled a public hearing on three bills including Senate Bill 16, authored by Sen. Dan Feyen (R-Fond du Lac),  relating to career and technical education incentive grants to school districts.

SB 16 increases funding for the grants by $3.5 million in both the 2019-20 and 2020-21 fiscal years.  Under current law, the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) may award an incentive grant to a school district in which students successfully completed certain industry-recognized certification programs.  Continue reading Public hearing scheduled on bill boosting career and technical education incentive grant funding

Gov. Walker announces $3.6 million in dual enrollment grants

From the Governor’s Office:

“Governor Scott Walker today announced $3.6 million in Dual Enrollment Fast Forward grants will be awarded to 14 technical schools to help students across the state at 209 school districts. The Governor made the announcement at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau…

“…Fast Forward Dual Enrollment Grants are provided by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD). The grants will allow high school teachers to gain the same level of certification in their relevant subject area as instructors at their local technical college.  This will allow those teachers to provide high school students the opportunity to dual enroll in college programs while still in high school without paying tuition prices.

“A full list of the grants awarded is available here. “

Governor seeking to expand Youth Apprenticeships

Governor Scott Walker recently outlined his plans to expand the state’s Youth Apprenticeship program.

Wisconsin’s Youth Apprenticeship (YA) program is one of the oldest such programs in the nation. It was established in 1991 and is designed for high school students who want hands-on learning in an occupational area at a worksite along with classroom instruction.

Youth Apprenticeships are currently open to high school juniors and seniors as a one- or two-year elective program that combines academic and technical instruction with mentored on-the-job learning.

Among other things, the governor’s proposal would open the program to students in all high school grades as well as to students in seventh and eighth grades.

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Teacher training grants available; Apply by July 16

Teacher Training and Development Grants are for Schools Boards, or a governing body of a public, private or charter school that can demonstrate a critical need to train and license teachers.  This is a new grant created in the 2017-19 biennial budget and is administered by the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) as part of the Wisconsin Fast Forward grant program.   Grant applications are due by Monday, July 16 at 3:00 p.m.

Click here for the application materials.

Grant Amount: From $5,000 to $50,000 is available per grantee. Continue reading Teacher training grants available; Apply by July 16