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2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
January 29, 2018 - Introduced by Senators Olsen, L. Taylor, Darling, Erpenbach,
Marklein and Nass, cosponsored by Representatives Loudenbeck, Kolste, R.
Brooks
, Kulp, Mursau, Nygren, Quinn, Schraa, Swearingen, Tranel,
Weatherston and VanderMeer, by request of Governor Scott Walker.
Referred to Committee on Workforce Development, Military Affairs and
Senior Issues.
SB746,1,7 1An Act to repeal 106.273 (3) (a) 1.; to renumber and amend 106.273 (2) and
2106.273 (3) (a) 2.; to amend 20.445 (1) (b), 106.273 (title), 106.273 (3) (a)
3(intro.), 106.273 (3) (am) and 106.273 (3) (b); and to create 20.445 (1) (c),
4106.273 (1) (title), 106.273 (2) (b), 106.273 (3) (title), 106.273 (3) (a) 2m., 106.273
5(4) and 106.273 (5) of the statutes; relating to: career and technical education
6incentive grants for school districts and completion awards for students and
7making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill creates an incentive grant program for school districts that provide
training for certain public safety occupations and provides completion awards for
students who complete those programs.
Under current law, the Department of Workforce Development must award
career and technical education (CTE) incentive grants to school districts in the
amount of $1,000 per student who, in the prior school year, obtained a high school
diploma and successfully completed an industry-recognized certification program
approved by DWD. Currently, DWD approves programs that are designed to
mitigate workforce shortages in an industry or occupation that DWD identifies as
facing workforce shortages or shortages of adequately trained entry-level workers.
The bill requires DWD to also approve industry-recognized certification
programs that are designed to prepare individuals for occupations as fire fighters,

emergency medical responders, or emergency medical services practitioners (public
safety occupation training program). Under the bill, DWD must award all of the
following:
1. A CTE incentive grant to a school district that has a public safety occupation
training program approved by DWD. For each program the school district has, the
amount of the incentive grant is equal to $1,000 for each student in the school district
who successfully completed the program in a school year in which the program was
approved by DWD.
2. A CTE completion award to a student in the amount of $500 for each public
safety occupation training program the student successfully completed in a school
year in which the program was approved by DWD.
Under current law, CTE incentive grants are funded from the appropriation to
DWD for workplace training grants, commonly referred to as “Fast Forward” grants,
and DWD must allocate not less than $3,500,000 in each fiscal year for the CTE
incentive grants. Also under current law, if the amount allocated in any fiscal year
is insufficient to pay the full amount per student, DWD may prorate the amount of
the incentive grants that eligible school districts receive.
Under the bill, the CTE incentive grants related to public safety occupation
training programs are paid from the existing allocation and may be prorated if that
allocation is insufficient in any fiscal year.
The bill creates a sum sufficient appropriation to fund the student completion
awards.
For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
SB746,1 1Section 1. 20.445 (1) (b) of the statutes, as affected by 2017 Wisconsin Act 59,
2section 398, is amended to read:
SB746,3,23 20.445 (1) (b) Workforce training; programs, grants, and services. As a
4continuing appropriation, the amounts in the schedule for the local youth
5apprenticeship grants under s. 106.13 (3m), youth summer jobs programs under s.
6106.18, employment transit assistance grants under s. 106.26, workforce training
7grants and services under s. 106.27 (1), (1g), (1j), and (1r), teacher development
8program grants under s. 106.272, career and technical education incentive grants
9under s. 106.273 (3), technical education equipment grants under s. 106.275,

1apprentice programs under subch. I of ch. 106, and the grant described in 2017
2Wisconsin Act 59
, section 9151 (5q).
SB746,2 3Section 2. 20.445 (1) (c) of the statutes is created to read:
SB746,3,64 20.445 (1) (c) Career and technical education completion awards. A sum
5sufficient for the career and technical education completion awards under s. 106.273
6(4).
SB746,3 7Section 3. 106.273 (title) of the statutes is amended to read:
SB746,3,9 8106.273 (title) Career and technical education incentive grants and
9completion awards
.
SB746,4 10Section 4. 106.273 (1) (title) of the statutes is created to read:
SB746,3,1111 106.273 (1) (title) Identification of workforce shortages.
SB746,5 12Section 5. 106.273 (2) of the statutes is renumbered 106.273 (2) (intro.) and
13amended to read:
SB746,3,1614 106.273 (2) Approval of programs. (intro.) The department shall approve
15industry-recognized certification programs designed to mitigate do any of the
16following:
SB746,3,18 17(a) Mitigate workforce shortages in any of the industries or occupations
18identified under sub. (1).
SB746,6 19Section 6. 106.273 (2) (b) of the statutes is created to read:
SB746,3,2220 106.273 (2) (b) Prepare individuals for occupations as fire fighters, emergency
21medical responders, as defined in s. 256.01 (4p), or emergency medical services
22practitioners, as defined in s. 256.01 (5).
SB746,7 23Section 7. 106.273 (3) (title) of the statutes is created to read:
SB746,3,2424 106.273 (3) (title) Incentive grants to school districts.
SB746,8
1Section 8. 106.273 (3) (a) (intro.) of the statutes, as affected by 2017 Wisconsin
2Act 59
, is amended to read:
SB746,4,73 106.273 (3) (a) (intro.) From the appropriation under s. 20.445 (1) (b), the
4department shall allocate not less than $3,500,000 in each fiscal year for incentive
5grants to school districts under this section subsection. From that allocation, the
6department shall, subject to par. (am), annually award all of the following incentive
7grants:
SB746,4,12 81m. An incentive grant to a school district that has an industry-recognized
9certification program approved by the department under sub. (2) (a). Subject to pars.
10(am) and (b), the amount of the incentive grant under this subdivision is equal to

11$1,000 per pupil for each pupil student in the school district who, in to whom all of
12the following apply:
SB746,4,15 13a. In the prior school year, the student obtained a high school diploma or a
14technical education high school diploma from a school in the school district, if all of
15the following apply:
.
SB746,9 16Section 9. 106.273 (3) (a) 1. of the statutes is repealed.
SB746,10 17Section 10. 106.273 (3) (a) 2. of the statutes is renumbered 106.273 (3) (a) 1m.
18b. and amended to read:
SB746,4,2119 106.273 (3) (a) 1m. b. The pupil student successfully completed the school
20district's industry-recognized certification
program under subd. 1. in any a school
21year in which the program was approved by the department under sub. (2) (a).
SB746,11 22Section 11. 106.273 (3) (a) 2m. of the statutes is created to read:
SB746,5,323 106.273 (3) (a) 2m. An incentive grant to a school district that has an
24industry-recognized certification program approved by the department under sub.
25(2) (b). Subject to par. (b), for each such program the school district has, the amount

1of the incentive grant under this subdivision is equal to $1,000 for each student in
2the school district who successfully completed the program in a school year in which
3the program was approved by the department under sub. (2) (b).
SB746,12 4Section 12. 106.273 (3) (am) of the statutes, as created by 2017 Wisconsin Act
559
, is amended to read:
SB746,5,106 106.273 (3) (am) The department may not make a per pupil student award of
7$1,000 to a school district under par. (a) 1m. if the industry-recognized certification
8program completed by the pupil student as a condition of the award under par. (a)
92. 1m. b. is an information technology instructional program developed under s.
10115.455.
SB746,13 11Section 13. 106.273 (3) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
SB746,5,1512 106.273 (3) (b) If the amount allocated under par. (a) in any fiscal year is
13insufficient to pay the full amount per pupil student under par. (a) 1m. and 2m., the
14department may prorate the amount of its the department's payments among school
15districts eligible for an incentive grant grants under this section subsection.
SB746,14 16Section 14. 106.273 (4) of the statutes is created to read:
SB746,5,2217 106.273 (4) Completion awards for students. From the appropriation under
18s. 20.445 (1) (c), the department shall annually award a completion award to a
19student in the amount of $500 for each industry-recognized certification program
20approved by the department under sub. (2) (b) that the student successfully
21completed in a school year in which the program was approved by the department
22under sub. (2) (b).
SB746,15 23Section 15. 106.273 (5) of the statutes is created to read:
SB746,6,424 106.273 (5) Memorandum of understanding. The department and the
25department of public instruction shall enter into a memorandum of understanding

1setting forth their respective responsibilities in administering this section. The
2memorandum of understanding shall provide that the department of workforce
3development will annually furnish funds to the department of public instruction to
4make the payments under subs. (3) and (4).
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