Reviewed and/or Updated on: September 7, 2017

State Grant Funds

The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) invites Wisconsin technical colleges and other eligible agencies, where applicable, to apply for state funds to support projects during the program year. State funds provide support for targeted programs within the Wisconsin technical colleges. The Wisconsin Technical College System, the Legislature and the Governor identify programs as priorities for state support.


State Grant Descriptions

Funds under this category are available for the following purposes:

  • Apprentice-Related Instruction

Apprenticeship-Related Instruction Grants respond to cyclical industry demands with current occupational curriculum, provide skilled workers for rapidly developing industries and ensure the continuity of apprenticeship training during periods of temporary labor demand shortages.

  • Career Pathways

Career Pathways Grants are used to create, expand and/or support career pathways, which includes providing instructional and supportive services for students. These pathways are designed to help students engaged in a career pathway achieve educational attainment and credentials, which prepare them for family sustaining employment and/or other career goals.

  • Core Industry

Core Industry Grants help assure that WTCS programs, in core industry areas, provide industry relevant training using rigorous curricula current technology and related services. Grant projects may also expand programming in core industry areas within the college district. Priority is given to grant projects that reflect inter-district collaboration on aligned curriculum or consortia programming that enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of educational programming.

  • Developing Markets

Developing  Markets Grants support development of a program new to the college district and approved by the System Board. Funds support development of curriculum and related instructional materials, technology and software, the purchase of major/minor equipment, staff development and the delivery of instruction.

  • Emergency Assistance

Emergency Assistance Grants offer emergency assistance to eligible Pell recipients who experience unforeseen financial emergencies. The goal is to assist eligible students who are experiencing unplanned events that may affect their ability to stay in school.

  • Professional Development

Professional Development Grants support professional development activities for faculty and staff in the Wisconsin Technical College System.

  • Student Support

Student Support Grants create, expand and/or implement innovative methods that provide direct services to students enrolled in courses, programs and for services that transition students through career pathways. The goal is to support students through specific completion points: course completion, completion of subsequent semesters and completion of programs or Wisconsin Technical College System Pathway Certificates.

  • Workforce Advancement Training (WAT)

Workforce Advancement Training Grants promote increased investment in the development of incumbent workers, improve Wisconsin businesses’ productivity and competitiveness, augment the state’s economic base, support career pathways and expand technical college training services to businesses and industry. Grants are awarded to upgrade the skills and productivity of employees of established businesses operating in Wisconsin, with the additional objective of supporting regional workforce and economic development efforts. Training under these grants focus on occupational skills, but can include a combination of occupational, academic and employability topics or courses.

  • Work-Based Learning Grants to Tribal Colleges

Work-Based Learning Grants to Tribal Colleges provide occupational training and work-based learning experience to youths and adults at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College and the College of Menominee Nation.