(1) The department shall annually confer with the department of public instruction and the Wisconsin technical college system to identify industries and occupations within this state that face workforce shortages or shortages of adequately trained, entry-level workers. The state superintendent of public instruction shall annually notify school districts of the identified industries and occupations and make this information available on the Internet site of the department of public instruction.
Terms Used In Wisconsin Statutes 106.273
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(2) The department shall approve industry-recognized certification programs designed to mitigate workforce shortages in any of the industries or occupations identified under sub. (1).
(a) From the appropriation under s. 20.445 (1) (b), the department shall allocate not less than $3,500,000 in each fiscal year for incentive grants to school districts under this section. From that allocation, the department shall, subject to par. (am), annually award to a school district $1,000 per pupil for each pupil in the school district who, in the prior school year, obtained a high school diploma or a technical education high school diploma from a school in the school district, if all of the following apply:
1. The school district has an industry-recognized certification program approved by the department under sub. (2).
2. The pupil successfully completed the school district’s industry-recognized certification program under subd. 1. in any school year in which the program was approved by the department under sub. (2).
(am) The department may not make a per pupil award of $1,000 to a school district under par. (a) if the industry-recognized certification program completed by the pupil as a condition of the award under par. (a) 2. is an information technology instructional program developed under s. 115.455.
(b) If the amount allocated under par. (a) in any fiscal year is insufficient to pay the full amount per pupil under par. (a), the department may prorate the amount of its payments among school districts eligible for an incentive grant under this section.