TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT
NOTICE

NO.

25-04

DATE:

April 12, 2005


TO : ALL STATE WORKFORCE AGENCY ADMINISTRATORS
ALL STATE WORKFORCE LIAISONS
ALL STATE AND LOCAL WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARD CHAIRS
AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS
 
FROM : EMILY STOVER DeROCCO
Assistant Secretary
 
SUBJECT : Announcing the 2005 Recognition of Excellence Process and Application

    The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is pleased to announce the 2005 Recognition of Excellence (ROE) on behalf of the nation's workforce investment system. This initiative was established last year to recognize high performance employment and training-related programs and superior or improved system performance by entities administering and partnering with ETA-funded programs. The Recognition of Excellence is an important opportunity to honor programs that have achieved commendable outcomes and to facilitate the exponential replication of innovative practices throughout the workforce investment system.

    ETA is requesting applications in order to select honorees to be showcased at the 2005 Workforce Innovations Conference to be held July 11-13 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Through this conference, thousands of workforce investment professionals from across the nation will be able to learn a bout the promising practices of the honorees. The applications are for recognition and not a monetary award.

    Honorees in five separate categories will be recognized:

    Honorees will be selected based on an application package that demonstrates that the project, program or initiative is innovative, collaborative, and resulted in positive performance outcomes; linked services to occupations in demand, economic development and community benefit; and is replicable.

    This recognition supports the Department of Labor's goals of ensuring:

    Any state or local program, project or initiative, including those of national program grantees, funded through ETA or in which an ETA-funded activity is one integral component, may apply. The program, project or initiative must have been operational for at least twelve (12) months and at some point in time within the last two program years (the current program year and/or the previous program year, from July 2003 to present).

    Selected honorees will be recognized at a plenary session during the 2005 Workforce lnnovations Conference. Winners will receive an engraved commemorative symbol and three (3) free registrations to the conference. Up to two (2) additional honorees in each category will receive an engraved plaque and one free registration to Workforce Innovations.

    Applications must be submitted electronically by 5:00 p.m. EST on May 12, 2005. Applications received after that date will not be considered. If you have questions about the system of recognition or the application process, contact the ROE coordinator, Gloribel Nieves-Cartagena by e-mail at: Nieves-Cartanena.Gloribel@dol.gov or by phone at: (202) 693-2771.

    Action: To learn more about last year's Recognition of Excellence presentations, honorees, recognized programs, and the application process for 2005, visit our new website at: www.doleta.gov/roe.

    For information an the 2005 Workforce lnnovations Conference, please visit: www.workforceinnovations.org.


EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Washington, DC 20210