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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Where can I find information on the ETA Recognition of Excellence?
  2. Is there a separate application that must be completed?
  3. Can I submit a hard copy application?
  4. How many applications may an organization submit?
  5. Do applications from local areas need to go through the state for submission?
  6. What if a state and a local area are both involved in a program, project or initiative in which they would like to submit an application. Can both apply?
  7. I am applying for the Recognition of Excellence. Can my partnering agency submit an application for another category?
  8. Does the 10 page limit include attachments, such as testimonials and newspaper articles?
  9. Which youth programs qualify as Out-of-School Youth for the category Serving Out- of-School Youth ?
  10. What is a "collaborating partner"? Is every organization I work with (mention in the application) a "collaborating partner" who must be listed in the application?
  11. My program has many partners (one program had 20 and another 600). Is there a limit to the number of partners I can submit?
  12. Must the type on the application be double spaced? If we have bullets, can they be single spaced?
  13. Will I need any special computer hardware or software to prepare my application?
  14. If my application is selected, am I expected to attend Workforce Innovations?
  15. Is Job Corps eligible to apply for Recognition of Excellence 2005?

 

Question 1:  Where can I find information on the ETA 's Recognition of Excellence?
Answer:
  To learn more about the ETA 's Recognition of Excellence (ROE) and application process, you should see Training and Employment Notice (TEN 25-04).  The TEN and other information about the Recognition of Excellence can be accessed on the Internet at:  http://www.doleta.gov/roe. 

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Question 2:  Is there a separate application that must be completed?

Answer:  The online application that must be completed is available at: http://www.doleta.gov/roe.  The application must be prepared by following the instructions on that page.  Before beginning your application, carefully review the application process, criteria and guidelines instructions.  It may be necessary for you to prepare your narrative in a word processing format first and then "cut and paste" into the space text box provided in the electronic application form.  Once the application is submitted, you will not be able to make changes.  In addition, you will only be able to store your document on the web for up to 8 continuous hours.  Closing your browser before submitting the application will cause the loss of your information.

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Question 3:  Can I submit a hard copy application?

Answer:  No. Only electronic applications submitted through the designated website will be accepted.  However, you will be required to fax a hard copy of the signed electronic application's Signature Page to the ETA National Office at : (202) 693-3667.

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Question 4:   How many applications may an organization submit?

Answer:

1. An organization or a local area may submit only one application for any program, project or initiative. Therefore the applicant must choose only one category. 

2. 2. A state agency may submit only one application for any program project or initiative. However, a state may submit an application for a different program, project or initiative in a different category. Therefore a state may submit one application in each of the 5 categories for a separate program, project or initiative. For example, a state program (such as a youth program) may forward an application in only one category. A separate state program (such as a dislocated worker program) may also apply in one category.  

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Question 5:  Do applications from local areas need to go through the state for submission?

Answer:  No.  Local applications do not have to go through the state in order to be submitted.  A state may work with a local program, project or initiative to assist or encourage that local area to apply and local areas may wish to inform their state agency if they are applying.  However local areas should submit their own applications on behalf of their programs, projects or initiatives.    

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Question 6:  What if a state and a local area are both involved in a program, project or initiative in which they would like to submit an application.   Can both apply?

Answer:  No.  The intention of the eligibility definition is that we receive only one application on behalf of any program, project or initiative.  We expect to receive only one application on behalf of the partners, and not separate applications from the state and local areas.  One suggested approach is to work together and submit an application in partnership.  

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Question 7:  I am applying for the ETA Recognition of Excellence.  Can my partnering agency submit an application for another category?

Answer:  Yes.  A partner can submit an application for  another  program, project or initiative, given it meets the appropriate eligibility criteria.  However, the partner cannot submit an application for the same program, project or initiative.    

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Question 8:  Does the 10 page limit include attachments, such as testimonials and newspaper articles?

Answer:  Attachments will not be accepted with the electronic submission process.   Therefore, be sure that the application narrative itself addresses all of the elements required in the TEN and eligibility criteria. Scanned testimonials and newspaper articles may be included in the narrative portion of the application.  However, the text box will not accept graphics, tables and most symbols, such as stars and arrows.

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Question 9:   Which youth programs qualify as Out-of-School Youth for the category Serving Out- of-School Youth ?

Answer:  The Serving Out-of-School Youth category is intended for programs, projects or initiatives that:

1. Serve Out-of-School Youth as defined by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA); and

2. Serve youth who do not possess a high school diploma or GED and are not in a traditional public or private school.

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Question 10:  What is a "collaborating partner"?   Is every organization I work with (mention in the application) a "collaborating partner" who must be listed in the application?

Answer:  Collaborating Partners are defined as organizations or individuals that provide leadership, funding or significant support to the successful implementation or operation of the program, project or initiative.  Inclusion of the collaborating partner's name indicates that the collaborating partner is willing to provide assurances that the information in the application is true and can be verified without notice.  Signatures of collaborating partners will be requested for applications that are vetted to be honored as winners or honorable mentions prior to receiving the winner or honorable mention designation.

No, not every organization or individual mentioned in the application need be considered a "collaborating partner."  However, every application is expected to have at least one "collaborating partner."  Collaboration is highly valued and only organizations or individuals that meet the definition above should be identified in the application as "collaborating partners."  

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Question 11:   My program has many partners (one program had 20 and another 600).   Is there a limit to the number of partners I can submit?

Answer:  One of the purposes of requesting the names of "collaborating partner" organizations and individuals involved in the program, project or initiative is to ensure that true collaborations are taking place.  "Collaborating partners" listed in your application should be limited to those that meet the definition provided in the and in the answer for Question 10 and the Recognition of Excellence 2005 Eligibility Criteria and Guidelines. 

A limit of 25 "collaborating partners" has been set for each program, project or initiative application.  

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Question 12:  Must the type on the application be double spaced?   If we have bullets, can they be single spaced?

Answer:  It does not matter significantly what type face, font size or line spacing you use in your document.  The electronic format has been sized to accommodate up to 5000 words or 30,000 characters, which is approximately 10-500 word pages.  We recommend the use of 12 point fonts and double spacing.

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Question 13:  Will I need any special computer hardware or software to prepare my application?

Answer:   No.  Any computer with word processing software and Internet access should be able to access and allow completion of the online application.  

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Question 14:  If my application is selected, am I expected to attend Workforce Innovations?

Answer:  It is our hope that you will plan to attend Workforce Innovations.  Winners of the Recognition of Excellence will be announced and recognized at Workforce Innovations and will be provided free registrations. (The Winner will receive 3 free registrations and honorable mentions will receive 1 free registration to Workforce Innovations 2005.)  This conference is the premier ETA conference packed with informational and networking opportunities for anyone in the workforce investment business.  For more information about Workforce Innovations, go to: www.workforceinnovations.org.

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Question 15:  Is Job Corps eligible to apply for Recognition of Excellence 2005?

Answer:  Yes. Job Corps is eligible for Recognition of Excellence 2005. See the Recognition of Excellence 2005 Eligibility Criteria and Guidelines , Serving Out-of-School Youth, on this website: www.doleta.gov/roe .

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