Affording Communities a Competitive Advantage
What is an ACT®

Work Ready Community?

ACT Work Ready Communities (WRC) empowers states, regions and counties with data, process and tools that drive economic growth. Participants are leveraging the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC™) to measure and close the skills gap — and building common frameworks that link, align and match their workforce development efforts.

ACT is leading this national effort and offers the ACT Work Ready Communities Academy — a performance-driven program WRC leadership teams use to initiate, deploy and drive carefully-tailored efforts that grow the number of counties certified as work ready communities.

There are two paths to engage in ACT Work Ready Communities: state and county level applications. Through the application process, counties and states are accepted into the Academy to build and launch their Certified Work Ready Communities initiative.

Alabama
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
472
Platinum:
2
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
124
Silver:
274
Jobs Profiled:
208
Bronze:
72
Alaska
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
37,235
Platinum:
141
Total Counties:
31
Gold:
7,397
Silver:
20,800
Jobs Profiled:
40
Bronze:
8,897
Arizona
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
4,262
Platinum:
18
Total Counties:
15
Gold:
861
Silver:
2,599
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
784
Arkansas
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
557
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
75
Gold:
141
Silver:
309
Jobs Profiled:
96
Bronze:
103
California
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
7,149
Platinum:
62
Total Counties:
58
Gold:
1,379
Silver:
4,034
Jobs Profiled:
52
Bronze:
1,674
Colorado
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
453
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
64
Gold:
96
Silver:
308
Jobs Profiled:
16
Bronze:
45
Connecticut
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,921
Platinum:
1
Total Counties:
8
Gold:
295
Silver:
1,145
Jobs Profiled:
9
Bronze:
480
Delaware
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
166
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
3
Gold:
43
Silver:
95
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
28
Florida
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
113,708
Platinum:
218
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
21,023
Silver:
64,135
Jobs Profiled:
496
Bronze:
28,332
Georgia
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
323,985
Platinum:
1,965
Total Counties:
159
Gold:
59,512
Silver:
177,813
Jobs Profiled:
855
Bronze:
84,695
Hawaii
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
294
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
5
Gold:
24
Silver:
132
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
138
Idaho
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
71
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
44
Gold:
21
Silver:
35
Jobs Profiled:
14
Bronze:
15
Illinois
1%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
126,323
Platinum:
1,636
Total Counties:
102
Gold:
30,635
Silver:
64,352
Jobs Profiled:
59
Bronze:
29,700
Indiana
4%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
101,755
Platinum:
510
Total Counties:
92
Gold:
21,433
Silver:
60,105
Jobs Profiled:
766
Bronze:
19,707
Iowa
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
50,325
Platinum:
314
Total Counties:
99
Gold:
12,026
Silver:
28,130
Jobs Profiled:
83
Bronze:
9,855
Kansas
2%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,340
Platinum:
5
Total Counties:
105
Gold:
354
Silver:
779
Jobs Profiled:
64
Bronze:
202
Kentucky
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
89,082
Platinum:
401
Total Counties:
120
Gold:
16,715
Silver:
54,375
Jobs Profiled:
122
Bronze:
17,591
Louisiana
3%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
42,682
Platinum:
159
Total Counties:
64
Gold:
5,939
Silver:
23,254
Jobs Profiled:
26
Bronze:
13,330
Maine
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
36
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
16
Gold:
16
Silver:
14
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
6
Maryland
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
250
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
24
Gold:
49
Silver:
138
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
63
Massachusetts
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
379
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
14
Gold:
63
Silver:
225
Jobs Profiled:
7
Bronze:
91
Michigan
13%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
493,211
Platinum:
3,312
Total Counties:
83
Gold:
122,786
Silver:
250,470
Jobs Profiled:
104
Bronze:
116,643
Minnesota
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
18,904
Platinum:
151
Total Counties:
87
Gold:
5,259
Silver:
10,245
Jobs Profiled:
13
Bronze:
3,249
Mississippi
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
259
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
82
Gold:
48
Silver:
152
Jobs Profiled:
10
Bronze:
59
Missouri
38%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
48,641
Platinum:
191
Total Counties:
115
Gold:
10,863
Silver:
27,903
Jobs Profiled:
275
Bronze:
9,684
Montana
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,212
Platinum:
7
Total Counties:
56
Gold:
238
Silver:
709
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
258
Nebraska
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
810
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
93
Gold:
166
Silver:
447
Jobs Profiled:
26
Bronze:
193
Nevada
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,562
Platinum:
15
Total Counties:
17
Gold:
763
Silver:
1,406
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
378
New Hampshire
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
3,981
Platinum:
10
Total Counties:
10
Gold:
671
Silver:
2,336
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
964
New Jersey
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
361
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
21
Gold:
51
Silver:
184
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
126
New Mexico
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
19,289
Platinum:
35
Total Counties:
33
Gold:
3,327
Silver:
10,609
Jobs Profiled:
57
Bronze:
5,318
New York
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,338
Platinum:
6
Total Counties:
62
Gold:
206
Silver:
811
Jobs Profiled:
21
Bronze:
315
North Carolina
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
216,025
Platinum:
575
Total Counties:
100
Gold:
38,132
Silver:
125,918
Jobs Profiled:
760
Bronze:
51,400
North Dakota
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
430
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
53
Gold:
85
Silver:
244
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
101
Ohio
2%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
115,612
Platinum:
416
Total Counties:
88
Gold:
25,345
Silver:
71,344
Jobs Profiled:
280
Bronze:
18,507
Oklahoma
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
88,959
Platinum:
382
Total Counties:
77
Gold:
17,171
Silver:
51,641
Jobs Profiled:
207
Bronze:
19,765
Oregon
100%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
34,264
Platinum:
413
Total Counties:
36
Gold:
11,745
Silver:
18,311
Jobs Profiled:
67
Bronze:
3,795
Pennsylvania
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
21,443
Platinum:
116
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
5,775
Silver:
12,523
Jobs Profiled:
129
Bronze:
3,029
Rhode Island
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
265
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
5
Gold:
33
Silver:
145
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
87
South Carolina
100%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
226,235
Platinum:
276
Total Counties:
46
Gold:
29,936
Silver:
125,568
Jobs Profiled:
1,008
Bronze:
70,455
South Dakota
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
8,123
Platinum:
61
Total Counties:
66
Gold:
2,396
Silver:
4,618
Jobs Profiled:
30
Bronze:
1,048
Tennessee
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
100,053
Platinum:
49
Total Counties:
95
Gold:
23,300
Silver:
56,237
Jobs Profiled:
163
Bronze:
20,467
Texas
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
13,102
Platinum:
41
Total Counties:
254
Gold:
2,618
Silver:
7,862
Jobs Profiled:
152
Bronze:
2,581
Utah
34%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,584
Platinum:
19
Total Counties:
29
Gold:
799
Silver:
1,465
Jobs Profiled:
21
Bronze:
301
Vermont
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,292
Platinum:
11
Total Counties:
14
Gold:
554
Silver:
1,275
Jobs Profiled:
36
Bronze:
452
Virginia
6%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
9,620
Platinum:
25
Total Counties:
134
Gold:
1,467
Silver:
5,413
Jobs Profiled:
176
Bronze:
2,715
Washington
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,896
Platinum:
29
Total Counties:
39
Gold:
892
Silver:
1,597
Jobs Profiled:
36
Bronze:
378
Washington DC
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
10
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
1
Gold:
1
Silver:
4
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
5
West Virginia
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
61,558
Platinum:
114
Total Counties:
55
Gold:
10,609
Silver:
38,711
Jobs Profiled:
93
Bronze:
12,124
Wisconsin
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
10,984
Platinum:
126
Total Counties:
72
Gold:
3,399
Silver:
5,783
Jobs Profiled:
24
Bronze:
1,676
Wyoming
4%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
7,054
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
23
Gold:
1,663
Silver:
4,095
Jobs Profiled:
4
Bronze:
1,292
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,590,536
Platinum:
13,893
Total Counties:
3,141
Gold:
540,527
Employers Supporting:
6,048
Silver:
1,427,298
Jobs Profiled:
20,062
Bronze:
608,818
Why it works
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By participating in ACT's Certified Work Ready Communities initiative, states are helping:

  • Business and industry know exactly what foundational skills they need for a productive workforce - and to easily communicate their needs
  • Individuals understand what skills are required by employers - and how to prepare themselves for success
  • Policy makers consistently measure the skills gap in a timely manner at the national, state and local levels
  • Educators close the skills gap, via tools integrated into career pathways with stackable industry-recognized credentials
  • Economic developers use an on-demand reporting tool to market the quality of their workforce

Employers can be the fuel to drive successful state and county Certified Work Ready Communities initiatives simply by recognizing the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate. And in doing so, they will have a more qualified workforce ready to fill their jobs. Learn more about why employers should engage.

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These counties — through earning the Certified Work Ready Communities designation — are solving skills gap problems and giving themselves a competitive advantage! By engaging in ACT Work Ready Communities and achieving this status, they are demonstrating with irrefutable data they have a skilled workforce that is valued by their local industry and a workforce development system in place that links education and workforce development together, aligns to economic development and matches people to jobs.

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This website reports the ACT® National Career Readiness Certificates earned at the county and state level and the progress being made by those participating states and counties in the ACT Certified Work Ready Community initiative. This site only represents data stored in the ACT RegiSTAR™ system, a web-based reporting and management tool for National Career Readiness Certificates.


State and national NCRC data runs from January 2006 through August 31, 2014 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through August 31, 2014 , while national job profile data reaches back to 1993. Again, please note that county-level NCRC data collection began in January 2012 for WorkKeys Internet Version, and in July 2012 for pencil and paper assessments. State and national certificate totals include historical data prior to 2012.


WorkKeys® assessments are used across the nation, and many states have built their own Career Readiness Certificates based upon WorkKeys assessment results. You will find an asterisk denoting those states. This website will continue to evolve as the first two rounds of participating states give us feedback on what they would like to see -- and based on your feedback, as well.


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