ACT is accepting county applications for next Academy session beginning August 18-19, 2015 in Atlanta.
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
38,651
Platinum:
264
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
7,255
Silver:
19,535
Jobs Profiled:
211
Bronze:
11,597
Alaska
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
41,008
Platinum:
145
Total Counties:
31
Gold:
7,887
Silver:
22,878
Jobs Profiled:
43
Bronze:
10,098
Arizona
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
5,182
Platinum:
20
Total Counties:
15
Gold:
1,031
Silver:
3,148
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
983
Arkansas
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
59,951
Platinum:
310
Total Counties:
75
Gold:
13,853
Silver:
35,449
Jobs Profiled:
103
Bronze:
10,339
California
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
8,465
Platinum:
65
Total Counties:
58
Gold:
1,586
Silver:
4,740
Jobs Profiled:
56
Bronze:
2,074
Colorado
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
932
Platinum:
5
Total Counties:
64
Gold:
135
Silver:
590
Jobs Profiled:
16
Bronze:
202
Connecticut
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,204
Platinum:
1
Total Counties:
8
Gold:
313
Silver:
1,326
Jobs Profiled:
9
Bronze:
564
Delaware
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
196
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
3
Gold:
51
Silver:
116
Jobs Profiled:
1
Bronze:
29
Florida
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
113,887
Platinum:
218
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
21,053
Silver:
64,213
Jobs Profiled:
497
Bronze:
28,403
Georgia
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
329,754
Platinum:
1,975
Total Counties:
159
Gold:
60,535
Silver:
181,314
Jobs Profiled:
867
Bronze:
85,930
Hawaii
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
409
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
5
Gold:
37
Silver:
203
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
169
Idaho
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
86
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
44
Gold:
23
Silver:
45
Jobs Profiled:
14
Bronze:
18
Illinois
2%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
129,188
Platinum:
1,649
Total Counties:
102
Gold:
31,253
Silver:
66,026
Jobs Profiled:
63
Bronze:
30,260
Indiana
7%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
109,318
Platinum:
535
Total Counties:
92
Gold:
23,093
Silver:
64,804
Jobs Profiled:
826
Bronze:
20,886
Iowa
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
66,617
Platinum:
386
Total Counties:
99
Gold:
15,439
Silver:
37,509
Jobs Profiled:
84
Bronze:
13,283
Kansas
2%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,639
Platinum:
11
Total Counties:
105
Gold:
629
Silver:
1,549
Jobs Profiled:
71
Bronze:
450
Kentucky
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
105,794
Platinum:
426
Total Counties:
120
Gold:
19,122
Silver:
65,729
Jobs Profiled:
131
Bronze:
20,517
Louisiana
3%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
46,760
Platinum:
174
Total Counties:
64
Gold:
6,591
Silver:
25,628
Jobs Profiled:
32
Bronze:
14,367
Maine
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
54
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
16
Gold:
18
Silver:
30
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
6
Maryland
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
389
Platinum:
2
Total Counties:
24
Gold:
77
Silver:
222
Jobs Profiled:
1
Bronze:
88
Massachusetts
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
456
Platinum:
1
Total Counties:
14
Gold:
73
Silver:
261
Jobs Profiled:
7
Bronze:
121
Michigan
13%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
499,866
Platinum:
3,327
Total Counties:
83
Gold:
123,986
Silver:
254,146
Jobs Profiled:
107
Bronze:
118,407
Minnesota
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
21,222
Platinum:
163
Total Counties:
87
Gold:
5,914
Silver:
11,560
Jobs Profiled:
15
Bronze:
3,585
Mississippi
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
561
Platinum:
3
Total Counties:
82
Gold:
99
Silver:
337
Jobs Profiled:
13
Bronze:
122
Missouri
46%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
60,177
Platinum:
226
Total Counties:
115
Gold:
13,201
Silver:
34,744
Jobs Profiled:
292
Bronze:
12,006
Montana
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,437
Platinum:
8
Total Counties:
56
Gold:
291
Silver:
834
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
304
Nebraska
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
843
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
93
Gold:
174
Silver:
464
Jobs Profiled:
30
Bronze:
201
Nevada
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
3,561
Platinum:
18
Total Counties:
17
Gold:
1,017
Silver:
1,926
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
600
New Hampshire
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
4,670
Platinum:
14
Total Counties:
10
Gold:
837
Silver:
2,734
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
1,085
New Jersey
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
446
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
21
Gold:
59
Silver:
235
Jobs Profiled:
2
Bronze:
152
New Mexico
3%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
22,403
Platinum:
46
Total Counties:
33
Gold:
3,770
Silver:
12,388
Jobs Profiled:
62
Bronze:
6,199
New York
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,442
Platinum:
8
Total Counties:
62
Gold:
237
Silver:
866
Jobs Profiled:
21
Bronze:
331
North Carolina
20%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
279,532
Platinum:
775
Total Counties:
100
Gold:
50,440
Silver:
163,574
Jobs Profiled:
833
Bronze:
64,743
North Dakota
2%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
501
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
53
Gold:
96
Silver:
289
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
116
Ohio
2%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
122,978
Platinum:
437
Total Counties:
88
Gold:
26,947
Silver:
76,037
Jobs Profiled:
292
Bronze:
19,557
Oklahoma
1%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
102,160
Platinum:
414
Total Counties:
77
Gold:
19,614
Silver:
59,763
Jobs Profiled:
210
Bronze:
22,369
Oregon
100%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
44,083
Platinum:
493
Total Counties:
36
Gold:
14,470
Silver:
23,619
Jobs Profiled:
73
Bronze:
5,501
Pennsylvania
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
23,624
Platinum:
119
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
6,275
Silver:
13,858
Jobs Profiled:
135
Bronze:
3,372
Rhode Island
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
590
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
5
Gold:
61
Silver:
318
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
211
South Carolina
100%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
247,836
Platinum:
337
Total Counties:
46
Gold:
33,202
Silver:
138,142
Jobs Profiled:
1,106
Bronze:
76,155
South Dakota
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
11,058
Platinum:
70
Total Counties:
66
Gold:
3,120
Silver:
6,397
Jobs Profiled:
30
Bronze:
1,471
Tennessee
12%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
104,417
Platinum:
55
Total Counties:
95
Gold:
24,297
Silver:
58,742
Jobs Profiled:
175
Bronze:
21,323
Texas
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
16,165
Platinum:
62
Total Counties:
254
Gold:
3,369
Silver:
9,672
Jobs Profiled:
156
Bronze:
3,062
Utah
38%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
3,129
Platinum:
22
Total Counties:
29
Gold:
963
Silver:
1,772
Jobs Profiled:
22
Bronze:
372
Vermont
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,478
Platinum:
12
Total Counties:
14
Gold:
594
Silver:
1,377
Jobs Profiled:
36
Bronze:
495
Virginia
6%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
10,709
Platinum:
30
Total Counties:
134
Gold:
1,673
Silver:
6,027
Jobs Profiled:
195
Bronze:
2,979
Washington
3%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
3,660
Platinum:
36
Total Counties:
39
Gold:
1,143
Silver:
2,023
Jobs Profiled:
40
Bronze:
458
Washington DC
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
50
Platinum:
2
Total Counties:
1
Gold:
5
Silver:
24
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
19
West Virginia
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
63,351
Platinum:
118
Total Counties:
55
Gold:
10,926
Silver:
39,861
Jobs Profiled:
103
Bronze:
12,446
Wisconsin
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
67,506
Platinum:
638
Total Counties:
72
Gold:
20,588
Silver:
35,435
Jobs Profiled:
24
Bronze:
10,845
Wyoming
4%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
7,319
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
23
Gold:
1,720
Silver:
4,264
Jobs Profiled:
5
Bronze:
1,331
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,968,613
Platinum:
15,701
Total Counties:
3,141
Gold:
621,629
Employers Supporting:
9,349
Silver:
1,644,428
Jobs Profiled:
20,466
Bronze:
686,855
Why it works
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Certified Counties
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 May 31, 2015 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through May 31, 2015 , 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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