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
391
Platinum:
2
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
105
Silver:
229
Jobs Profiled:
201
Bronze:
55
Alaska
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
36,775
Platinum:
139
Total Counties:
31
Gold:
7,277
Silver:
20,546
Jobs Profiled:
39
Bronze:
8,813
Arizona
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
3,686
Platinum:
14
Total Counties:
15
Gold:
730
Silver:
2,244
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
698
Arkansas
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
509
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
75
Gold:
124
Silver:
284
Jobs Profiled:
96
Bronze:
97
California
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
6,652
Platinum:
61
Total Counties:
58
Gold:
1,301
Silver:
3,786
Jobs Profiled:
50
Bronze:
1,504
Colorado
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
412
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
64
Gold:
87
Silver:
279
Jobs Profiled:
16
Bronze:
42
Connecticut
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,728
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
8
Gold:
274
Silver:
1,034
Jobs Profiled:
6
Bronze:
420
Delaware
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
64
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
3
Gold:
11
Silver:
37
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
16
Florida
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
113,669
Platinum:
218
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
21,008
Silver:
64,113
Jobs Profiled:
490
Bronze:
28,330
Georgia
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
320,336
Platinum:
1,957
Total Counties:
159
Gold:
58,887
Silver:
175,647
Jobs Profiled:
847
Bronze:
83,845
Hawaii
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
166
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
5
Gold:
11
Silver:
55
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
100
Idaho
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
62
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
44
Gold:
20
Silver:
30
Jobs Profiled:
14
Bronze:
12
Illinois
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
87,246
Platinum:
1,323
Total Counties:
102
Gold:
21,021
Silver:
43,984
Jobs Profiled:
47
Bronze:
20,918
Indiana
3%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
98,031
Platinum:
505
Total Counties:
92
Gold:
20,595
Silver:
57,845
Jobs Profiled:
738
Bronze:
19,086
Iowa
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
41,791
Platinum:
272
Total Counties:
99
Gold:
10,141
Silver:
23,345
Jobs Profiled:
78
Bronze:
8,033
Kansas
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,092
Platinum:
3
Total Counties:
105
Gold:
291
Silver:
628
Jobs Profiled:
64
Bronze:
170
Kentucky
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
81,353
Platinum:
388
Total Counties:
120
Gold:
15,613
Silver:
48,979
Jobs Profiled:
121
Bronze:
16,373
Louisiana
3%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
41,306
Platinum:
154
Total Counties:
64
Gold:
5,689
Silver:
22,513
Jobs Profiled:
24
Bronze:
12,950
Maine
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
21
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
16
Gold:
9
Silver:
8
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
4
Maryland
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
228
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
24
Gold:
42
Silver:
129
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
57
Massachusetts
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
316
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
14
Gold:
47
Silver:
194
Jobs Profiled:
7
Bronze:
75
Michigan
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
488,418
Platinum:
3,301
Total Counties:
83
Gold:
121,850
Silver:
247,868
Jobs Profiled:
104
Bronze:
115,399
Minnesota
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
17,530
Platinum:
141
Total Counties:
87
Gold:
4,868
Silver:
9,492
Jobs Profiled:
13
Bronze:
3,029
Mississippi
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
212
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
82
Gold:
31
Silver:
129
Jobs Profiled:
10
Bronze:
52
Missouri
34%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
42,311
Platinum:
168
Total Counties:
115
Gold:
9,389
Silver:
24,275
Jobs Profiled:
266
Bronze:
8,479
Montana
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,051
Platinum:
6
Total Counties:
56
Gold:
207
Silver:
615
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
223
Nebraska
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
784
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
93
Gold:
153
Silver:
436
Jobs Profiled:
26
Bronze:
191
Nevada
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,053
Platinum:
11
Total Counties:
17
Gold:
579
Silver:
1,147
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
316
New Hampshire
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
3,523
Platinum:
7
Total Counties:
10
Gold:
563
Silver:
2,084
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
869
New Jersey
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
295
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
21
Gold:
44
Silver:
156
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
95
New Mexico
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
17,810
Platinum:
30
Total Counties:
33
Gold:
3,095
Silver:
9,769
Jobs Profiled:
57
Bronze:
4,916
New York
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,282
Platinum:
5
Total Counties:
62
Gold:
201
Silver:
772
Jobs Profiled:
19
Bronze:
304
North Carolina
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
214,642
Platinum:
569
Total Counties:
100
Gold:
37,798
Silver:
125,109
Jobs Profiled:
724
Bronze:
51,166
North Dakota
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
409
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
53
Gold:
74
Silver:
236
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
99
Ohio
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
109,316
Platinum:
403
Total Counties:
88
Gold:
23,955
Silver:
67,389
Jobs Profiled:
278
Bronze:
17,569
Oklahoma
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
84,151
Platinum:
376
Total Counties:
77
Gold:
16,355
Silver:
48,685
Jobs Profiled:
195
Bronze:
18,735
Oregon
72%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
29,978
Platinum:
365
Total Counties:
36
Gold:
10,290
Silver:
16,034
Jobs Profiled:
67
Bronze:
3,289
Pennsylvania
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
19,930
Platinum:
113
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
5,427
Silver:
11,590
Jobs Profiled:
124
Bronze:
2,800
Rhode Island
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
159
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
5
Gold:
16
Silver:
89
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
54
South Carolina
100%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
211,803
Platinum:
248
Total Counties:
46
Gold:
27,860
Silver:
117,155
Jobs Profiled:
930
Bronze:
66,540
South Dakota
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
7,602
Platinum:
60
Total Counties:
66
Gold:
2,209
Silver:
4,353
Jobs Profiled:
29
Bronze:
980
Tennessee
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
97,837
Platinum:
45
Total Counties:
95
Gold:
22,787
Silver:
54,910
Jobs Profiled:
142
Bronze:
20,095
Texas
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
8,633
Platinum:
31
Total Counties:
254
Gold:
1,782
Silver:
5,194
Jobs Profiled:
144
Bronze:
1,626
Utah
28%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,350
Platinum:
17
Total Counties:
29
Gold:
724
Silver:
1,332
Jobs Profiled:
21
Bronze:
277
Vermont
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,175
Platinum:
11
Total Counties:
14
Gold:
531
Silver:
1,196
Jobs Profiled:
36
Bronze:
437
Virginia
6%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
8,975
Platinum:
21
Total Counties:
134
Gold:
1,348
Silver:
5,046
Jobs Profiled:
163
Bronze:
2,560
Washington
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,400
Platinum:
21
Total Counties:
39
Gold:
728
Silver:
1,335
Jobs Profiled:
36
Bronze:
316
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
59,004
Platinum:
106
Total Counties:
55
Gold:
10,160
Silver:
36,716
Jobs Profiled:
93
Bronze:
12,022
Wisconsin
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
9,887
Platinum:
122
Total Counties:
72
Gold:
3,094
Silver:
5,125
Jobs Profiled:
21
Bronze:
1,546
Wyoming
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
6,918
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
23
Gold:
1,634
Silver:
4,002
Jobs Profiled:
4
Bronze:
1,278
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,403,721
Platinum:
12,796
Total Counties:
3,141
Gold:
498,984
Employers Supporting:
4,339
Silver:
1,323,571
Jobs Profiled:
19,797
Bronze:
568,370
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 March 31, 2014 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through March 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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