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
515
Platinum:
2
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
138
Silver:
301
Jobs Profiled:
209
Bronze:
74
Alaska
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
37,572
Platinum:
143
Total Counties:
31
Gold:
7,500
Silver:
20,991
Jobs Profiled:
43
Bronze:
8,938
Arizona
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
4,785
Platinum:
18
Total Counties:
15
Gold:
960
Silver:
2,919
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
888
Arkansas
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
51,310
Platinum:
250
Total Counties:
75
Gold:
11,856
Silver:
30,524
Jobs Profiled:
103
Bronze:
8,680
California
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
7,762
Platinum:
63
Total Counties:
58
Gold:
1,472
Silver:
4,358
Jobs Profiled:
53
Bronze:
1,869
Colorado
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
502
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
64
Gold:
105
Silver:
346
Jobs Profiled:
16
Bronze:
47
Connecticut
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,100
Platinum:
1
Total Counties:
8
Gold:
307
Silver:
1,261
Jobs Profiled:
9
Bronze:
531
Delaware
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
173
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
3
Gold:
45
Silver:
100
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
28
Florida
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
113,770
Platinum:
218
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
21,033
Silver:
64,164
Jobs Profiled:
496
Bronze:
28,355
Georgia
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
327,066
Platinum:
1,968
Total Counties:
159
Gold:
59,968
Silver:
179,695
Jobs Profiled:
857
Bronze:
85,435
Hawaii
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
364
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
5
Gold:
35
Silver:
175
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
154
Idaho
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
81
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
44
Gold:
23
Silver:
42
Jobs Profiled:
14
Bronze:
16
Illinois
1%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
127,276
Platinum:
1,643
Total Counties:
102
Gold:
30,837
Silver:
64,919
Jobs Profiled:
61
Bronze:
29,877
Indiana
4%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
104,343
Platinum:
514
Total Counties:
92
Gold:
22,050
Silver:
61,687
Jobs Profiled:
783
Bronze:
20,092
Iowa
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
57,211
Platinum:
346
Total Counties:
99
Gold:
13,434
Silver:
32,134
Jobs Profiled:
84
Bronze:
11,297
Kansas
2%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,378
Platinum:
6
Total Counties:
105
Gold:
366
Silver:
798
Jobs Profiled:
64
Bronze:
208
Kentucky
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
93,201
Platinum:
407
Total Counties:
120
Gold:
17,493
Silver:
57,050
Jobs Profiled:
125
Bronze:
18,251
Louisiana
3%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
44,010
Platinum:
164
Total Counties:
64
Gold:
6,114
Silver:
24,049
Jobs Profiled:
26
Bronze:
13,683
Maine
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
44
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
16
Gold:
18
Silver:
20
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
6
Maryland
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
278
Platinum:
1
Total Counties:
24
Gold:
55
Silver:
157
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
65
Massachusetts
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
433
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
14
Gold:
69
Silver:
249
Jobs Profiled:
7
Bronze:
115
Michigan
13%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
495,964
Platinum:
3,317
Total Counties:
83
Gold:
123,268
Silver:
252,024
Jobs Profiled:
104
Bronze:
117,355
Minnesota
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
19,823
Platinum:
154
Total Counties:
87
Gold:
5,543
Silver:
10,770
Jobs Profiled:
14
Bronze:
3,356
Mississippi
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
365
Platinum:
1
Total Counties:
82
Gold:
67
Silver:
216
Jobs Profiled:
10
Bronze:
81
Missouri
46%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
52,863
Platinum:
204
Total Counties:
115
Gold:
11,766
Silver:
30,468
Jobs Profiled:
291
Bronze:
10,425
Montana
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,333
Platinum:
8
Total Counties:
56
Gold:
269
Silver:
770
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
286
Nebraska
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
821
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
93
Gold:
169
Silver:
454
Jobs Profiled:
30
Bronze:
194
Nevada
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,840
Platinum:
16
Total Counties:
17
Gold:
803
Silver:
1,563
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
458
New Hampshire
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
4,271
Platinum:
13
Total Counties:
10
Gold:
736
Silver:
2,507
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
1,015
New Jersey
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
395
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
21
Gold:
55
Silver:
202
Jobs Profiled:
2
Bronze:
138
New Mexico
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
20,705
Platinum:
42
Total Counties:
33
Gold:
3,534
Silver:
11,413
Jobs Profiled:
57
Bronze:
5,716
New York
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,354
Platinum:
6
Total Counties:
62
Gold:
212
Silver:
818
Jobs Profiled:
21
Bronze:
318
North Carolina
7%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
244,719
Platinum:
645
Total Counties:
100
Gold:
43,712
Silver:
143,147
Jobs Profiled:
782
Bronze:
57,215
North Dakota
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
449
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
53
Gold:
87
Silver:
258
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
104
Ohio
2%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
118,361
Platinum:
424
Total Counties:
88
Gold:
25,941
Silver:
73,112
Jobs Profiled:
282
Bronze:
18,884
Oklahoma
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
95,032
Platinum:
395
Total Counties:
77
Gold:
18,349
Silver:
55,351
Jobs Profiled:
209
Bronze:
20,937
Oregon
100%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
38,238
Platinum:
453
Total Counties:
36
Gold:
12,885
Silver:
20,454
Jobs Profiled:
68
Bronze:
4,446
Pennsylvania
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
22,490
Platinum:
119
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
6,014
Silver:
13,177
Jobs Profiled:
133
Bronze:
3,180
Rhode Island
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
460
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
5
Gold:
45
Silver:
256
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
159
South Carolina
100%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
234,338
Platinum:
305
Total Counties:
46
Gold:
31,077
Silver:
130,320
Jobs Profiled:
1,036
Bronze:
72,636
South Dakota
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
9,346
Platinum:
66
Total Counties:
66
Gold:
2,704
Silver:
5,371
Jobs Profiled:
30
Bronze:
1,205
Tennessee
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
101,585
Platinum:
52
Total Counties:
95
Gold:
23,656
Silver:
57,136
Jobs Profiled:
167
Bronze:
20,741
Texas
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
14,715
Platinum:
55
Total Counties:
254
Gold:
3,013
Silver:
8,808
Jobs Profiled:
152
Bronze:
2,839
Utah
34%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,821
Platinum:
20
Total Counties:
29
Gold:
873
Silver:
1,606
Jobs Profiled:
22
Bronze:
322
Vermont
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,374
Platinum:
11
Total Counties:
14
Gold:
572
Silver:
1,323
Jobs Profiled:
36
Bronze:
468
Virginia
6%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
9,977
Platinum:
27
Total Counties:
134
Gold:
1,554
Silver:
5,616
Jobs Profiled:
182
Bronze:
2,780
Washington
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
3,272
Platinum:
31
Total Counties:
39
Gold:
1,018
Silver:
1,809
Jobs Profiled:
36
Bronze:
414
Washington DC
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
49
Platinum:
2
Total Counties:
1
Gold:
5
Silver:
23
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
19
West Virginia
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
62,495
Platinum:
116
Total Counties:
55
Gold:
10,772
Silver:
39,318
Jobs Profiled:
96
Bronze:
12,289
Wisconsin
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
11,521
Platinum:
131
Total Counties:
72
Gold:
3,546
Silver:
6,090
Jobs Profiled:
24
Bronze:
1,754
Wyoming
4%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
7,207
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
23
Gold:
1,699
Silver:
4,194
Jobs Profiled:
4
Bronze:
1,310
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,731,574
Platinum:
14,438
Total Counties:
3,141
Gold:
570,062
Employers Supporting:
7,250
Silver:
1,511,352
Jobs Profiled:
20,195
Bronze:
635,722
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 December 31, 2014 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through December 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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