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
38,877
Platinum:
265
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
7,296
Silver:
19,672
Jobs Profiled:
212
Bronze:
11,644
Alaska
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
41,073
Platinum:
145
Total Counties:
31
Gold:
7,904
Silver:
22,918
Jobs Profiled:
43
Bronze:
10,106
Arizona
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
5,212
Platinum:
20
Total Counties:
15
Gold:
1,035
Silver:
3,162
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
995
Arkansas
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
60,258
Platinum:
311
Total Counties:
75
Gold:
13,922
Silver:
35,646
Jobs Profiled:
103
Bronze:
10,379
California
2%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
8,778
Platinum:
67
Total Counties:
58
Gold:
1,633
Silver:
4,945
Jobs Profiled:
56
Bronze:
2,133
Colorado
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,035
Platinum:
5
Total Counties:
64
Gold:
140
Silver:
668
Jobs Profiled:
16
Bronze:
222
Connecticut
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,245
Platinum:
1
Total Counties:
8
Gold:
313
Silver:
1,354
Jobs Profiled:
9
Bronze:
577
Delaware
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
203
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
3
Gold:
52
Silver:
121
Jobs Profiled:
1
Bronze:
30
Florida
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
113,920
Platinum:
218
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
21,057
Silver:
64,224
Jobs Profiled:
497
Bronze:
28,421
Georgia
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
330,217
Platinum:
1,975
Total Counties:
159
Gold:
60,657
Silver:
181,585
Jobs Profiled:
875
Bronze:
86,000
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
88
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
44
Gold:
24
Silver:
45
Jobs Profiled:
14
Bronze:
19
Illinois
2%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
148,675
Platinum:
1,741
Total Counties:
102
Gold:
35,864
Silver:
76,816
Jobs Profiled:
63
Bronze:
34,254
Indiana
7%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
109,917
Platinum:
538
Total Counties:
92
Gold:
23,225
Silver:
65,154
Jobs Profiled:
826
Bronze:
21,000
Iowa
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
67,616
Platinum:
389
Total Counties:
99
Gold:
15,671
Silver:
38,052
Jobs Profiled:
84
Bronze:
13,504
Kansas
2%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,652
Platinum:
11
Total Counties:
105
Gold:
632
Silver:
1,558
Jobs Profiled:
71
Bronze:
451
Kentucky
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
106,587
Platinum:
426
Total Counties:
120
Gold:
19,269
Silver:
66,320
Jobs Profiled:
133
Bronze:
20,572
Louisiana
5%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
49,085
Platinum:
174
Total Counties:
64
Gold:
6,736
Silver:
26,823
Jobs Profiled:
32
Bronze:
15,352
Maine
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
55
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
16
Gold:
18
Silver:
31
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
6
Maryland
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
394
Platinum:
2
Total Counties:
24
Gold:
78
Silver:
225
Jobs Profiled:
1
Bronze:
89
Massachusetts
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
471
Platinum:
1
Total Counties:
14
Gold:
76
Silver:
269
Jobs Profiled:
7
Bronze:
125
Michigan
13%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
500,680
Platinum:
3,338
Total Counties:
83
Gold:
124,154
Silver:
254,570
Jobs Profiled:
108
Bronze:
118,618
Minnesota
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
21,365
Platinum:
164
Total Counties:
87
Gold:
5,959
Silver:
11,632
Jobs Profiled:
15
Bronze:
3,610
Mississippi
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
608
Platinum:
5
Total Counties:
82
Gold:
109
Silver:
364
Jobs Profiled:
13
Bronze:
130
Missouri
54%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
61,021
Platinum:
231
Total Counties:
115
Gold:
13,371
Silver:
35,228
Jobs Profiled:
292
Bronze:
12,191
Montana
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,465
Platinum:
9
Total Counties:
56
Gold:
296
Silver:
848
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
312
Nebraska
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
846
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
93
Gold:
174
Silver:
466
Jobs Profiled:
30
Bronze:
202
Nevada
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
3,616
Platinum:
18
Total Counties:
17
Gold:
1,031
Silver:
1,953
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
614
New Hampshire
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
4,742
Platinum:
14
Total Counties:
10
Gold:
858
Silver:
2,777
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
1,093
New Jersey
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
470
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
21
Gold:
60
Silver:
250
Jobs Profiled:
2
Bronze:
160
New Mexico
3%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
22,733
Platinum:
46
Total Counties:
33
Gold:
3,828
Silver:
12,565
Jobs Profiled:
62
Bronze:
6,294
New York
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,455
Platinum:
8
Total Counties:
62
Gold:
242
Silver:
874
Jobs Profiled:
21
Bronze:
331
North Carolina
23%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
280,619
Platinum:
780
Total Counties:
100
Gold:
50,683
Silver:
164,171
Jobs Profiled:
837
Bronze:
64,985
North Dakota
2%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
519
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
53
Gold:
101
Silver:
297
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
121
Ohio
2%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
123,902
Platinum:
440
Total Counties:
88
Gold:
27,145
Silver:
76,599
Jobs Profiled:
292
Bronze:
19,718
Oklahoma
1%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
102,751
Platinum:
415
Total Counties:
77
Gold:
19,735
Silver:
60,129
Jobs Profiled:
211
Bronze:
22,472
Oregon
100%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
45,030
Platinum:
502
Total Counties:
36
Gold:
14,719
Silver:
24,117
Jobs Profiled:
74
Bronze:
5,692
Pennsylvania
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
23,820
Platinum:
119
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
6,320
Silver:
13,976
Jobs Profiled:
135
Bronze:
3,405
Rhode Island
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
625
Platinum:
1
Total Counties:
5
Gold:
66
Silver:
335
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
223
South Carolina
100%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
249,496
Platinum:
339
Total Counties:
46
Gold:
33,534
Silver:
139,062
Jobs Profiled:
1,119
Bronze:
76,561
South Dakota
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
11,085
Platinum:
70
Total Counties:
66
Gold:
3,131
Silver:
6,412
Jobs Profiled:
30
Bronze:
1,472
Tennessee
12%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
104,770
Platinum:
55
Total Counties:
95
Gold:
24,372
Silver:
58,962
Jobs Profiled:
177
Bronze:
21,381
Texas
1%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
16,512
Platinum:
62
Total Counties:
254
Gold:
3,431
Silver:
9,866
Jobs Profiled:
157
Bronze:
3,153
Utah
38%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
3,181
Platinum:
22
Total Counties:
29
Gold:
988
Silver:
1,793
Jobs Profiled:
22
Bronze:
378
Vermont
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,495
Platinum:
12
Total Counties:
14
Gold:
598
Silver:
1,388
Jobs Profiled:
36
Bronze:
497
Virginia
6%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
10,899
Platinum:
33
Total Counties:
134
Gold:
1,704
Silver:
6,132
Jobs Profiled:
197
Bronze:
3,030
Washington
3%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
3,742
Platinum:
37
Total Counties:
39
Gold:
1,173
Silver:
2,070
Jobs Profiled:
40
Bronze:
462
Washington DC
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
53
Platinum:
2
Total Counties:
1
Gold:
5
Silver:
26
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
20
West Virginia
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
63,524
Platinum:
118
Total Counties:
55
Gold:
10,967
Silver:
39,965
Jobs Profiled:
103
Bronze:
12,474
Wisconsin
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
67,636
Platinum:
639
Total Counties:
72
Gold:
20,630
Silver:
35,510
Jobs Profiled:
24
Bronze:
10,857
Wyoming
4%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
7,702
Platinum:
6
Total Counties:
23
Gold:
1,802
Silver:
4,480
Jobs Profiled:
5
Bronze:
1,414
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
3,006,788
Platinum:
15,861
Total Counties:
3,141
Gold:
629,793
Employers Supporting:
9,822
Silver:
1,665,831
Jobs Profiled:
20,502
Bronze:
695,303
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 June 30, 2015 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through June 30, 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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