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
38,384
Platinum:
263
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
7,194
Silver:
19,371
Jobs Profiled:
211
Bronze:
11,556
Alaska
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
38,001
Platinum:
145
Total Counties:
31
Gold:
7,612
Silver:
21,222
Jobs Profiled:
43
Bronze:
9,022
Arizona
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
5,105
Platinum:
20
Total Counties:
15
Gold:
1,009
Silver:
3,106
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
970
Arkansas
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
59,387
Platinum:
310
Total Counties:
75
Gold:
13,749
Silver:
35,094
Jobs Profiled:
103
Bronze:
10,234
California
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
8,321
Platinum:
65
Total Counties:
58
Gold:
1,558
Silver:
4,658
Jobs Profiled:
56
Bronze:
2,040
Colorado
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
769
Platinum:
5
Total Counties:
64
Gold:
121
Silver:
499
Jobs Profiled:
16
Bronze:
144
Connecticut
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,173
Platinum:
1
Total Counties:
8
Gold:
310
Silver:
1,302
Jobs Profiled:
9
Bronze:
560
Delaware
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
181
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
3
Gold:
46
Silver:
107
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
28
Florida
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
113,866
Platinum:
218
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
21,051
Silver:
64,203
Jobs Profiled:
497
Bronze:
28,394
Georgia
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
329,161
Platinum:
1,973
Total Counties:
159
Gold:
60,398
Silver:
180,952
Jobs Profiled:
864
Bronze:
85,838
Hawaii
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
408
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
5
Gold:
37
Silver:
203
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
168
Idaho
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
85
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
44
Gold:
23
Silver:
44
Jobs Profiled:
14
Bronze:
18
Illinois
2%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
128,927
Platinum:
1,647
Total Counties:
102
Gold:
31,192
Silver:
65,864
Jobs Profiled:
63
Bronze:
30,224
Indiana
5%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
107,882
Platinum:
530
Total Counties:
92
Gold:
22,825
Silver:
63,914
Jobs Profiled:
824
Bronze:
20,613
Iowa
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
64,368
Platinum:
379
Total Counties:
99
Gold:
14,978
Silver:
36,208
Jobs Profiled:
84
Bronze:
12,803
Kansas
2%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,524
Platinum:
10
Total Counties:
105
Gold:
605
Silver:
1,484
Jobs Profiled:
71
Bronze:
425
Kentucky
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
104,688
Platinum:
424
Total Counties:
120
Gold:
18,916
Silver:
64,764
Jobs Profiled:
131
Bronze:
20,584
Louisiana
3%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
46,377
Platinum:
174
Total Counties:
64
Gold:
6,539
Silver:
25,408
Jobs Profiled:
32
Bronze:
14,256
Maine
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
50
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
16
Gold:
18
Silver:
26
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
6
Maryland
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
375
Platinum:
2
Total Counties:
24
Gold:
71
Silver:
215
Jobs Profiled:
1
Bronze:
87
Massachusetts
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
449
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
14
Gold:
70
Silver:
259
Jobs Profiled:
7
Bronze:
120
Michigan
14%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
498,936
Platinum:
3,326
Total Counties:
83
Gold:
123,850
Silver:
253,653
Jobs Profiled:
106
Bronze:
118,107
Minnesota
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
20,986
Platinum:
163
Total Counties:
87
Gold:
5,851
Silver:
11,434
Jobs Profiled:
15
Bronze:
3,538
Mississippi
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
511
Platinum:
3
Total Counties:
82
Gold:
93
Silver:
307
Jobs Profiled:
13
Bronze:
108
Missouri
46%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
58,056
Platinum:
220
Total Counties:
115
Gold:
12,754
Silver:
33,516
Jobs Profiled:
292
Bronze:
11,566
Montana
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,423
Platinum:
8
Total Counties:
56
Gold:
286
Silver:
828
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
301
Nebraska
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
840
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
93
Gold:
174
Silver:
462
Jobs Profiled:
30
Bronze:
200
Nevada
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
3,251
Platinum:
17
Total Counties:
17
Gold:
883
Silver:
1,786
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
565
New Hampshire
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
4,567
Platinum:
13
Total Counties:
10
Gold:
816
Silver:
2,671
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
1,067
New Jersey
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
425
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
21
Gold:
59
Silver:
221
Jobs Profiled:
2
Bronze:
145
New Mexico
3%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
21,961
Platinum:
45
Total Counties:
33
Gold:
3,703
Silver:
12,135
Jobs Profiled:
62
Bronze:
6,078
New York
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,428
Platinum:
7
Total Counties:
62
Gold:
232
Silver:
861
Jobs Profiled:
21
Bronze:
328
North Carolina
20%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
277,550
Platinum:
766
Total Counties:
100
Gold:
49,998
Silver:
162,441
Jobs Profiled:
831
Bronze:
64,345
North Dakota
2%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
492
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
53
Gold:
92
Silver:
284
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
116
Ohio
2%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
121,052
Platinum:
433
Total Counties:
88
Gold:
26,578
Silver:
74,866
Jobs Profiled:
292
Bronze:
19,175
Oklahoma
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
100,585
Platinum:
411
Total Counties:
77
Gold:
19,388
Silver:
58,798
Jobs Profiled:
210
Bronze:
21,988
Oregon
100%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
42,668
Platinum:
483
Total Counties:
36
Gold:
14,115
Silver:
22,833
Jobs Profiled:
73
Bronze:
5,237
Pennsylvania
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
23,422
Platinum:
119
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
6,226
Silver:
13,732
Jobs Profiled:
134
Bronze:
3,345
Rhode Island
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
584
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
5
Gold:
59
Silver:
317
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
208
South Carolina
100%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
243,636
Platinum:
329
Total Counties:
46
Gold:
32,645
Silver:
135,750
Jobs Profiled:
1,091
Bronze:
74,912
South Dakota
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
10,969
Platinum:
70
Total Counties:
66
Gold:
3,105
Silver:
6,342
Jobs Profiled:
30
Bronze:
1,452
Tennessee
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
103,760
Platinum:
54
Total Counties:
95
Gold:
24,172
Silver:
58,376
Jobs Profiled:
174
Bronze:
21,158
Texas
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
15,563
Platinum:
60
Total Counties:
254
Gold:
3,231
Silver:
9,292
Jobs Profiled:
156
Bronze:
2,980
Utah
38%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
3,085
Platinum:
22
Total Counties:
29
Gold:
955
Silver:
1,744
Jobs Profiled:
22
Bronze:
364
Vermont
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,433
Platinum:
12
Total Counties:
14
Gold:
585
Silver:
1,354
Jobs Profiled:
36
Bronze:
482
Virginia
6%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
10,318
Platinum:
28
Total Counties:
134
Gold:
1,626
Silver:
5,801
Jobs Profiled:
195
Bronze:
2,863
Washington
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
3,582
Platinum:
36
Total Counties:
39
Gold:
1,113
Silver:
1,983
Jobs Profiled:
40
Bronze:
450
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
63,004
Platinum:
118
Total Counties:
55
Gold:
10,876
Silver:
39,638
Jobs Profiled:
99
Bronze:
12,372
Wisconsin
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
48,235
Platinum:
487
Total Counties:
72
Gold:
14,738
Silver:
25,398
Jobs Profiled:
24
Bronze:
7,612
Wyoming
4%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
7,300
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
23
Gold:
1,716
Silver:
4,254
Jobs Profiled:
5
Bronze:
1,326
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,920,752
Platinum:
15,479
Total Counties:
3,141
Gold:
610,681
Employers Supporting:
8,927
Silver:
1,617,538
Jobs Profiled:
20,436
Bronze:
677,054
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 April 30, 2015 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through April 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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