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Become a Certified Work Ready Community

There are two paths to participate in the ACT® Work Ready Communities initiative – State or County approaches. In both approaches, States or Counties complete an application to engage in Work Ready Communities through the ACT Work Ready Communities Academy. There is no cost to participate in the Academy; however, attendees will incur travel expenses to attend sessions.

ACT hosts two to three Academies per year. Applications are accepted from states and counties in an ongoing bases and Academy sessions are scheduled according to demand.


Participation in the ACT® Work Ready Communities initiative is by application to the ACT Work Ready Communities Academy from a state leadership team where they build and launch their ACT Work Ready Community model. States may join through a state/regional pilot approach too. Under this state or state/regional pilot model, counties in the state or state-regions participate in ACT Work Ready Communities where the state oversees the on boarding and certification of counties in partnership with ACT. Currently Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, and Washington are leading state efforts.

A state WRC leadership team should have representatives from governor’s office, economic development, community/technical colleges, K-12 system, and business/industry. Best practices have shown that a combination state and regional leaders often lead to an effective initiative. All members of this team participate in the ACT WRC Academy. For more information, please download the ACT Work Ready Communities overview.

State Application *


ACT offers a county level program for individual counties in non-participating states to apply to participate in ACT Work Ready Communities. Counties in an ACT Work Ready Communities participating state will want to engage through their existing state programs. To determine if your state is participating, please visit the website homepage.

A local WRC leadership team should have representatives from local government, economic development, community/technical colleges, K-12 system, and business/industry. Best practice models have shown a local team comprised of these leaders is most successful in the county becoming a certified ACT Work Ready Community. A minimum of two team members participate in the ACT Work Ready Communities Academy; however, more members may attend if helpful. For more information, please download the ACT Work Ready Communities for Counties overview.

County Application *

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  1. Acceptance to ACT's WRC Academy
  2. Process to build a framework to on board and certify all counties
  3. Common fundamental criteria to establish baseline goals for county certification
  4. Communication tools to help message initiative to key stakeholders
  5. Monthly data updates via this website to track progress against goals
  6. A process for building a sustainable workforce development approach

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 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through , 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.

Please contact us if you have comments, questions or would like to receive more information.