Become a Certified Work Ready Community

There are two paths to participate in the ACT® Work Ready Communities initiative – State or County approaches.

ACT accepts applications in an on-going basis from states and counties. The next ACT Work Ready Communities Academy for counties will be offered beginning summer 2014. Counties will be accepted in order that their applications are received. The ACT Work Ready Communities Academy for States will be scheduled as needed. For more information, please contact Debra Lyons as 404-231-5018 or by email at debra.lyons@act.org.



States and Regions

Participation in the ACT® Certified Work Ready Communities initiative is by application from state or regional leadership teams. The initiative launched in December 2011; Missouri, Oregon and South Carolina were in the first round of participating states and are making great progress in moving their state initiatives forward. Utah, Wyoming and the Virginia-Dan River Region Collaborative joined Round II in 2012. Michigan was among the first states to join Round III in 2013. Under this state/region model, counties in the state or region participate in ACT CWRC initiative effort under the auspices of the state or regional CWRC program.

State Application

INDIVIDUAL COMMUNITIES

ACT is now offering a pilot program for individual counties in non-participating states to apply to participate directly with ACT in its CWRC initiative. Counties in a CWRC state will need to engage through their existing state programs. To determine if your state is participating, please visit the website homepage.

A local CWRC leadership team should have representatives from local government, economic development, community/technical college, K-12 system, and business/industry. Best practice models have shown a local team comprised of these leaders is most successful in becoming a CWRC county.

County Application

PARTICIPATING STATES AND REGIONS RECEIVE:

  1. Acceptance to ACT's CWRC 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

NCRC data for non-participating states is also reported on this website, but without common criteria goals and business engagement data.




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.


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