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ACT’s Ready for Work Podcast

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ACT WRC Alumni Calls

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ACT 2019 Workforce Summit

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  • Memphis, Tennessee
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States with State- or County-Led
ACT® Work Ready Communities

 

States with State or County Led ACT Work Ready Communities

Alabama

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 252,518
Certified Communities16/67
Participating Communities18/67
Jobs Profiled304
Platinum15,217
Gold46,847
Silver115,509
Bronze74,945

Alaska

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 47,888
Certified Communities0/31
Participating Communities0/31
Jobs Profiled46
Platinum529
Gold9,111
Silver26,265
Bronze11,983

Arizona

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,718
Certified Communities0/15
Participating Communities0/15
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum142
Gold1,789
Silver5,093
Bronze1,694

Arkansas

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 82,754
Certified Communities15/75
Participating Communities26/75
Jobs Profiled123
Platinum1,804
Gold18,935
Silver46,837
Bronze15,178

California

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 15,927
Certified Communities0/58
Participating Communities1/58
Jobs Profiled68
Platinum591
Gold2,997
Silver8,178
Bronze4,161

Colorado

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 15,146
Certified Communities1/64
Participating Communities3/64
Jobs Profiled35
Platinum655
Gold2,359
Silver7,702
Bronze4,430

Connecticut

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,127
Certified Communities0/8
Participating Communities0/8
Jobs Profiled9
Platinum59
Gold451
Silver1,722
Bronze895

Delaware

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 422
Certified Communities0/3
Participating Communities0/3
Jobs Profiled1
Platinum3
Gold113
Silver250
Bronze56

Florida

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 115,268
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled500
Platinum350
Gold21,339
Silver64,762
Bronze28,817

Georgia

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 344,703
Certified Communities0/159
Participating Communities0/159
Jobs Profiled1,030
Platinum2,731
Gold63,660
Silver188,736
Bronze89,576

Hawaii

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 552
Certified Communities0/5
Participating Communities0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum12
Gold52
Silver247
Bronze241

Idaho

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 170
Certified Communities0/44
Participating Communities0/44
Jobs Profiled14
Platinum7
Gold42
Silver92
Bronze29

Illinois

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 157,354
Certified Communities0/102
Participating Communities3/102
Jobs Profiled98
Platinum2,470
Gold38,148
Silver81,037
Bronze35,699

Indiana

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 138,706
Certified Communities7/92
Participating Communities8/92
Jobs Profiled1,044
Platinum2,133
Gold30,008
Silver80,349
Bronze26,216

Iowa

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 129,695
Certified Communities2/99
Participating Communities4/99
Jobs Profiled86
Platinum4,793
Gold29,168
Silver67,162
Bronze28,572

Kansas

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 52,788
Certified Communities4/105
Participating Communities10/105
Jobs Profiled120
Platinum3,887
Gold12,918
Silver24,452
Bronze11,531

Kentucky

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 163,598
Certified Communities0/120
Participating Communities0/120
Jobs Profiled146
Platinum2,402
Gold29,494
Silver103,320
Bronze28,382

Louisiana

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 167,950
Certified Communities16/64
Participating Communities27/64
Jobs Profiled46
Platinum5,867
Gold24,252
Silver86,873
Bronze50,958

Maine

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 213
Certified Communities0/16
Participating Communities0/16
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum19
Gold67
Silver96
Bronze31

Maryland

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,040
Certified Communities0/24
Participating Communities1/24
Jobs Profiled10
Platinum93
Gold248
Silver490
Bronze209

Massachusetts

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,080
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled10
Platinum13
Gold161
Silver571
Bronze335

Michigan

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 641,238
Certified Communities2/83
Participating Communities13/83
Jobs Profiled124
Platinum5,457
Gold151,900
Silver337,102
Bronze146,779

Minnesota

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 27,036
Certified Communities0/87
Participating Communities1/87
Jobs Profiled15
Platinum512
Gold7,370
Silver14,428
Bronze4,726

Mississippi

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 130,051
Certified Communities42/82
Participating Communities55/82
Jobs Profiled42
Platinum3,712
Gold19,079
Silver66,564
Bronze40,696

Missouri

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 135,145
Certified Communities83/115
Participating Communities100/115
Jobs Profiled395
Platinum4,314
Gold28,148
Silver70,442
Bronze32,241

Montana

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,811
Certified Communities0/56
Participating Communities0/56
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum24
Gold398
Silver1,025
Bronze364

Nebraska

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,625
Certified Communities1/93
Participating Communities2/93
Jobs Profiled55
Platinum290
Gold930
Silver1,841
Bronze1,564

Nevada

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 12,238
Certified Communities1/17
Participating Communities1/17
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum767
Gold3,012
Silver5,569
Bronze2,890

New Hampshire

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 7,427
Certified Communities0/10
Participating Communities0/10
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum304
Gold1,605
Silver4,026
Bronze1,492

New Jersey

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 811
Certified Communities0/21
Participating Communities0/21
Jobs Profiled4
Platinum12
Gold107
Silver394
Bronze298

New Mexico

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 37,312
Certified Communities2/33
Participating Communities3/33
Jobs Profiled64
Platinum651
Gold6,529
Silver19,999
Bronze10,133

New York

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,382
Certified Communities0/62
Participating Communities1/62
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum444
Gold969
Silver1,929
Bronze1,040

North Carolina

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 514,928
Certified Communities45/100
Participating Communities67/100
Jobs Profiled971
Platinum18,905
Gold99,417
Silver273,313
Bronze123,293

North Dakota

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,683
Certified Communities0/53
Participating Communities0/53
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum296
Gold1,209
Silver724
Bronze454

Ohio

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 189,839
Certified Communities3/88
Participating Communities4/88
Jobs Profiled338
Platinum4,268
Gold41,034
Silver109,440
Bronze35,097

Oklahoma

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 147,916
Certified Communities1/77
Participating Communities2/77
Jobs Profiled228
Platinum2,511
Gold28,800
Silver84,386
Bronze32,219

Oregon

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 79,560
Certified Communities14/36
Participating Communities36/36
Jobs Profiled93
Platinum2,964
Gold22,480
Silver40,270
Bronze13,846

Pennsylvania

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 38,056
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled193
Platinum880
Gold9,553
Silver21,120
Bronze6,503

Rhode Island

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,057
Certified Communities0/5
Participating Communities0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum4
Gold118
Silver572
Bronze363

South Carolina

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 441,749
Certified Communities46/46
Participating Communities46/46
Jobs Profiled1,513
Platinum3,314
Gold71,144
Silver239,285
Bronze128,006

South Dakota

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 36,132
Certified Communities0/66
Participating Communities0/66
Jobs Profiled31
Platinum3,094
Gold9,735
Silver17,004
Bronze6,299

Tennessee

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 129,053
Certified Communities16/95
Participating Communities27/95
Jobs Profiled249
Platinum2,129
Gold29,809
Silver70,786
Bronze26,329

Texas

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 30,053
Certified Communities3/254
Participating Communities5/254
Jobs Profiled186
Platinum1,061
Gold6,618
Silver16,678
Bronze5,696

Utah

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,216
Certified Communities0/29
Participating Communities0/29
Jobs Profiled23
Platinum72
Gold1,281
Silver2,329
Bronze534

Vermont

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,944
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled36
Platinum26
Gold692
Silver1,654
Bronze572

Virginia

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 26,534
Certified Communities13/134
Participating Communities27/134
Jobs Profiled247
Platinum1,116
Gold4,213
Silver12,202
Bronze9,003

Washington

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,526
Certified Communities0/39
Participating Communities1/39
Jobs Profiled47
Platinum214
Gold1,719
Silver2,860
Bronze733

Washington DC

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 196
Certified Communities0/1
Participating Communities0/1
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum8
Gold18
Silver62
Bronze108

West Virginia

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 69,053
Certified Communities0/55
Participating Communities0/55
Jobs Profiled107
Platinum554
Gold12,283
Silver42,527
Bronze13,689

Wisconsin

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 293,163
Certified Communities0/72
Participating Communities1/72
Jobs Profiled43
Platinum21,539
Gold81,853
Silver135,015
Bronze54,756

Wyoming

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 9,936
Certified Communities0/23
Participating Communities2/23
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum136
Gold2,264
Silver5,615
Bronze1,921
ACT WorkKeys NCRC EARNED STATE RANKINGS
This map shows which states have the highest number of people per capita who have earned the ACT WorkKeys NCRC.
States with the greatest percentage of earners are in dark red.
Alabama
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 22
Alaska
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 2
Arizona
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 33
Arkansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 10
California
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 43
Colorado
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 44
Connecticut
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 37
Delaware
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 42
Florida
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 23
Georgia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 5
Hawaii
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 40
Idaho
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 49
Illinois
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 18
Indiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 11
Iowa
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 9
Kansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 32
Kentucky
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 8
Louisiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 21
Maine
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 50
Maryland
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 47
Massachusetts
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 45
Michigan
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 3
Minnesota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 24
Mississippi
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 41
Missouri
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 20
Montana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 28
Nebraska
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 39
Nevada
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 29
New Hampshire
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 26
New Jersey
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 48
New Mexico
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 16
New York
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 46
North Carolina
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 7
North Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 34
Ohio
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 19
Oklahoma
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 6
Oregon
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 15
Pennsylvania
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 27
Rhode Island
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 35
South Carolina
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 1
South Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 13
Tennessee
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 12
Texas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 36
Utah
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 31
Vermont
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 25
Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 30
Washington
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 38
Washington DC
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 0
West Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 4
Wisconsin
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 17
Wyoming
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 14
 
ACT WorkKeys NCRC Earned State Rankings
  • Top
  • 1-10
  • 11-20
  • 21-30
  • 31-40
  • 41-50

What is an ACT® Work Ready Community?

ACT Work Ready Communities (WRC) empowers states, regions and counties with data, processes and tools that drive economic growth. Participants are leveraging the ACT® WorkKeys® 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.

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Total ACT® WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificates®

4,939,453

ACT WorkKeys NCRC Levels:
  • Platinum:128,722
  • Gold:1,026,328
  • Silver:2,611,099
  • Bronze:1,173,304
Participating Counties: 495
Employers Supporting: 26,572
Jobs Profiled: 22,188

Work Ready Communities Boot Camp

ACT offers 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. Learn More

Counties

Counties may engage in the ACT Work Ready Communities program. Any municipality may be accepted into the Boot Camp to build and launch their Work Ready Communities initiative. More on How to Sign Up

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Employers

Employers can be the fuel to drive successful state and county Work Ready Communities initiatives simply by recognizing the ACT® WorkKeys® 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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Employers recognize the ACT® WorkKeys® NCRC®

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Economic Development

By achieving certified ACT's Work Ready Communities status, counties are demonstrating they have a robust workforce development effort aligned to their economic development needs resulting in:

Business and Industry

know exactly what foundational skills they need for a productive workforce - and to easily communicate their needs

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Individuals

understand what skills are required by employers - and how to prepare themselves for success

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Policy makers

consistently measure the skills gap in a timely manner at the national, state and local levels

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Educators

close the skills gap, via tools integrated into career pathways with stackable industry-recognized credentials

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Economic Developers

developers use an on-demand reporting tool to market the quality of their workforce

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What Others Are Saying

"Having been in site selection for many years, it has always been difficult to ensure my clients that there is available, stable and reliable workforce in a community. However, in the last few years when I see that a county is ACT Work Ready I know that they are following the steps in planning for the current and future workforce. Therefore, our tendency at FCG is to look strongly at ACT Work Ready Communities for new site locations. I would encourage all communities to seek that status."

Mr. Deane C. Foote, CEcD
President & CEO
Foote Consulting Group, LLC

"As a national site selector, one of the few factors that are critical to almost every company and project is workforce. It is imperative for communities to focus on knowing and improving their existing workforce as well as retaining and attracting high quality talent. ACT Work Ready Communities are setting themselves apart by intentionally developing their local workforce in support of their existing companies while positioning themselves to attract new companies."

Robby Burgan
Manager, Location Strategies
Evergreen Advisors

"ACT Work Ready is truly the best workforce development marketing tool I have seen."

Chad Chancellor
Co-Founder/CEO
The Next Move Group
New Orleans, Louisiana

"Outstanding program that helps business recruit and retain qualified workers. Congrats on the milestone. As a corrorlary would recommend that all counties become work ready certified.

Dennis Donovan
Director Global Site Selection
Wadley, Donovan, Gutshaw Consulting

"Jonesboro and Craighead County are a great example of what’s right with Arkansas. Becoming an ACT Work Ready Community will make Jonesboro and Craighead County even stronger."

Governor Asa Hutchinson
Arkansas

"One of the main reasons that they decided to remain in Pottawatomie County was because of the strong work force and the county’s commitment to workforce readiness through ACT WorkReady program. Pottawatomie County is one of only three counties in the state that is Certified Work Ready."

Robert Weimann
Co-Owner, Sarto Countertops

"Being A Work Ready Community Champion allows the ease of hiring the best people, and trust what you hired them to do. It allows me to help match the employees to jobs based on verified skill levels. Finding the candidate who possesses the proper trade skill through the ACT Work Ready Program reduces the overall recruiting, onboarding and training cost. It’s a win-win for all involved."

Tracey Faulkner
Director of Human Resources, R-Tech Tool & Machine, Inc.

How Work Ready Communities are Winning the Growth Game

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Site Selectors and Business are Taking Notice

Site Selection Magazine 2019 Regional Workforce Development Rankings include ACT NCRCs as one of the top 5 components!
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How does your state stack up?
Site Selection Magazine January 2019 Annual State of the States issue reaches global corporate location decision-makers.

 

This website reports the ACT® WorkKeys 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 Work Ready Community initiative. This site only represents data stored in the ACT RegiSTAR™ system, a web-based reporting and management tool for ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificates.

State and national ACT WorkKeys NCRC data runs from January 2006 through April 30, 2020 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through April 30, 2020 , while national job profile data reaches back to 1993. Again, please note that county-level ACT WorkKeys 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.