New ACT Work Ready Communities Boot Camp!

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States with State- or County-Led
ACT® Work Ready Communities
Hover over a state to learn more about ACT® WorkKeys® NCRC® activity there.
 

States with State or County Led ACT Work Ready Communities


About the data on this site
Alabama
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 162,262
 
Certified Counties4/67
Participating Counties18/67
Jobs Profiled262
Platinum3,523
Gold29,395
Silver83,557
Bronze45,787
Alaska
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 46,925
 
Certified Counties0/27
Participating Counties0/27
Jobs Profiled44
Platinum304
Gold8,836
Silver25,978
Bronze11,807
Arizona
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,022
 
Certified Counties0/15
Participating Counties0/15
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum77
Gold1,614
Silver4,781
Bronze1,550
Arkansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 74,777
 
Certified Counties3/75
Participating Counties22/75
Jobs Profiled123
Platinum802
Gold17,055
Silver43,958
Bronze12,962
California
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 13,046
 
Certified Counties0/58
Participating Counties1/58
Jobs Profiled68
Platinum195
Gold2,401
Silver7,114
Bronze3,336
Colorado
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 9,207
 
Certified Counties1/64
Participating Counties3/64
Jobs Profiled28
Platinum192
Gold1,305
Silver5,400
Bronze2,310
Connecticut
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,807
 
Certified Counties0/8
Participating Counties0/8
Jobs Profiled9
Platinum15
Gold387
Silver1,616
Bronze789
Delaware
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 420
 
Certified Counties0/3
Participating Counties0/3
Jobs Profiled1
Platinum3
Gold113
Silver249
Bronze55
Florida
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 114,721
 
Certified Counties0/67
Participating Counties0/67
Jobs Profiled498
Platinum268
Gold21,226
Silver64,573
Bronze28,654
Georgia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 340,239
 
Certified Counties0/159
Participating Counties0/159
Jobs Profiled1,023
Platinum2,256
Gold62,781
Silver187,101
Bronze88,101
Hawaii
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 433
 
Certified Counties0/5
Participating Counties0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum0
Gold38
Silver214
Bronze181
Idaho
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 155
 
Certified Counties0/44
Participating Counties0/44
Jobs Profiled14
Platinum4
Gold38
Silver84
Bronze29
Illinois
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 155,233
 
Certified Counties0/102
Participating Counties3/102
Jobs Profiled94
Platinum2,096
Gold37,512
Silver80,320
Bronze35,305
Indiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 133,791
 
Certified Counties6/92
Participating Counties7/92
Jobs Profiled982
Platinum1,257
Gold28,646
Silver78,746
Bronze25,142
Iowa
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 117,841
 
Certified Counties0/98
Participating Counties0/98
Jobs Profiled86
Platinum2,927
Gold26,465
Silver63,404
Bronze25,045
Kansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 33,770
 
Certified Counties3/105
Participating Counties5/105
Jobs Profiled120
Platinum1,192
Gold8,491
Silver17,846
Bronze6,241
Kentucky
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 155,584
 
Certified Counties0/120
Participating Counties0/120
Jobs Profiled141
Platinum1,310
Gold27,146
Silver99,686
Bronze27,442
Louisiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 112,988
 
Certified Counties10/64
Participating Counties18/64
Jobs Profiled42
Platinum1,849
Gold14,655
Silver63,111
Bronze33,373
Maine
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 136
 
Certified Counties0/16
Participating Counties0/16
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum4
Gold44
Silver75
Bronze13
Maryland
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 717
 
Certified Counties0/23
Participating Counties0/23
Jobs Profiled2
Platinum19
Gold151
Silver397
Bronze150
Massachusetts
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 936
 
Certified Counties0/14
Participating Counties0/14
Jobs Profiled10
Platinum5
Gold144
Silver509
Bronze278
Michigan
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 635,487
 
Certified Counties2/83
Participating Counties13/83
Jobs Profiled110
Platinum4,588
Gold150,573
Silver334,741
Bronze145,585
Minnesota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 25,857
 
Certified Counties0/87
Participating Counties1/87
Jobs Profiled15
Platinum295
Gold7,105
Silver14,057
Bronze4,400
Mississippi
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 96,245
 
Certified Counties15/82
Participating Counties39/82
Jobs Profiled33
Platinum1,146
Gold13,303
Silver53,893
Bronze27,903
Missouri
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 109,834
 
Certified Counties72/114
Participating Counties94/114
Jobs Profiled381
Platinum1,581
Gold23,023
Silver61,727
Bronze23,503
Montana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,787
 
Certified Counties0/56
Participating Counties0/56
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum20
Gold391
Silver1,017
Bronze359
Nebraska
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,891
 
Certified Counties0/93
Participating Counties1/93
Jobs Profiled55
Platinum146
Gold639
Silver1,291
Bronze815
Nevada
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,325
 
Certified Counties0/16
Participating Counties1/16
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum218
Gold1,991
Silver4,348
Bronze1,768
New Hampshire
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 6,751
 
Certified Counties0/10
Participating Counties0/10
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum132
Gold1,416
Silver3,830
Bronze1,373
New Jersey
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 786
 
Certified Counties0/21
Participating Counties0/21
Jobs Profiled4
Platinum5
Gold98
Silver388
Bronze295
New Mexico
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 34,458
 
Certified Counties2/33
Participating Counties2/33
Jobs Profiled64
Platinum270
Gold5,882
Silver19,044
Bronze9,262
New York
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,584
 
Certified Counties0/62
Participating Counties0/62
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum119
Gold522
Silver1,349
Bronze594
North Carolina
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 436,944
 
Certified Counties39/100
Participating Counties62/100
Jobs Profiled958
Platinum7,097
Gold82,334
Silver246,865
Bronze100,648
North Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,225
 
Certified Counties0/53
Participating Counties0/53
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum72
Gold434
Silver456
Bronze263
Ohio
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 168,603
 
Certified Counties3/88
Participating Counties4/88
Jobs Profiled324
Platinum1,920
Gold36,114
Silver101,640
Bronze28,929
Oklahoma
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 140,088
 
Certified Counties1/77
Participating Counties1/77
Jobs Profiled228
Platinum1,513
Gold27,002
Silver81,453
Bronze30,120
Oregon
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 68,842
 
Certified Counties14/36
Participating Counties36/36
Jobs Profiled93
Platinum1,164
Gold20,086
Silver36,893
Bronze10,699
Pennsylvania
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 34,976
 
Certified Counties0/67
Participating Counties0/67
Jobs Profiled191
Platinum446
Gold8,740
Silver20,137
Bronze5,653
Rhode Island
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,055
 
Certified Counties0/5
Participating Counties0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum4
Gold116
Silver572
Bronze363
South Carolina
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 438,754
 
Certified Counties46/46
Participating Counties46/46
Jobs Profiled1,473
Platinum2,760
Gold70,414
Silver238,182
Bronze127,398
South Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 24,992
 
Certified Counties0/66
Participating Counties0/66
Jobs Profiled31
Platinum1,081
Gold6,723
Silver13,404
Bronze3,784
Tennessee
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 121,881
 
Certified Counties12/95
Participating Counties22/95
Jobs Profiled241
Platinum768
Gold28,010
Silver68,484
Bronze24,619
Texas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 26,700
 
Certified Counties2/254
Participating Counties3/254
Jobs Profiled185
Platinum428
Gold5,750
Silver15,587
Bronze4,935
Utah
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,101
 
Certified Counties0/29
Participating Counties0/29
Jobs Profiled23
Platinum47
Gold1,241
Silver2,298
Bronze515
Vermont
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,895
 
Certified Counties0/14
Participating Counties0/14
Jobs Profiled36
Platinum19
Gold676
Silver1,641
Bronze559
Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 18,521
 
Certified Counties5/134
Participating Counties19/134
Jobs Profiled236
Platinum375
Gold2,934
Silver9,567
Bronze5,645
Washington
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,240
 
Certified Counties0/39
Participating Counties1/39
Jobs Profiled47
Platinum126
Gold1,620
Silver2,799
Bronze695
Washington DC
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 96
 
Certified Counties0/1
Participating Counties0/1
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum3
Gold7
Silver41
Bronze45
West Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 67,226
 
Certified Counties0/55
Participating Counties0/55
Jobs Profiled107
Platinum270
Gold11,781
Silver41,913
Bronze13,262
Wisconsin
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 184,063
 
Certified Counties0/72
Participating Counties1/72
Jobs Profiled36
Platinum1,441
Gold53,764
Silver99,344
Bronze29,514
Wyoming
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 9,437
 
Certified Counties0/23
Participating Counties2/23
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum55
Gold2,161
Silver5,424
Bronze1,797
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.

ACT® WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificate® Total

4,412,310

ACT WorkKeys NCRC Levels:
  • Platinum:58,169
  • Gold:912,846
  • Silver:2,424,033
  • Bronze:1,017,262
Participating Counties: 425
Employers Supporting: 22,084
Jobs Profiled: 21,912

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.

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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.

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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.

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Validate a Job Seeker's WorkKeys NCRC
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Employers recognize the ACT® WorkKeys® NCRC®

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Employers, to check whether a job seeker's National Career Readiness Certificate® is valid, enter the certificate number here.

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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

How Work Ready Communities are Winning the Growth Game

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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 September 30, 2018 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through September 30, 2018 , 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.