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    • The Voice of the Workforce Ecosystem
    • Premieres April 2019
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    • Nov 21, 2019
    • May 28, 2020
    • More calls scheduled in 2020
    • Details will be emailed to POCs
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    • Training Begins: March 16, 2020
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ACT WRC Boot Camp

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ACT’s Ready for Work Podcast

  • The Voice of the Workforce Ecosystem
  • Premieres April 2019
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ACT WRC Alumni Calls

  • May 30 at 2pm ET
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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 250,353
 
Certified Communities16/67
Participating Communities18/67
Jobs Profiled304
Platinum15,013
Gold46,409
Silver114,782
Bronze74,149
Alaska
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 47,763
 
Certified Communities0/31
Participating Communities0/31
Jobs Profiled46
Platinum509
Gold9,087
Silver26,219
Bronze11,948
Arizona
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,621
 
Certified Communities0/15
Participating Communities0/15
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum129
Gold1,764
Silver5,048
Bronze1,680
Arkansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 81,488
 
Certified Communities13/75
Participating Communities26/75
Jobs Profiled123
Platinum1,636
Gold18,622
Silver46,385
Bronze14,845
California
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 15,615
 
Certified Communities0/58
Participating Communities1/58
Jobs Profiled68
Platinum554
Gold2,922
Silver8,076
Bronze4,063
Colorado
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 13,667
 
Certified Communities1/64
Participating Communities3/64
Jobs Profiled35
Platinum554
Gold2,127
Silver7,182
Bronze3,804
Connecticut
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,124
 
Certified Communities0/8
Participating Communities0/8
Jobs Profiled9
Platinum58
Gold451
Silver1,721
Bronze894
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 115,156
 
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled500
Platinum336
Gold21,316
Silver64,724
Bronze28,780
Georgia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 344,137
 
Certified Communities0/159
Participating Communities0/159
Jobs Profiled1,029
Platinum2,680
Gold63,540
Silver188,525
Bronze89,392
Hawaii
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 548
 
Certified Communities0/5
Participating Communities0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum12
Gold52
Silver247
Bronze237
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 157,092
 
Certified Communities0/102
Participating Communities3/102
Jobs Profiled98
Platinum2,435
Gold38,065
Silver80,951
Bronze35,641
Indiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 137,921
 
Certified Communities7/92
Participating Communities8/92
Jobs Profiled1,039
Platinum1,989
Gold29,775
Silver80,094
Bronze26,063
Iowa
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 128,556
 
Certified Communities2/99
Participating Communities4/99
Jobs Profiled86
Platinum4,585
Gold28,877
Silver66,811
Bronze28,283
Kansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 49,550
 
Certified Communities4/105
Participating Communities10/105
Jobs Profiled120
Platinum3,462
Gold12,188
Silver23,337
Bronze10,563
Kentucky
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 162,281
 
Certified Communities0/120
Participating Communities0/120
Jobs Profiled146
Platinum2,244
Gold29,140
Silver102,690
Bronze28,207
Louisiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 158,081
 
Certified Communities16/64
Participating Communities27/64
Jobs Profiled45
Platinum4,866
Gold22,032
Silver81,585
Bronze49,598
Maine
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 203
 
Certified Communities0/16
Participating Communities0/16
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum17
Gold64
Silver95
Bronze27
Maryland
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 962
 
Certified Communities0/24
Participating Communities1/24
Jobs Profiled10
Platinum72
Gold220
Silver469
Bronze201
Massachusetts
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,046
 
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled10
Platinum10
Gold158
Silver560
Bronze318
Michigan
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 640,613
 
Certified Communities2/83
Participating Communities13/83
Jobs Profiled124
Platinum5,356
Gold151,742
Silver336,837
Bronze146,678
Minnesota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 26,812
 
Certified Communities0/87
Participating Communities1/87
Jobs Profiled15
Platinum472
Gold7,307
Silver14,351
Bronze4,682
Mississippi
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 125,397
 
Certified Communities38/82
Participating Communities52/82
Jobs Profiled40
Platinum3,311
Gold18,261
Silver64,832
Bronze38,993
Missouri
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 130,861
 
Certified Communities82/115
Participating Communities100/115
Jobs Profiled395
Platinum3,895
Gold27,350
Silver68,942
Bronze30,674
Montana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,808
 
Certified Communities0/56
Participating Communities0/56
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum23
Gold397
Silver1,025
Bronze363
Nebraska
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,361
 
Certified Communities1/93
Participating Communities2/93
Jobs Profiled55
Platinum279
Gold880
Silver1,756
Bronze1,446
Nevada
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 11,714
 
Certified Communities1/17
Participating Communities1/17
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum707
Gold2,874
Silver5,388
Bronze2,745
New Hampshire
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 7,336
 
Certified Communities0/10
Participating Communities0/10
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum283
Gold1,580
Silver3,997
Bronze1,476
New Jersey
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 810
 
Certified Communities0/21
Participating Communities0/21
Jobs Profiled4
Platinum12
Gold107
Silver394
Bronze297
New Mexico
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 37,002
 
Certified Communities2/33
Participating Communities3/33
Jobs Profiled64
Platinum613
Gold6,454
Silver19,905
Bronze10,030
New York
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,055
 
Certified Communities0/62
Participating Communities1/62
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum377
Gold877
Silver1,827
Bronze974
North Carolina
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 488,781
 
Certified Communities45/100
Participating Communities67/100
Jobs Profiled971
Platinum15,075
Gold93,483
Silver264,555
Bronze115,668
North Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,315
 
Certified Communities0/53
Participating Communities0/53
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum245
Gold1,000
Silver655
Bronze415
Ohio
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 185,859
 
Certified Communities3/88
Participating Communities4/88
Jobs Profiled338
Platinum3,899
Gold40,283
Silver108,000
Bronze33,677
Oklahoma
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 146,776
 
Certified Communities1/77
Participating Communities2/77
Jobs Profiled228
Platinum2,356
Gold28,543
Silver83,982
Bronze31,895
Oregon
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 77,960
 
Certified Communities14/36
Participating Communities36/36
Jobs Profiled93
Platinum2,667
Gold22,093
Silver39,796
Bronze13,404
Pennsylvania
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 37,589
 
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled193
Platinum810
Gold9,432
Silver20,982
Bronze6,365
Rhode Island
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,056
 
Certified Communities0/5
Participating Communities0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum4
Gold117
Silver572
Bronze363
South Carolina
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 441,542
 
Certified Communities46/46
Participating Communities46/46
Jobs Profiled1,510
Platinum3,281
Gold71,098
Silver239,203
Bronze127,960
South Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 34,484
 
Certified Communities0/66
Participating Communities0/66
Jobs Profiled31
Platinum2,786
Gold9,314
Silver16,429
Bronze5,955
Tennessee
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 127,781
 
Certified Communities16/95
Participating Communities27/95
Jobs Profiled249
Platinum1,883
Gold29,483
Silver70,394
Bronze26,021
Texas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 29,534
 
Certified Communities3/254
Participating Communities5/254
Jobs Profiled186
Platinum975
Gold6,476
Silver16,507
Bronze5,576
Utah
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,215
 
Certified Communities0/29
Participating Communities0/29
Jobs Profiled23
Platinum72
Gold1,281
Silver2,328
Bronze534
Vermont
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,930
 
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled36
Platinum26
Gold691
Silver1,647
Bronze566
Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 24,999
 
Certified Communities12/134
Participating Communities27/134
Jobs Profiled247
Platinum970
Gold3,980
Silver11,674
Bronze8,375
Washington
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,502
 
Certified Communities0/39
Participating Communities1/39
Jobs Profiled47
Platinum210
Gold1,707
Silver2,854
Bronze731
Washington DC
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 187
 
Certified Communities0/1
Participating Communities0/1
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum7
Gold17
Silver60
Bronze103
West Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 68,774
 
Certified Communities0/55
Participating Communities0/55
Jobs Profiled107
Platinum511
Gold12,196
Silver42,434
Bronze13,633
Wisconsin
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 293,077
 
Certified Communities0/72
Participating Communities1/72
Jobs Profiled42
Platinum21,528
Gold81,848
Silver134,992
Bronze54,709
Wyoming
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 9,886
 
Certified Communities0/23
Participating Communities2/23
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum130
Gold2,256
Silver5,596
Bronze1,904
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

4,865,834

ACT WorkKeys NCRC Levels:
  • Platinum:119,298
  • Gold:1,009,949
  • Silver:2,583,897
  • Bronze:1,152,690
Participating Counties: 492
Employers Supporting: 26,107
Jobs Profiled: 22,175

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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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.

"Being a site selector I often find it difficult to compare labor force data when there is little information on how the potential workforce will perform on assessments given by companies. Not only does WorkKeys® function as a preferred assessment tool in industry today, but the ACT® Work Ready Communities website allows me to compare communities so I can recommend to my clients the counties with the best scores and the percentage of the population that are taking the assessment."

Teresa Nortillo, CEcD
Nortillo Consulting Group

How Work Ready Communities are Winning the Growth Game

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Site Selectors and Business are Taking Notice

Site Selection Magazine 2020 Regional Workforce Development Rankings include ACT NCRCs as one of the top 5 components! Learn More

How does your state stack up? Site Selection Magazine January 2020 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 December 31, 2019 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through December 31, 2019 , 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.


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