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ACT WRC Boot Camp

  • Atlanta, GA: Nov 13-14 and Feb 19-20

ACT’s Ready for Work Podcast

  • The Voice of the Workforce Ecosystem
  • Premieres April 2019
  • Learn economic development strategies and more

ACT WRC Alumni Calls

  • May 30 at 2pm ET
  • August 29 at 2pm ET
  • Details will be emailed to POCs
 

ACT 2019 Workforce Summit

  • Save the Date!
  • October 28-30, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Now accepting proposals
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 190,480
 
Certified Communities14/67
Participating Communities18/67
Jobs Profiled271
Platinum7,731
Gold34,763
Silver93,994
Bronze53,992
Alaska
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 47,530
 
Certified Communities0/31
Participating Communities0/31
Jobs Profiled46
Platinum435
Gold9,025
Silver26,160
Bronze11,910
Arizona
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,482
 
Certified Communities0/15
Participating Communities0/15
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum112
Gold1,721
Silver4,996
Bronze1,653
Arkansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 79,841
 
Certified Communities12/75
Participating Communities25/75
Jobs Profiled123
Platinum1,423
Gold18,255
Silver45,776
Bronze14,387
California
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 14,720
 
Certified Communities0/58
Participating Communities1/58
Jobs Profiled68
Platinum422
Gold2,722
Silver7,762
Bronze3,814
Colorado
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 12,165
 
Certified Communities1/64
Participating Communities3/64
Jobs Profiled33
Platinum433
Gold1,839
Silver6,620
Bronze3,273
Connecticut
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,091
 
Certified Communities0/8
Participating Communities0/8
Jobs Profiled9
Platinum56
Gold446
Silver1,708
Bronze881
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 114,920
 
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled500
Platinum303
Gold21,275
Silver64,639
Bronze28,703
Georgia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 342,968
 
Certified Communities0/159
Participating Communities0/159
Jobs Profiled1,029
Platinum2,556
Gold63,335
Silver188,092
Bronze88,985
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 166
 
Certified Communities0/44
Participating Communities0/44
Jobs Profiled14
Platinum5
Gold42
Silver90
Bronze29
Illinois
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 156,532
 
Certified Communities0/102
Participating Communities3/102
Jobs Profiled98
Platinum2,342
Gold37,888
Silver80,769
Bronze35,533
Indiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 136,842
 
Certified Communities7/92
Participating Communities8/92
Jobs Profiled1,031
Platinum1,739
Gold29,463
Silver79,778
Bronze25,862
Iowa
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 125,394
 
Certified Communities1/99
Participating Communities2/99
Jobs Profiled86
Platinum4,055
Gold28,225
Silver65,823
Bronze27,291
Kansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 47,920
 
Certified Communities4/105
Participating Communities5/105
Jobs Profiled120
Platinum3,178
Gold11,797
Silver22,807
Bronze10,138
Kentucky
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 159,991
 
Certified Communities0/120
Participating Communities0/120
Jobs Profiled143
Platinum1,920
Gold28,492
Silver101,641
Bronze27,938
Louisiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 141,801
 
Certified Communities15/64
Participating Communities26/64
Jobs Profiled44
Platinum3,904
Gold19,569
Silver74,889
Bronze43,439
Maine
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 189
 
Certified Communities0/16
Participating Communities0/16
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum15
Gold60
Silver91
Bronze23
Maryland
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 900
 
Certified Communities0/24
Participating Communities1/24
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum63
Gold194
Silver454
Bronze189
Massachusetts
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 982
 
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled10
Platinum7
Gold150
Silver524
Bronze301
Michigan
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 639,093
 
Certified Communities2/83
Participating Communities13/83
Jobs Profiled120
Platinum5,115
Gold151,398
Silver336,187
Bronze146,393
Minnesota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 26,553
 
Certified Communities0/87
Participating Communities1/87
Jobs Profiled15
Platinum412
Gold7,264
Silver14,271
Bronze4,606
Mississippi
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 115,923
 
Certified Communities33/82
Participating Communities45/82
Jobs Profiled40
Platinum2,515
Gold16,600
Silver61,243
Bronze35,565
Missouri
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 125,723
 
Certified Communities79/115
Participating Communities99/115
Jobs Profiled388
Platinum3,297
Gold26,258
Silver67,250
Bronze28,918
Montana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,801
 
Certified Communities0/56
Participating Communities0/56
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum22
Gold393
Silver1,023
Bronze363
Nebraska
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,823
 
Certified Communities1/93
Participating Communities1/93
Jobs Profiled55
Platinum233
Gold787
Silver1,571
Bronze1,232
Nevada
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 10,404
 
Certified Communities1/17
Participating Communities1/17
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum535
Gold2,551
Silver4,958
Bronze2,360
New Hampshire
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 7,149
 
Certified Communities0/10
Participating Communities0/10
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum230
Gold1,530
Silver3,944
Bronze1,445
New Jersey
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 792
 
Certified Communities0/21
Participating Communities0/21
Jobs Profiled4
Platinum6
Gold102
Silver389
Bronze295
New Mexico
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 36,317
 
Certified Communities2/33
Participating Communities3/33
Jobs Profiled64
Platinum509
Gold6,301
Silver19,675
Bronze9,832
New York
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,591
 
Certified Communities0/62
Participating Communities1/62
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum282
Gold762
Silver1,672
Bronze875
North Carolina
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 484,840
 
Certified Communities44/100
Participating Communities67/100
Jobs Profiled969
Platinum14,516
Gold92,620
Silver263,108
Bronze114,596
North Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,109
 
Certified Communities0/53
Participating Communities0/53
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum213
Gold902
Silver602
Bronze392
Ohio
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 180,345
 
Certified Communities3/88
Participating Communities4/88
Jobs Profiled336
Platinum3,224
Gold38,837
Silver105,998
Bronze32,286
Oklahoma
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 144,929
 
Certified Communities1/77
Participating Communities1/77
Jobs Profiled228
Platinum2,112
Gold28,136
Silver83,299
Bronze31,382
Oregon
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 74,706
 
Certified Communities14/36
Participating Communities36/36
Jobs Profiled93
Platinum2,085
Gold21,361
Silver38,805
Bronze12,455
Pennsylvania
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 36,689
 
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled193
Platinum686
Gold9,196
Silver20,690
Bronze6,117
Rhode Island
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,055
 
Certified Communities0/5
Participating Communities0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum3
Gold117
Silver572
Bronze363
South Carolina
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 440,958
 
Certified Communities46/46
Participating Communities46/46
Jobs Profiled1,510
Platinum3,147
Gold70,962
Silver239,001
Bronze127,848
South Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 30,754
 
Certified Communities0/66
Participating Communities0/66
Jobs Profiled31
Platinum2,154
Gold8,287
Silver15,239
Bronze5,074
Tennessee
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 125,860
 
Certified Communities15/95
Participating Communities27/95
Jobs Profiled249
Platinum1,547
Gold28,984
Silver69,761
Bronze25,568
Texas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 28,617
 
Certified Communities2/254
Participating Communities5/254
Jobs Profiled186
Platinum798
Gold6,229
Silver16,218
Bronze5,372
Utah
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,186
 
Certified Communities0/29
Participating Communities0/29
Jobs Profiled23
Platinum60
Gold1,276
Silver2,320
Bronze530
Vermont
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,914
 
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled36
Platinum23
Gold684
Silver1,644
Bronze563
Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 22,728
 
Certified Communities9/134
Participating Communities20/134
Jobs Profiled243
Platinum762
Gold3,636
Silver10,889
Bronze7,441
Washington
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,439
 
Certified Communities0/39
Participating Communities1/39
Jobs Profiled47
Platinum189
Gold1,689
Silver2,839
Bronze722
Washington DC
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 178
 
Certified Communities0/1
Participating Communities0/1
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum7
Gold16
Silver58
Bronze97
West Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 68,255
 
Certified Communities0/55
Participating Communities0/55
Jobs Profiled107
Platinum427
Gold12,053
Silver42,267
Bronze13,508
Wisconsin
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 292,912
 
Certified Communities0/72
Participating Communities1/72
Jobs Profiled41
Platinum21,505
Gold81,824
Silver134,956
Bronze54,627
Wyoming
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 9,767
 
Certified Communities0/23
Participating Communities2/23
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum102
Gold2,223
Silver5,551
Bronze1,891
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

4,729,074

ACT WorkKeys NCRC Levels:
  • Platinum:102,783
  • Gold:982,211
  • Silver:2,535,132
  • Bronze:1,108,948
Participating Counties: 466
Employers Supporting: 25,306
Jobs Profiled: 22,105

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.

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! Learn More

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 July 31, 2019 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through July 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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