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Certificates Earned!

More than 5 million people in the United States have earned the ACT® WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificate® proving that they have the skills American employers need. Learn More.


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ACT WRC Alumni Calls - 1pm CT

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States with State- or County-Led
ACT® Work Ready Communities

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States with State or County Led ACT Work Ready Communities

Alabama

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 271,557
Certified Communities16/67
Participating Communities18/67
Jobs Profiled306
Platinum17,941
Gold50,610
Silver121,806
Bronze81,200

Alaska

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 47,950
Certified Communities0/31
Participating Communities0/31
Jobs Profiled46
Platinum536
Gold9,123
Silver26,286
Bronze12,005

Arizona

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,783
Certified Communities0/15
Participating Communities0/15
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum148
Gold1,804
Silver5,120
Bronze1,711

Arkansas

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 83,655
Certified Communities16/75
Participating Communities26/75
Jobs Profiled126
Platinum1,942
Gold19,169
Silver47,166
Bronze15,378

California

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 18,058
Certified Communities0/58
Participating Communities1/58
Jobs Profiled68
Platinum749
Gold3,434
Silver9,079
Bronze4,796

Colorado

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 16,351
Certified Communities1/64
Participating Communities3/64
Jobs Profiled35
Platinum770
Gold2,566
Silver8,182
Bronze4,833

Connecticut

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,132
Certified Communities0/8
Participating Communities0/8
Jobs Profiled9
Platinum59
Gold451
Silver1,725
Bronze897

Delaware

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 424
Certified Communities0/3
Participating Communities0/3
Jobs Profiled1
Platinum4
Gold113
Silver250
Bronze57

Florida

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 115,429
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled500
Platinum376
Gold21,385
Silver64,824
Bronze28,844

Georgia

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 345,077
Certified Communities0/159
Participating Communities0/159
Jobs Profiled1,030
Platinum2,792
Gold63,734
Silver188,878
Bronze89,673

Guam

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,706
Certified Communities0/1
Participating Communities1/1
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum225
Gold818
Silver2,592
Bronze2,071

Hawaii

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 604
Certified Communities0/5
Participating Communities0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum15
Gold65
Silver259
Bronze265

Idaho

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 174
Certified Communities0/44
Participating Communities0/44
Jobs Profiled14
Platinum8
Gold43
Silver94
Bronze29

Illinois

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 157,900
Certified Communities0/102
Participating Communities3/102
Jobs Profiled98
Platinum2,564
Gold38,289
Silver81,242
Bronze35,805

Indiana

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 139,266
Certified Communities7/92
Participating Communities7/92
Jobs Profiled1,045
Platinum2,232
Gold30,168
Silver80,541
Bronze26,325

Iowa

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 130,297
Certified Communities2/99
Participating Communities5/99
Jobs Profiled86
Platinum4,897
Gold29,314
Silver67,339
Bronze28,747

Kansas

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 58,030
Certified Communities4/105
Participating Communities10/105
Jobs Profiled120
Platinum4,786
Gold14,133
Silver26,238
Bronze12,873

Kentucky

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 164,859
Certified Communities0/120
Participating Communities0/120
Jobs Profiled147
Platinum2,621
Gold29,848
Silver103,837
Bronze28,553

Louisiana

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 178,789
Certified Communities18/64
Participating Communities28/64
Jobs Profiled46
Platinum6,545
Gold25,786
Silver91,282
Bronze55,176

Maine

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 255
Certified Communities0/16
Participating Communities0/16
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum27
Gold79
Silver108
Bronze41

Maryland

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,146
Certified Communities0/24
Participating Communities1/24
Jobs Profiled17
Platinum105
Gold270
Silver530
Bronze241

Massachusetts

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,094
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled10
Platinum16
Gold162
Silver574
Bronze342

Michigan

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 641,944
Certified Communities2/83
Participating Communities13/83
Jobs Profiled124
Platinum5,595
Gold152,072
Silver337,391
Bronze146,886

Minnesota

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 27,262
Certified Communities0/87
Participating Communities1/87
Jobs Profiled15
Platinum561
Gold7,421
Silver14,503
Bronze4,777

Mississippi

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 137,276
Certified Communities45/82
Participating Communities55/82
Jobs Profiled42
Platinum4,307
Gold20,256
Silver69,527
Bronze43,186

Missouri

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 137,870
Certified Communities83/115
Participating Communities102/115
Jobs Profiled400
Platinum4,596
Gold28,669
Silver71,455
Bronze33,150

Montana

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,826
Certified Communities0/56
Participating Communities0/56
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum25
Gold402
Silver1,029
Bronze370

Nebraska

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,763
Certified Communities1/93
Participating Communities2/93
Jobs Profiled55
Platinum319
Gold954
Silver1,889
Bronze1,601

Nevada

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 13,290
Certified Communities1/17
Participating Communities1/17
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum934
Gold3,281
Silver5,957
Bronze3,118

New Hampshire

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 7,487
Certified Communities0/10
Participating Communities0/10
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum319
Gold1,621
Silver4,041
Bronze1,506

New Jersey

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 895
Certified Communities0/21
Participating Communities0/21
Jobs Profiled4
Platinum45
Gold128
Silver410
Bronze312

New Mexico

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 37,540
Certified Communities2/33
Participating Communities3/33
Jobs Profiled64
Platinum676
Gold6,583
Silver20,098
Bronze10,183

New York

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,608
Certified Communities0/62
Participating Communities1/62
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum474
Gold1,029
Silver2,000
Bronze1,105

North Carolina

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 526,575
Certified Communities47/100
Participating Communities67/100
Jobs Profiled975
Platinum20,526
Gold101,851
Silver277,388
Bronze126,810

North Dakota

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,128
Certified Communities0/53
Participating Communities0/53
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum381
Gold1,544
Silver746
Bronze457

Ohio

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 215,130
Certified Communities3/88
Participating Communities4/88
Jobs Profiled340
Platinum5,360
Gold43,704
Silver117,389
Bronze48,677

Oklahoma

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 148,987
Certified Communities1/77
Participating Communities2/77
Jobs Profiled228
Platinum2,654
Gold29,023
Silver84,837
Bronze32,473

Oregon

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 79,683
Certified Communities14/36
Participating Communities36/36
Jobs Profiled93
Platinum3,013
Gold22,520
Silver40,293
Bronze13,857

Pennsylvania

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 38,361
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled193
Platinum921
Gold9,620
Silver21,230
Bronze6,590

Rhode Island

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,058
Certified Communities0/5
Participating Communities0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum4
Gold118
Silver572
Bronze364

South Carolina

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 442,131
Certified Communities46/46
Participating Communities46/46
Jobs Profiled1,513
Platinum3,387
Gold71,249
Silver239,418
Bronze128,077

South Dakota

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 39,507
Certified Communities0/66
Participating Communities0/66
Jobs Profiled31
Platinum3,753
Gold10,597
Silver18,180
Bronze6,977

Tennessee

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 130,856
Certified Communities16/95
Participating Communities27/95
Jobs Profiled249
Platinum2,447
Gold30,246
Silver71,402
Bronze26,761

Texas

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 30,853
Certified Communities3/254
Participating Communities5/254
Jobs Profiled186
Platinum1,229
Gold6,857
Silver16,937
Bronze5,830

Utah

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,221
Certified Communities0/29
Participating Communities0/29
Jobs Profiled23
Platinum74
Gold1,281
Silver2,330
Bronze536

Vermont

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,065
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled36
Platinum31
Gold722
Silver1,698
Bronze614

Virginia

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 27,024
Certified Communities13/134
Participating Communities27/134
Jobs Profiled247
Platinum1,185
Gold4,315
Silver12,360
Bronze9,164

Washington

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,527
Certified Communities0/39
Participating Communities1/39
Jobs Profiled47
Platinum214
Gold1,720
Silver2,860
Bronze733

Washington DC

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 222
Certified Communities0/1
Participating Communities0/1
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum9
Gold25
Silver72
Bronze116

West Virginia

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 69,625
Certified Communities0/55
Participating Communities1/55
Jobs Profiled107
Platinum628
Gold12,466
Silver42,751
Bronze13,780

Wisconsin

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 293,328
Certified Communities0/72
Participating Communities1/72
Jobs Profiled45
Platinum21,571
Gold81,898
Silver135,058
Bronze54,801

Wyoming

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 10,078
Certified Communities0/23
Participating Communities3/23
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum159
Gold2,289
Silver5,674
Bronze1,956

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

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

"The Mississippi Economic Council appreciates both the Legislature and the Mississippi Department of Education for providing an additional focus on career and technical education. This is another example of the importance of making sure our students have the tools necessary to help them make career decisions that can lead to long-term success right here in Mississippi. The ACT WorkKeys assessment is being used more and more by businesses across the state and provides our students a great pathway to a successful career."

Scott Waller
President and CEO of MEC

"Now more than ever, Missouri needs a strong, skilled workforce to move our economy forward. Initiatives like ACT's Work Ready Communities are critical to preparing our future generation for high-skill, high-demand jobs, and we are proud to be leading the nation in this effort."

Mike Parson
Missouri Governor

"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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