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ACT WRC Boot Camps

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ACT’s Ready for Work Podcast

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

ACT WRC Alumni Calls - 1pm CT

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ACT 2019 Workforce Summit

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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 253,541
Certified Communities16/67
Participating Communities18/67
Jobs Profiled305
Platinum15,326
Gold47,069
Silver115,961
Bronze75,185

Alaska

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 47,892
Certified Communities0/31
Participating Communities0/31
Jobs Profiled46
Platinum530
Gold9,112
Silver26,267
Bronze11,983

Arizona

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,728
Certified Communities0/15
Participating Communities0/15
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum144
Gold1,791
Silver5,097
Bronze1,696

Arkansas

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 82,978
Certified Communities16/75
Participating Communities26/75
Jobs Profiled125
Platinum1,847
Gold19,008
Silver46,906
Bronze15,217

California

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 17,125
Certified Communities0/58
Participating Communities1/58
Jobs Profiled68
Platinum670
Gold3,243
Silver8,670
Bronze4,542

Colorado

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 15,609
Certified Communities1/64
Participating Communities3/64
Jobs Profiled35
Platinum704
Gold2,439
Silver7,877
Bronze4,589

Connecticut

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,128
Certified Communities0/8
Participating Communities0/8
Jobs Profiled9
Platinum59
Gold451
Silver1,722
Bronze896

Delaware

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 423
Certified Communities0/3
Participating Communities0/3
Jobs Profiled1
Platinum3
Gold114
Silver250
Bronze56

Florida

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 115,330
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled500
Platinum360
Gold21,359
Silver64,783
Bronze28,828

Georgia

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 344,823
Certified Communities0/159
Participating Communities0/159
Jobs Profiled1,030
Platinum2,757
Gold63,691
Silver188,773
Bronze89,602

Guam

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,679
Certified Communities0/1
Participating Communities0/1
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum220
Gold815
Silver2,579
Bronze2,065

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 170
Certified Communities0/44
Participating Communities0/44
Jobs Profiled14
Platinum7
Gold42
Silver92
Bronze29

Illinois

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 157,573
Certified Communities0/102
Participating Communities3/102
Jobs Profiled98
Platinum2,514
Gold38,199
Silver81,115
Bronze35,745

Indiana

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 138,926
Certified Communities7/92
Participating Communities8/92
Jobs Profiled1,044
Platinum2,177
Gold30,068
Silver80,419
Bronze26,262

Iowa

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 129,907
Certified Communities2/99
Participating Communities4/99
Jobs Profiled86
Platinum4,844
Gold29,211
Silver67,229
Bronze28,623

Kansas

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 57,557
Certified Communities4/105
Participating Communities10/105
Jobs Profiled120
Platinum4,715
Gold14,014
Silver26,088
Bronze12,740

Kentucky

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 164,283
Certified Communities0/120
Participating Communities0/120
Jobs Profiled146
Platinum2,511
Gold29,701
Silver103,605
Bronze28,466

Louisiana

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 168,248
Certified Communities16/64
Participating Communities27/64
Jobs Profiled46
Platinum5,906
Gold24,325
Silver87,007
Bronze51,010

Maine

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 228
Certified Communities0/16
Participating Communities0/16
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum21
Gold72
Silver100
Bronze35

Maryland

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,061
Certified Communities0/24
Participating Communities1/24
Jobs Profiled13
Platinum96
Gold254
Silver496
Bronze215

Massachusetts

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,083
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled10
Platinum14
Gold162
Silver572
Bronze335

Michigan

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 641,427
Certified Communities2/83
Participating Communities13/83
Jobs Profiled124
Platinum5,489
Gold151,954
Silver337,186
Bronze146,798

Minnesota

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 27,118
Certified Communities0/87
Participating Communities1/87
Jobs Profiled15
Platinum528
Gold7,391
Silver14,452
Bronze4,747

Mississippi

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 132,562
Certified Communities44/82
Participating Communities55/82
Jobs Profiled42
Platinum3,946
Gold19,519
Silver67,596
Bronze41,501

Missouri

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 136,052
Certified Communities83/115
Participating Communities100/115
Jobs Profiled396
Platinum4,424
Gold28,344
Silver70,748
Bronze32,536

Montana

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,814
Certified Communities0/56
Participating Communities0/56
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum24
Gold400
Silver1,026
Bronze364

Nebraska

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,650
Certified Communities1/93
Participating Communities2/93
Jobs Profiled55
Platinum300
Gold937
Silver1,847
Bronze1,566

Nevada

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 12,903
Certified Communities1/17
Participating Communities1/17
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum886
Gold3,194
Silver5,810
Bronze3,013

New Hampshire

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 7,446
Certified Communities0/10
Participating Communities0/10
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum311
Gold1,609
Silver4,030
Bronze1,496

New Jersey

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 891
Certified Communities0/21
Participating Communities0/21
Jobs Profiled4
Platinum44
Gold128
Silver408
Bronze311

New Mexico

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 37,424
Certified Communities2/33
Participating Communities3/33
Jobs Profiled64
Platinum666
Gold6,556
Silver20,044
Bronze10,158

New York

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,452
Certified Communities0/62
Participating Communities1/62
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum456
Gold995
Silver1,949
Bronze1,052

North Carolina

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 515,522
Certified Communities45/100
Participating Communities67/100
Jobs Profiled974
Platinum18,999
Gold99,545
Silver273,534
Bronze123,444

North Dakota

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,886
Certified Communities0/53
Participating Communities0/53
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum332
Gold1,398
Silver702
Bronze454

Ohio

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 196,113
Certified Communities3/88
Participating Communities4/88
Jobs Profiled338
Platinum4,750
Gold41,946
Silver111,278
Bronze38,139

Oklahoma

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 148,183
Certified Communities1/77
Participating Communities2/77
Jobs Profiled228
Platinum2,551
Gold28,865
Silver84,493
Bronze32,274

Oregon

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 79,574
Certified Communities14/36
Participating Communities36/36
Jobs Profiled93
Platinum2,969
Gold22,485
Silver40,274
Bronze13,846

Pennsylvania

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 38,143
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled193
Platinum893
Gold9,567
Silver21,154
Bronze6,529

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 441,873
Certified Communities46/46
Participating Communities46/46
Jobs Profiled1,513
Platinum3,335
Gold71,184
Silver239,328
Bronze128,026

South Dakota

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 36,295
Certified Communities0/66
Participating Communities0/66
Jobs Profiled31
Platinum3,125
Gold9,774
Silver17,053
Bronze6,343

Tennessee

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 129,471
Certified Communities16/95
Participating Communities27/95
Jobs Profiled249
Platinum2,234
Gold29,930
Silver70,907
Bronze26,400

Texas

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 30,342
Certified Communities3/254
Participating Communities5/254
Jobs Profiled186
Platinum1,133
Gold6,710
Silver16,755
Bronze5,744

Utah

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,219
Certified Communities0/29
Participating Communities0/29
Jobs Profiled23
Platinum73
Gold1,281
Silver2,330
Bronze535

Vermont

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,945
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled36
Platinum26
Gold692
Silver1,654
Bronze573

Virginia

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 26,692
Certified Communities13/134
Participating Communities27/134
Jobs Profiled247
Platinum1,140
Gold4,238
Silver12,256
Bronze9,058

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 219
Certified Communities0/1
Participating Communities0/1
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum9
Gold24
Silver71
Bronze115

West Virginia

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 69,366
Certified Communities0/55
Participating Communities1/55
Jobs Profiled107
Platinum589
Gold12,378
Silver42,664
Bronze13,735

Wisconsin

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 293,190
Certified Communities0/72
Participating Communities1/72
Jobs Profiled43
Platinum21,548
Gold81,862
Silver135,022
Bronze54,758

Wyoming

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 10,051
Certified Communities0/23
Participating Communities3/23
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum152
Gold2,286
Silver5,665
Bronze1,948

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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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

"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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