• 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

    • Nov 21, 2019
    • May 28, 2020
    • More calls scheduled in 2020
    • Details will be emailed to POCs
  • ACT 2019 Workforce Summit

    • Save the Date!
    • October 28-30, Charlotte, North Carolina

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 212,888
 
Certified Communities15/67
Participating Communities18/67
Jobs Profiled271
Platinum10,118
Gold39,109
Silver101,802
Bronze61,859
Alaska
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 47,645
 
Certified Communities0/31
Participating Communities0/31
Jobs Profiled46
Platinum476
Gold9,058
Silver26,189
Bronze11,922
Arizona
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,525
 
Certified Communities0/15
Participating Communities0/15
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum117
Gold1,736
Silver5,013
Bronze1,659
Arkansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 80,343
 
Certified Communities12/75
Participating Communities25/75
Jobs Profiled123
Platinum1,511
Gold18,360
Silver45,978
Bronze14,494
California
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 15,135
 
Certified Communities0/58
Participating Communities1/58
Jobs Profiled68
Platinum489
Gold2,807
Silver7,908
Bronze3,931
Colorado
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 12,470
 
Certified Communities1/64
Participating Communities3/64
Jobs Profiled34
Platinum478
Gold1,932
Silver6,715
Bronze3,345
Connecticut
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,097
 
Certified Communities0/8
Participating Communities0/8
Jobs Profiled9
Platinum57
Gold447
Silver1,710
Bronze883
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 115,010
 
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled500
Platinum315
Gold21,286
Silver64,678
Bronze28,731
Georgia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 343,282
 
Certified Communities0/159
Participating Communities0/159
Jobs Profiled1,029
Platinum2,604
Gold63,401
Silver188,198
Bronze89,079
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 156,769
 
Certified Communities0/102
Participating Communities3/102
Jobs Profiled98
Platinum2,387
Gold37,959
Silver80,842
Bronze35,581
Indiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 137,251
 
Certified Communities7/92
Participating Communities8/92
Jobs Profiled1,038
Platinum1,829
Gold29,584
Silver79,908
Bronze25,930
Iowa
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 126,819
 
Certified Communities1/99
Participating Communities2/99
Jobs Profiled86
Platinum4,279
Gold28,474
Silver66,239
Bronze27,827
Kansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 48,559
 
Certified Communities4/105
Participating Communities7/105
Jobs Profiled120
Platinum3,300
Gold11,955
Silver23,014
Bronze10,290
Kentucky
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 160,954
 
Certified Communities0/120
Participating Communities0/120
Jobs Profiled143
Platinum2,078
Gold28,763
Silver102,061
Bronze28,052
Louisiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 142,065
 
Certified Communities15/64
Participating Communities27/64
Jobs Profiled44
Platinum3,933
Gold19,617
Silver74,973
Bronze43,542
Maine
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 194
 
Certified Communities0/16
Participating Communities0/16
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum16
Gold61
Silver94
Bronze23
Maryland
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 928
 
Certified Communities0/24
Participating Communities1/24
Jobs Profiled9
Platinum68
Gold207
Silver459
Bronze194
Massachusetts
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,011
 
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled10
Platinum8
Gold153
Silver540
Bronze310
Michigan
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 639,531
 
Certified Communities2/83
Participating Communities13/83
Jobs Profiled123
Platinum5,199
Gold151,507
Silver336,363
Bronze146,462
Minnesota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 26,688
 
Certified Communities0/87
Participating Communities1/87
Jobs Profiled15
Platinum446
Gold7,291
Silver14,315
Bronze4,636
Mississippi
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 119,155
 
Certified Communities37/82
Participating Communities49/82
Jobs Profiled40
Platinum2,753
Gold17,149
Silver62,499
Bronze36,754
Missouri
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 127,231
 
Certified Communities79/115
Participating Communities99/115
Jobs Profiled390
Platinum3,523
Gold26,588
Silver67,763
Bronze29,357
Montana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,803
 
Certified Communities0/56
Participating Communities0/56
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum22
Gold394
Silver1,024
Bronze363
Nebraska
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,937
 
Certified Communities1/93
Participating Communities2/93
Jobs Profiled55
Platinum249
Gold806
Silver1,610
Bronze1,272
Nevada
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 11,140
 
Certified Communities1/17
Participating Communities1/17
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum646
Gold2,740
Silver5,225
Bronze2,529
New Hampshire
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 7,228
 
Certified Communities0/10
Participating Communities0/10
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum253
Gold1,551
Silver3,965
Bronze1,459
New Jersey
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 795
 
Certified Communities0/21
Participating Communities0/21
Jobs Profiled4
Platinum8
Gold102
Silver389
Bronze296
New Mexico
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 36,613
 
Certified Communities2/33
Participating Communities3/33
Jobs Profiled64
Platinum556
Gold6,376
Silver19,783
Bronze9,898
New York
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,732
 
Certified Communities0/62
Participating Communities1/62
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum316
Gold794
Silver1,720
Bronze902
North Carolina
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 486,070
 
Certified Communities44/100
Participating Communities67/100
Jobs Profiled970
Platinum14,718
Gold92,881
Silver263,562
Bronze114,909
North Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,129
 
Certified Communities0/53
Participating Communities0/53
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum216
Gold911
Silver609
Bronze393
Ohio
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 182,769
 
Certified Communities3/88
Participating Communities4/88
Jobs Profiled337
Platinum3,576
Gold39,531
Silver106,919
Bronze32,743
Oklahoma
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 145,395
 
Certified Communities1/77
Participating Communities1/77
Jobs Profiled228
Platinum2,189
Gold28,231
Silver83,469
Bronze31,506
Oregon
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 75,487
 
Certified Communities14/36
Participating Communities36/36
Jobs Profiled93
Platinum2,271
Gold21,536
Silver39,012
Bronze12,668
Pennsylvania
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 37,160
 
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled193
Platinum751
Gold9,314
Silver20,854
Bronze6,241
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 441,294
 
Certified Communities46/46
Participating Communities46/46
Jobs Profiled1,510
Platinum3,231
Gold71,046
Silver239,105
Bronze127,912
South Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 31,088
 
Certified Communities0/66
Participating Communities0/66
Jobs Profiled31
Platinum2,213
Gold8,394
Silver15,345
Bronze5,136
Tennessee
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 126,425
 
Certified Communities15/95
Participating Communities27/95
Jobs Profiled249
Platinum1,644
Gold29,144
Silver69,937
Bronze25,700
Texas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 28,957
 
Certified Communities2/254
Participating Communities5/254
Jobs Profiled186
Platinum870
Gold6,321
Silver16,318
Bronze5,448
Utah
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,193
 
Certified Communities0/29
Participating Communities0/29
Jobs Profiled23
Platinum60
Gold1,279
Silver2,322
Bronze532
Vermont
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,924
 
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled36
Platinum25
Gold688
Silver1,646
Bronze565
Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 23,281
 
Certified Communities9/134
Participating Communities27/134
Jobs Profiled245
Platinum840
Gold3,735
Silver11,073
Bronze7,633
Washington
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,459
 
Certified Communities0/39
Participating Communities1/39
Jobs Profiled47
Platinum197
Gold1,695
Silver2,842
Bronze725
Washington DC
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 180
 
Certified Communities0/1
Participating Communities0/1
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum7
Gold16
Silver58
Bronze99
West Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 68,483
 
Certified Communities0/55
Participating Communities0/55
Jobs Profiled107
Platinum464
Gold12,119
Silver42,342
Bronze13,558
Wisconsin
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 292,971
 
Certified Communities0/72
Participating Communities1/72
Jobs Profiled41
Platinum21,521
Gold81,831
Silver134,968
Bronze54,651
Wyoming
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 9,809
 
Certified Communities0/23
Participating Communities2/23
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum112
Gold2,231
Silver5,568
Bronze1,898
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

4,771,908

ACT WorkKeys NCRC Levels:
  • Platinum:108,317
  • Gold:991,252
  • Silver:2,550,133
  • Bronze:1,122,206
Participating Counties: 481
Employers Supporting: 25,691
Jobs Profiled: 22,124

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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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

"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 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 September 30, 2019 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through September 30, 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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