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    • May 30 at 2pm ET
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ACT WRC Boot Camps

  • Omaha, NE: April 17-18 and July 10-11
  • Atlanta, GA: Aug 14-15 and Nov 13-14

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 210,810
 
Certified Communities14/67
Participating Communities18/67
Jobs Profiled271
Platinum9,939
Gold38,696
Silver101,062
Bronze61,113
Alaska
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 47,490
 
Certified Communities0/31
Participating Communities0/31
Jobs Profiled46
Platinum425
Gold9,010
Silver26,152
Bronze11,903
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 79,515
 
Certified Communities11/75
Participating Communities25/75
Jobs Profiled123
Platinum1,350
Gold18,167
Silver45,672
Bronze14,326
California
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 14,566
 
Certified Communities0/58
Participating Communities1/58
Jobs Profiled68
Platinum399
Gold2,686
Silver7,700
Bronze3,781
Colorado
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 12,078
 
Certified Communities1/64
Participating Communities3/64
Jobs Profiled33
Platinum419
Gold1,821
Silver6,582
Bronze3,256
Connecticut
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,076
 
Certified Communities0/8
Participating Communities0/8
Jobs Profiled9
Platinum54
Gold442
Silver1,703
Bronze877
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 114,887
 
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled500
Platinum299
Gold21,270
Silver64,626
Bronze28,692
Georgia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 342,811
 
Certified Communities0/159
Participating Communities0/159
Jobs Profiled1,029
Platinum2,539
Gold63,306
Silver188,034
Bronze88,932
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 165
 
Certified Communities0/44
Participating Communities0/44
Jobs Profiled14
Platinum4
Gold42
Silver90
Bronze29
Illinois
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 156,441
 
Certified Communities0/102
Participating Communities3/102
Jobs Profiled98
Platinum2,322
Gold37,860
Silver80,741
Bronze35,518
Indiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 136,728
 
Certified Communities6/92
Participating Communities8/92
Jobs Profiled1,027
Platinum1,712
Gold29,426
Silver79,745
Bronze25,845
Iowa
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 125,106
 
Certified Communities1/99
Participating Communities1/99
Jobs Profiled86
Platinum3,995
Gold28,162
Silver65,729
Bronze27,220
Kansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 47,638
 
Certified Communities3/105
Participating Communities5/105
Jobs Profiled120
Platinum3,112
Gold11,731
Silver22,731
Bronze10,064
Kentucky
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 159,621
 
Certified Communities0/120
Participating Communities0/120
Jobs Profiled143
Platinum1,858
Gold28,401
Silver101,473
Bronze27,889
Louisiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 141,607
 
Certified Communities15/64
Participating Communities24/64
Jobs Profiled44
Platinum3,875
Gold19,519
Silver74,813
Bronze43,400
Maine
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 185
 
Certified Communities0/16
Participating Communities0/16
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum14
Gold58
Silver91
Bronze22
Maryland
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 895
 
Certified Communities0/24
Participating Communities1/24
Jobs Profiled6
Platinum60
Gold194
Silver452
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 638,861
 
Certified Communities2/83
Participating Communities13/83
Jobs Profiled119
Platinum5,094
Gold151,341
Silver336,092
Bronze146,334
Minnesota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 26,506
 
Certified Communities0/87
Participating Communities1/87
Jobs Profiled15
Platinum407
Gold7,253
Silver14,259
Bronze4,587
Mississippi
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 114,753
 
Certified Communities32/82
Participating Communities45/82
Jobs Profiled39
Platinum2,409
Gold16,377
Silver60,803
Bronze35,164
Missouri
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 125,208
 
Certified Communities79/115
Participating Communities99/115
Jobs Profiled388
Platinum3,224
Gold26,162
Silver67,067
Bronze28,755
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 3,777
 
Certified Communities1/93
Participating Communities1/93
Jobs Profiled55
Platinum224
Gold775
Silver1,558
Bronze1,220
Nevada
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 10,360
 
Certified Communities1/17
Participating Communities1/17
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum521
Gold2,540
Silver4,949
Bronze2,350
New Hampshire
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 7,117
 
Certified Communities0/10
Participating Communities0/10
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum218
Gold1,521
Silver3,937
Bronze1,441
New Jersey
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 790
 
Certified Communities0/21
Participating Communities0/21
Jobs Profiled4
Platinum5
Gold101
Silver389
Bronze295
New Mexico
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 36,126
 
Certified Communities2/33
Participating Communities3/33
Jobs Profiled64
Platinum476
Gold6,246
Silver19,616
Bronze9,788
New York
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,441
 
Certified Communities0/62
Participating Communities1/62
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum254
Gold725
Silver1,631
Bronze831
North Carolina
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 484,395
 
Certified Communities43/100
Participating Communities67/100
Jobs Profiled969
Platinum14,456
Gold92,524
Silver262,953
Bronze114,462
North Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,104
 
Certified Communities0/53
Participating Communities0/53
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum211
Gold898
Silver603
Bronze392
Ohio
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 179,422
 
Certified Communities3/88
Participating Communities4/88
Jobs Profiled336
Platinum3,069
Gold38,555
Silver105,666
Bronze32,132
Oklahoma
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 144,744
 
Certified Communities1/77
Participating Communities1/77
Jobs Profiled228
Platinum2,088
Gold28,085
Silver83,229
Bronze31,342
Oregon
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 74,342
 
Certified Communities14/36
Participating Communities36/36
Jobs Profiled93
Platinum1,976
Gold21,261
Silver38,722
Bronze12,383
Pennsylvania
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 36,527
 
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled192
Platinum660
Gold9,160
Silver20,637
Bronze6,070
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 440,805
 
Certified Communities46/46
Participating Communities46/46
Jobs Profiled1,510
Platinum3,122
Gold70,925
Silver238,948
Bronze127,810
South Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 30,691
 
Certified Communities0/66
Participating Communities0/66
Jobs Profiled31
Platinum2,128
Gold8,267
Silver15,230
Bronze5,066
Tennessee
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 125,757
 
Certified Communities15/95
Participating Communities27/95
Jobs Profiled249
Platinum1,532
Gold28,966
Silver69,721
Bronze25,538
Texas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 28,417
 
Certified Communities2/254
Participating Communities5/254
Jobs Profiled186
Platinum763
Gold6,165
Silver16,146
Bronze5,343
Utah
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,185
 
Certified Communities0/29
Participating Communities0/29
Jobs Profiled23
Platinum60
Gold1,275
Silver2,320
Bronze530
Vermont
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,913
 
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled36
Platinum23
Gold683
Silver1,644
Bronze563
Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 22,568
 
Certified Communities9/134
Participating Communities20/134
Jobs Profiled243
Platinum742
Gold3,607
Silver10,848
Bronze7,371
Washington
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,424
 
Certified Communities0/39
Participating Communities1/39
Jobs Profiled47
Platinum182
Gold1,683
Silver2,838
Bronze721
Washington DC
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 171
 
Certified Communities0/1
Participating Communities0/1
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum7
Gold15
Silver53
Bronze96
West Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 68,174
 
Certified Communities0/55
Participating Communities0/55
Jobs Profiled107
Platinum413
Gold12,032
Silver42,244
Bronze13,485
Wisconsin
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 292,860
 
Certified Communities0/72
Participating Communities1/72
Jobs Profiled40
Platinum21,496
Gold81,816
Silver134,940
Bronze54,608
Wyoming
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 9,721
 
Certified Communities0/23
Participating Communities2/23
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum88
Gold2,208
Silver5,539
Bronze1,886
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

4,720,731

ACT WorkKeys NCRC Levels:
  • Platinum:100,812
  • Gold:979,311
  • Silver:2,532,706
  • Bronze:1,107,902
Participating Counties: 463
Employers Supporting: 24,999
Jobs Profiled: 22,096

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.

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