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ACT’s Ready for Work Podcast

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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


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Alabama
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 235,040
 
Certified Communities15/67
Participating Communities18/67
Jobs Profiled271
Platinum12,286
Gold42,991
Silver109,520
Bronze70,243
Alaska
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 47,701
 
Certified Communities0/31
Participating Communities0/31
Jobs Profiled46
Platinum493
Gold9,072
Silver26,203
Bronze11,933
Arizona
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,594
 
Certified Communities0/15
Participating Communities0/15
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum124
Gold1,756
Silver5,039
Bronze1,675
Arkansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 80,813
 
Certified Communities12/75
Participating Communities26/75
Jobs Profiled123
Platinum1,580
Gold18,482
Silver46,131
Bronze14,620
California
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 15,453
 
Certified Communities0/58
Participating Communities1/58
Jobs Profiled68
Platinum523
Gold2,880
Silver8,032
Bronze4,018
Colorado
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 13,116
 
Certified Communities1/64
Participating Communities3/64
Jobs Profiled35
Platinum526
Gold2,065
Silver6,981
Bronze3,544
Connecticut
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,117
 
Certified Communities0/8
Participating Communities0/8
Jobs Profiled9
Platinum58
Gold450
Silver1,719
Bronze890
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 115,117
 
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled500
Platinum329
Gold21,304
Silver64,716
Bronze28,768
Georgia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 343,540
 
Certified Communities0/159
Participating Communities0/159
Jobs Profiled1,029
Platinum2,637
Gold63,441
Silver188,296
Bronze89,166
Hawaii
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 549
 
Certified Communities0/5
Participating Communities0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum12
Gold52
Silver248
Bronze237
Idaho
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 169
 
Certified Communities0/44
Participating Communities0/44
Jobs Profiled14
Platinum7
Gold42
Silver91
Bronze29
Illinois
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 156,995
 
Certified Communities0/102
Participating Communities3/102
Jobs Profiled98
Platinum2,420
Gold38,029
Silver80,921
Bronze35,625
Indiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 137,657
 
Certified Communities7/92
Participating Communities8/92
Jobs Profiled1,039
Platinum1,920
Gold29,684
Silver80,026
Bronze26,027
Iowa
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 127,825
 
Certified Communities1/99
Participating Communities4/99
Jobs Profiled86
Platinum4,457
Gold28,700
Silver66,558
Bronze28,110
Kansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 49,306
 
Certified Communities4/105
Participating Communities9/105
Jobs Profiled120
Platinum3,428
Gold12,127
Silver23,254
Bronze10,497
Kentucky
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 161,848
 
Certified Communities0/120
Participating Communities0/120
Jobs Profiled146
Platinum2,193
Gold29,015
Silver102,486
Bronze28,154
Louisiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 157,200
 
Certified Communities17/64
Participating Communities27/64
Jobs Profiled45
Platinum4,766
Gold21,886
Silver81,242
Bronze49,306
Maine
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 202
 
Certified Communities0/16
Participating Communities0/16
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum17
Gold63
Silver95
Bronze27
Maryland
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 949
 
Certified Communities0/24
Participating Communities1/24
Jobs Profiled10
Platinum72
Gold214
Silver465
Bronze198
Massachusetts
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,042
 
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled10
Platinum9
Gold158
Silver559
Bronze316
Michigan
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 640,306
 
Certified Communities2/83
Participating Communities13/83
Jobs Profiled124
Platinum5,313
Gold151,671
Silver336,692
Bronze146,630
Minnesota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 26,781
 
Certified Communities0/87
Participating Communities1/87
Jobs Profiled15
Platinum468
Gold7,304
Silver14,337
Bronze4,672
Mississippi
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 124,173
 
Certified Communities38/82
Participating Communities52/82
Jobs Profiled40
Platinum3,207
Gold18,045
Silver64,376
Bronze38,545
Missouri
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 129,792
 
Certified Communities81/115
Participating Communities100/115
Jobs Profiled391
Platinum3,796
Gold27,110
Silver68,616
Bronze30,270
Montana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,808
 
Certified Communities0/56
Participating Communities0/56
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum23
Gold397
Silver1,025
Bronze363
Nebraska
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,190
 
Certified Communities1/93
Participating Communities2/93
Jobs Profiled55
Platinum268
Gold846
Silver1,706
Bronze1,370
Nevada
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 11,547
 
Certified Communities1/17
Participating Communities1/17
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum695
Gold2,847
Silver5,323
Bronze2,682
New Hampshire
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 7,302
 
Certified Communities0/10
Participating Communities0/10
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum274
Gold1,567
Silver3,991
Bronze1,470
New Jersey
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 798
 
Certified Communities0/21
Participating Communities0/21
Jobs Profiled4
Platinum8
Gold103
Silver390
Bronze297
New Mexico
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 36,809
 
Certified Communities2/33
Participating Communities3/33
Jobs Profiled64
Platinum589
Gold6,414
Silver19,841
Bronze9,965
New York
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,915
 
Certified Communities0/62
Participating Communities1/62
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum353
Gold844
Silver1,781
Bronze937
North Carolina
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 487,891
 
Certified Communities44/100
Participating Communities67/100
Jobs Profiled971
Platinum14,929
Gold93,294
Silver264,234
Bronze115,434
North Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,206
 
Certified Communities0/53
Participating Communities0/53
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum227
Gold953
Silver626
Bronze400
Ohio
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 184,939
 
Certified Communities3/88
Participating Communities4/88
Jobs Profiled338
Platinum3,790
Gold40,059
Silver107,672
Bronze33,418
Oklahoma
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 146,382
 
Certified Communities1/77
Participating Communities2/77
Jobs Profiled228
Platinum2,302
Gold28,457
Silver83,840
Bronze31,783
Oregon
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 77,347
 
Certified Communities14/36
Participating Communities36/36
Jobs Profiled93
Platinum2,561
Gold21,926
Silver39,606
Bronze13,254
Pennsylvania
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 37,435
 
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled193
Platinum788
Gold9,388
Silver20,928
Bronze6,331
Rhode Island
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,056
 
Certified Communities0/5
Participating Communities0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum4
Gold117
Silver572
Bronze363
South Carolina
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 441,479
 
Certified Communities46/46
Participating Communities46/46
Jobs Profiled1,510
Platinum3,265
Gold71,080
Silver239,186
Bronze127,948
South Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 33,734
 
Certified Communities0/66
Participating Communities0/66
Jobs Profiled31
Platinum2,687
Gold9,112
Silver16,169
Bronze5,766
Tennessee
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 127,266
 
Certified Communities16/95
Participating Communities27/95
Jobs Profiled249
Platinum1,800
Gold29,360
Silver70,228
Bronze25,878
Texas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 29,352
 
Certified Communities2/254
Participating Communities5/254
Jobs Profiled186
Platinum943
Gold6,417
Silver16,444
Bronze5,548
Utah
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,215
 
Certified Communities0/29
Participating Communities0/29
Jobs Profiled23
Platinum72
Gold1,281
Silver2,328
Bronze534
Vermont
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,927
 
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled36
Platinum26
Gold690
Silver1,646
Bronze565
Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 24,409
 
Certified Communities12/134
Participating Communities27/134
Jobs Profiled246
Platinum922
Gold3,885
Silver11,455
Bronze8,147
Washington
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,474
 
Certified Communities0/39
Participating Communities1/39
Jobs Profiled47
Platinum205
Gold1,698
Silver2,845
Bronze726
Washington DC
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 181
 
Certified Communities0/1
Participating Communities0/1
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum7
Gold16
Silver58
Bronze100
West Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 68,689
 
Certified Communities0/55
Participating Communities0/55
Jobs Profiled107
Platinum499
Gold12,174
Silver42,405
Bronze13,611
Wisconsin
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 293,034
 
Certified Communities0/72
Participating Communities1/72
Jobs Profiled42
Platinum21,527
Gold81,842
Silver134,983
Bronze54,682
Wyoming
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 9,878
 
Certified Communities0/23
Participating Communities2/23
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum130
Gold2,254
Silver5,592
Bronze1,902
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

4,851,969

ACT WorkKeys NCRC Levels:
  • Platinum:117,585
  • Gold:1,006,839
  • Silver:2,578,944
  • Bronze:1,148,601
Participating Counties: 491
Employers Supporting: 25,953
Jobs Profiled: 22,137

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.

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