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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 272,665
Certified Communities16/67
Participating Communities18/67
Jobs Profiled307
Platinum18,078
Gold50,848
Silver122,216
Bronze81,523

Alaska

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 48,009
Certified Communities0/31
Participating Communities0/31
Jobs Profiled46
Platinum548
Gold9,140
Silver26,300
Bronze12,021

Arizona

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,844
Certified Communities0/15
Participating Communities0/15
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum157
Gold1,819
Silver5,144
Bronze1,724

Arkansas

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 84,245
Certified Communities16/75
Participating Communities26/75
Jobs Profiled126
Platinum2,005
Gold19,292
Silver47,397
Bronze15,551

California

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 18,644
Certified Communities0/58
Participating Communities1/58
Jobs Profiled68
Platinum799
Gold3,532
Silver9,304
Bronze5,009

Colorado

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 17,251
Certified Communities1/64
Participating Communities3/64
Jobs Profiled36
Platinum821
Gold2,705
Silver8,558
Bronze5,167

Connecticut

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,139
Certified Communities0/8
Participating Communities0/8
Jobs Profiled9
Platinum61
Gold453
Silver1,726
Bronze899

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 115,501
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled500
Platinum393
Gold21,401
Silver64,851
Bronze28,856

Georgia

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 345,314
Certified Communities0/159
Participating Communities0/159
Jobs Profiled1,030
Platinum2,828
Gold63,782
Silver188,979
Bronze89,725

Guam

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,751
Certified Communities0/1
Participating Communities1/1
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum228
Gold822
Silver2,611
Bronze2,090

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 176
Certified Communities0/44
Participating Communities0/44
Jobs Profiled14
Platinum9
Gold44
Silver94
Bronze29

Illinois

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 158,122
Certified Communities0/102
Participating Communities3/102
Jobs Profiled98
Platinum2,610
Gold38,377
Silver81,305
Bronze35,830

Indiana

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 139,678
Certified Communities7/92
Participating Communities7/92
Jobs Profiled1,046
Platinum2,317
Gold30,282
Silver80,667
Bronze26,412

Iowa

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 130,808
Certified Communities2/99
Participating Communities5/99
Jobs Profiled86
Platinum4,959
Gold29,420
Silver67,521
Bronze28,908

Kansas

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 61,246
Certified Communities4/105
Participating Communities10/105
Jobs Profiled120
Platinum5,230
Gold14,910
Silver27,388
Bronze13,718

Kentucky

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 165,281
Certified Communities0/120
Participating Communities0/120
Jobs Profiled147
Platinum2,701
Gold29,963
Silver104,009
Bronze28,608

Louisiana

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 188,765
Certified Communities18/64
Participating Communities28/64
Jobs Profiled47
Platinum7,326
Gold27,454
Silver96,115
Bronze57,870

Maine

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 261
Certified Communities0/16
Participating Communities0/16
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum27
Gold82
Silver112
Bronze40

Maryland

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,265
Certified Communities0/24
Participating Communities1/24
Jobs Profiled17
Platinum133
Gold310
Silver561
Bronze261

Massachusetts

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,103
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled10
Platinum18
Gold164
Silver575
Bronze346

Michigan

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 642,191
Certified Communities2/83
Participating Communities13/83
Jobs Profiled124
Platinum5,629
Gold152,145
Silver337,488
Bronze146,929

Minnesota

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 27,353
Certified Communities0/87
Participating Communities1/87
Jobs Profiled15
Platinum575
Gold7,441
Silver14,528
Bronze4,809

Mississippi

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 142,154
Certified Communities46/82
Participating Communities55/82
Jobs Profiled42
Platinum4,732
Gold21,176
Silver71,460
Bronze44,786

Missouri

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 140,087
Certified Communities84/115
Participating Communities102/115
Jobs Profiled400
Platinum4,776
Gold29,079
Silver72,263
Bronze33,969

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 4,828
Certified Communities1/93
Participating Communities2/93
Jobs Profiled55
Platinum325
Gold969
Silver1,912
Bronze1,622

Nevada

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 13,597
Certified Communities1/17
Participating Communities1/17
Jobs Profiled1
Platinum983
Gold3,477
Silver5,975
Bronze3,162

New Hampshire

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 7,547
Certified Communities0/10
Participating Communities0/10
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum326
Gold1,629
Silver4,063
Bronze1,529

New Jersey

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 899
Certified Communities0/21
Participating Communities0/21
Jobs Profiled4
Platinum47
Gold128
Silver410
Bronze314

New Mexico

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 37,553
Certified Communities2/33
Participating Communities3/33
Jobs Profiled64
Platinum676
Gold6,590
Silver20,103
Bronze10,184

New York

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,718
Certified Communities0/62
Participating Communities1/62
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum499
Gold1,061
Silver2,041
Bronze1,117

North Carolina

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 530,352
Certified Communities47/100
Participating Communities67/100
Jobs Profiled976
Platinum21,075
Gold102,703
Silver278,762
Bronze127,812

North Dakota

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,619
Certified Communities0/53
Participating Communities0/53
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum461
Gold1,783
Silver856
Bronze519

Ohio

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 217,397
Certified Communities3/88
Participating Communities4/88
Jobs Profiled340
Platinum5,652
Gold44,281
Silver118,308
Bronze49,156

Oklahoma

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 149,654
Certified Communities1/77
Participating Communities2/77
Jobs Profiled228
Platinum2,741
Gold29,171
Silver85,100
Bronze32,642

Oregon

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 79,822
Certified Communities16/36
Participating Communities36/36
Jobs Profiled93
Platinum3,066
Gold22,550
Silver40,328
Bronze13,878

Pennsylvania

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 38,475
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled193
Platinum944
Gold9,644
Silver21,272
Bronze6,615

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 442,371
Certified Communities46/46
Participating Communities46/46
Jobs Profiled1,513
Platinum3,442
Gold71,306
Silver239,502
Bronze128,121

South Dakota

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 41,087
Certified Communities0/66
Participating Communities0/66
Jobs Profiled31
Platinum3,986
Gold10,984
Silver18,779
Bronze7,338

Tennessee

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 131,715
Certified Communities16/95
Participating Communities27/95
Jobs Profiled249
Platinum2,604
Gold30,482
Silver71,715
Bronze26,914

Texas

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 31,224
Certified Communities3/254
Participating Communities5/254
Jobs Profiled186
Platinum1,316
Gold6,979
Silver17,054
Bronze5,875

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 3,234
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled36
Platinum46
Gold760
Silver1,754
Bronze674

Virginia

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 27,413
Certified Communities14/134
Participating Communities27/134
Jobs Profiled247
Platinum1,237
Gold4,387
Silver12,508
Bronze9,281

Washington

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,535
Certified Communities0/39
Participating Communities1/39
Jobs Profiled47
Platinum214
Gold1,724
Silver2,862
Bronze735

Washington DC

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 236
Certified Communities0/1
Participating Communities0/1
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum9
Gold25
Silver81
Bronze121

West Virginia

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 69,825
Certified Communities0/55
Participating Communities1/55
Jobs Profiled107
Platinum654
Gold12,531
Silver42,809
Bronze13,831

Wisconsin

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 293,411
Certified Communities0/72
Participating Communities1/72
Jobs Profiled45
Platinum21,580
Gold81,912
Silver135,090
Bronze54,829

Wyoming

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 10,098
Certified Communities0/23
Participating Communities3/23
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum160
Gold2,292
Silver5,682
Bronze1,964

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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