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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
 

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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


About the data on this site
Alabama
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 209,991
 
Certified Communities14/67
Participating Communities18/67
Jobs Profiled271
Platinum9,855
Gold38,531
Silver100,744
Bronze60,861
Alaska
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 47,394
 
Certified Communities0/31
Participating Communities0/31
Jobs Profiled46
Platinum415
Gold8,998
Silver26,122
Bronze11,859
Arizona
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,466
 
Certified Communities0/15
Participating Communities0/15
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum111
Gold1,718
Silver4,992
Bronze1,645
Arkansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 79,287
 
Certified Communities10/75
Participating Communities25/75
Jobs Profiled123
Platinum1,314
Gold18,097
Silver45,595
Bronze14,281
California
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 14,395
 
Certified Communities0/58
Participating Communities1/58
Jobs Profiled68
Platinum360
Gold2,654
Silver7,640
Bronze3,741
Colorado
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 11,577
 
Certified Communities1/64
Participating Communities3/64
Jobs Profiled33
Platinum380
Gold1,756
Silver6,346
Bronze3,095
Connecticut
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,996
 
Certified Communities0/8
Participating Communities0/8
Jobs Profiled9
Platinum39
Gold427
Silver1,675
Bronze855
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 114,873
 
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled500
Platinum296
Gold21,269
Silver64,622
Bronze28,686
Georgia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 342,681
 
Certified Communities0/159
Participating Communities0/159
Jobs Profiled1,029
Platinum2,519
Gold63,275
Silver187,999
Bronze88,888
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 156,305
 
Certified Communities0/102
Participating Communities3/102
Jobs Profiled98
Platinum2,294
Gold37,818
Silver80,701
Bronze35,492
Indiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 136,543
 
Certified Communities6/92
Participating Communities8/92
Jobs Profiled1,026
Platinum1,669
Gold29,381
Silver79,686
Bronze25,807
Iowa
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 124,569
 
Certified Communities1/99
Participating Communities1/99
Jobs Profiled86
Platinum3,873
Gold28,034
Silver65,584
Bronze27,078
Kansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 38,416
 
Certified Communities3/105
Participating Communities5/105
Jobs Profiled120
Platinum1,960
Gold9,705
Silver19,422
Bronze7,329
Kentucky
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 159,097
 
Certified Communities0/120
Participating Communities0/120
Jobs Profiled143
Platinum1,780
Gold28,249
Silver101,229
Bronze27,839
Louisiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 141,285
 
Certified Communities15/64
Participating Communities22/64
Jobs Profiled44
Platinum3,801
Gold19,414
Silver74,720
Bronze43,350
Maine
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 181
 
Certified Communities0/16
Participating Communities0/16
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum12
Gold57
Silver91
Bronze21
Maryland
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 790
 
Certified Communities0/24
Participating Communities1/24
Jobs Profiled3
Platinum27
Gold166
Silver421
Bronze176
Massachusetts
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 973
 
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled10
Platinum7
Gold148
Silver522
Bronze296
Michigan
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 638,441
 
Certified Communities2/83
Participating Communities13/83
Jobs Profiled113
Platinum5,015
Gold151,238
Silver335,932
Bronze146,256
Minnesota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 26,446
 
Certified Communities0/87
Participating Communities1/87
Jobs Profiled15
Platinum389
Gold7,239
Silver14,247
Bronze4,571
Mississippi
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 113,579
 
Certified Communities30/82
Participating Communities45/82
Jobs Profiled39
Platinum2,321
Gold16,185
Silver60,350
Bronze34,723
Missouri
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 124,347
 
Certified Communities78/115
Participating Communities99/115
Jobs Profiled388
Platinum3,118
Gold25,992
Silver66,783
Bronze28,454
Montana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,799
 
Certified Communities0/56
Participating Communities0/56
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum21
Gold393
Silver1,022
Bronze363
Nebraska
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,574
 
Certified Communities1/93
Participating Communities1/93
Jobs Profiled55
Platinum213
Gold750
Silver1,512
Bronze1,099
Nevada
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 10,235
 
Certified Communities1/17
Participating Communities1/17
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum506
Gold2,513
Silver4,911
Bronze2,305
New Hampshire
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 7,056
 
Certified Communities0/10
Participating Communities0/10
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum200
Gold1,500
Silver3,923
Bronze1,433
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 36,008
 
Certified Communities2/33
Participating Communities3/33
Jobs Profiled64
Platinum461
Gold6,217
Silver19,581
Bronze9,749
New York
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,363
 
Certified Communities0/62
Participating Communities1/62
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum232
Gold698
Silver1,616
Bronze817
North Carolina
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 483,887
 
Certified Communities43/100
Participating Communities67/100
Jobs Profiled968
Platinum14,391
Gold92,411
Silver262,763
Bronze114,322
North Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,050
 
Certified Communities0/53
Participating Communities0/53
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum195
Gold842
Silver622
Bronze391
Ohio
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 178,095
 
Certified Communities3/88
Participating Communities4/88
Jobs Profiled336
Platinum2,876
Gold38,210
Silver105,197
Bronze31,812
Oklahoma
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 144,501
 
Certified Communities1/77
Participating Communities1/77
Jobs Profiled228
Platinum2,056
Gold28,037
Silver83,137
Bronze31,271
Oregon
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 73,869
 
Certified Communities14/36
Participating Communities36/36
Jobs Profiled93
Platinum1,900
Gold21,153
Silver38,573
Bronze12,243
Pennsylvania
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 36,390
 
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled192
Platinum641
Gold9,121
Silver20,601
Bronze6,027
Rhode Island
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,054
 
Certified Communities0/5
Participating Communities0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum3
Gold116
Silver572
Bronze363
South Carolina
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 440,666
 
Certified Communities46/46
Participating Communities46/46
Jobs Profiled1,510
Platinum3,089
Gold70,901
Silver238,895
Bronze127,781
South Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 30,625
 
Certified Communities0/66
Participating Communities0/66
Jobs Profiled31
Platinum2,112
Gold8,249
Silver15,207
Bronze5,057
Tennessee
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 125,543
 
Certified Communities15/95
Participating Communities27/95
Jobs Profiled248
Platinum1,490
Gold28,924
Silver69,645
Bronze25,484
Texas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 28,291
 
Certified Communities2/254
Participating Communities5/254
Jobs Profiled186
Platinum725
Gold6,132
Silver16,118
Bronze5,316
Utah
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,182
 
Certified Communities0/29
Participating Communities0/29
Jobs Profiled23
Platinum59
Gold1,275
Silver2,319
Bronze529
Vermont
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,911
 
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled36
Platinum23
Gold682
Silver1,643
Bronze563
Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 22,098
 
Certified Communities8/134
Participating Communities20/134
Jobs Profiled239
Platinum706
Gold3,545
Silver10,697
Bronze7,150
Washington
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,417
 
Certified Communities0/39
Participating Communities1/39
Jobs Profiled47
Platinum179
Gold1,680
Silver2,837
Bronze721
Washington DC
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 168
 
Certified Communities0/1
Participating Communities0/1
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum7
Gold15
Silver53
Bronze93
West Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 68,078
 
Certified Communities0/55
Participating Communities0/55
Jobs Profiled107
Platinum402
Gold12,009
Silver42,210
Bronze13,457
Wisconsin
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 292,827
 
Certified Communities0/72
Participating Communities1/72
Jobs Profiled40
Platinum21,491
Gold81,809
Silver134,932
Bronze54,595
Wyoming
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 9,685
 
Certified Communities0/23
Participating Communities2/23
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum81
Gold2,197
Silver5,528
Bronze1,879
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

4,700,519

ACT WorkKeys NCRC Levels:
  • Platinum:98,061
  • Gold:974,835
  • Silver:2,525,594
  • Bronze:1,102,029
Participating Counties: 461
Employers Supporting: 24,930
Jobs Profiled: 22,080

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 May 31, 2019 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through May 31, 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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