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States with State- or County-Led
ACT® Work Ready Communities

 

States with State or County Led ACT Work Ready Communities

Alabama

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 253,150
Certified Communities16/67
Participating Communities18/67
Jobs Profiled304
Platinum15,279
Gold46,978
Silver115,823
Bronze75,070

Alaska

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 47,892
Certified Communities0/31
Participating Communities0/31
Jobs Profiled46
Platinum530
Gold9,112
Silver26,267
Bronze11,983

Arizona

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,719
Certified Communities0/15
Participating Communities0/15
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum142
Gold1,790
Silver5,093
Bronze1,694

Arkansas

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 82,910
Certified Communities15/75
Participating Communities26/75
Jobs Profiled124
Platinum1,829
Gold18,987
Silver46,885
Bronze15,209

California

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 16,079
Certified Communities0/58
Participating Communities1/58
Jobs Profiled68
Platinum616
Gold3,036
Silver8,236
Bronze4,191

Colorado

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 15,528
Certified Communities1/64
Participating Communities3/64
Jobs Profiled35
Platinum690
Gold2,418
Silver7,850
Bronze4,570

Connecticut

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,128
Certified Communities0/8
Participating Communities0/8
Jobs Profiled9
Platinum59
Gold451
Silver1,722
Bronze896

Delaware

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 423
Certified Communities0/3
Participating Communities0/3
Jobs Profiled1
Platinum3
Gold114
Silver250
Bronze56

Florida

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 115,299
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled500
Platinum356
Gold21,347
Silver64,772
Bronze28,824

Georgia

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 344,783
Certified Communities0/159
Participating Communities0/159
Jobs Profiled1,030
Platinum2,749
Gold63,677
Silver188,759
Bronze89,598

Guam

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,675
Certified Communities0/1
Participating Communities0/1
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum218
Gold814
Silver2,578
Bronze2,065

Hawaii

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 598
Certified Communities0/5
Participating Communities0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum14
Gold64
Silver258
Bronze262

Idaho

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 170
Certified Communities0/44
Participating Communities0/44
Jobs Profiled14
Platinum7
Gold42
Silver92
Bronze29

Illinois

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 157,451
Certified Communities0/102
Participating Communities3/102
Jobs Profiled98
Platinum2,487
Gold38,175
Silver81,066
Bronze35,723

Indiana

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 138,812
Certified Communities7/92
Participating Communities8/92
Jobs Profiled1,044
Platinum2,157
Gold30,042
Silver80,377
Bronze26,236

Iowa

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 129,839
Certified Communities2/99
Participating Communities4/99
Jobs Profiled86
Platinum4,829
Gold29,196
Silver67,208
Bronze28,606

Kansas

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 57,457
Certified Communities4/105
Participating Communities10/105
Jobs Profiled120
Platinum4,693
Gold13,990
Silver26,061
Bronze12,713

Kentucky

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 164,056
Certified Communities0/120
Participating Communities0/120
Jobs Profiled146
Platinum2,478
Gold29,639
Silver103,500
Bronze28,439

Louisiana

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 168,163
Certified Communities16/64
Participating Communities27/64
Jobs Profiled46
Platinum5,896
Gold24,305
Silver86,970
Bronze50,992

Maine

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 226
Certified Communities0/16
Participating Communities0/16
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum21
Gold71
Silver99
Bronze35

Maryland

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,059
Certified Communities0/24
Participating Communities1/24
Jobs Profiled13
Platinum96
Gold254
Silver496
Bronze213

Massachusetts

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,082
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled10
Platinum14
Gold161
Silver572
Bronze335

Michigan

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 641,369
Certified Communities2/83
Participating Communities13/83
Jobs Profiled124
Platinum5,477
Gold151,940
Silver337,160
Bronze146,792

Minnesota

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 27,066
Certified Communities0/87
Participating Communities1/87
Jobs Profiled15
Platinum522
Gold7,376
Silver14,434
Bronze4,734

Mississippi

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 131,756
Certified Communities43/82
Participating Communities55/82
Jobs Profiled42
Platinum3,880
Gold19,383
Silver67,246
Bronze41,247

Missouri

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 135,832
Certified Communities83/115
Participating Communities100/115
Jobs Profiled396
Platinum4,382
Gold28,288
Silver70,680
Bronze32,482

Montana

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,814
Certified Communities0/56
Participating Communities0/56
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum24
Gold400
Silver1,026
Bronze364

Nebraska

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,634
Certified Communities1/93
Participating Communities2/93
Jobs Profiled55
Platinum292
Gold935
Silver1,843
Bronze1,564

Nevada

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 12,373
Certified Communities1/17
Participating Communities1/17
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum791
Gold3,038
Silver5,615
Bronze2,929

New Hampshire

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 7,434
Certified Communities0/10
Participating Communities0/10
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum307
Gold1,608
Silver4,026
Bronze1,493

New Jersey

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 813
Certified Communities0/21
Participating Communities0/21
Jobs Profiled4
Platinum12
Gold107
Silver396
Bronze298

New Mexico

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 37,410
Certified Communities2/33
Participating Communities3/33
Jobs Profiled64
Platinum665
Gold6,554
Silver20,040
Bronze10,151

New York

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,414
Certified Communities0/62
Participating Communities1/62
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum450
Gold979
Silver1,938
Bronze1,047

North Carolina

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 515,268
Certified Communities45/100
Participating Communities67/100
Jobs Profiled973
Platinum18,954
Gold99,487
Silver273,448
Bronze123,379

North Dakota

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,879
Certified Communities0/53
Participating Communities0/53
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum330
Gold1,381
Silver713
Bronze455

Ohio

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 192,366
Certified Communities3/88
Participating Communities4/88
Jobs Profiled338
Platinum4,578
Gold41,609
Silver110,280
Bronze35,899

Oklahoma

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 148,066
Certified Communities1/77
Participating Communities2/77
Jobs Profiled228
Platinum2,539
Gold28,835
Silver84,441
Bronze32,251

Oregon

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 79,562
Certified Communities14/36
Participating Communities36/36
Jobs Profiled93
Platinum2,965
Gold22,481
Silver40,270
Bronze13,846

Pennsylvania

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 38,117
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled193
Platinum889
Gold9,563
Silver21,144
Bronze6,521

Rhode Island

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,057
Certified Communities0/5
Participating Communities0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum4
Gold118
Silver572
Bronze363

South Carolina

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 441,815
Certified Communities46/46
Participating Communities46/46
Jobs Profiled1,513
Platinum3,330
Gold71,168
Silver239,304
Bronze128,013

South Dakota

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 36,207
Certified Communities0/66
Participating Communities0/66
Jobs Profiled31
Platinum3,105
Gold9,757
Silver17,024
Bronze6,321

Tennessee

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 129,302
Certified Communities16/95
Participating Communities27/95
Jobs Profiled249
Platinum2,195
Gold29,889
Silver70,859
Bronze26,359

Texas

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 30,260
Certified Communities3/254
Participating Communities5/254
Jobs Profiled186
Platinum1,124
Gold6,685
Silver16,732
Bronze5,719

Utah

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,218
Certified Communities0/29
Participating Communities0/29
Jobs Profiled23
Platinum73
Gold1,281
Silver2,329
Bronze535

Vermont

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,944
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled36
Platinum26
Gold692
Silver1,654
Bronze572

Virginia

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 26,647
Certified Communities13/134
Participating Communities27/134
Jobs Profiled247
Platinum1,133
Gold4,229
Silver12,237
Bronze9,048

Washington

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,526
Certified Communities0/39
Participating Communities1/39
Jobs Profiled47
Platinum214
Gold1,719
Silver2,860
Bronze733

Washington DC

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 218
Certified Communities0/1
Participating Communities0/1
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum9
Gold23
Silver71
Bronze115

West Virginia

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 69,250
Certified Communities0/55
Participating Communities0/55
Jobs Profiled107
Platinum578
Gold12,343
Silver42,614
Bronze13,715

Wisconsin

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 293,171
Certified Communities0/72
Participating Communities1/72
Jobs Profiled43
Platinum21,542
Gold81,856
Silver135,017
Bronze54,756

Wyoming

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 10,022
Certified Communities0/23
Participating Communities3/23
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum146
Gold2,281
Silver5,654
Bronze1,941
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
Guam
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 0
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.

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Total ACT® WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificates®

4,953,916

ACT WorkKeys NCRC Levels:
  • Platinum:130,853
  • Gold:1,029,756
  • Silver:2,616,217
  • Bronze:1,177,090
Participating Counties: 496
Employers Supporting: 26,699
Jobs Profiled: 22,195

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

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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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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

"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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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!
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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 July 31, 2020 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through July 31, 2020 , 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.

WorkKeys® assessments are used across the nation, and many states have built their own Career Readiness Certificates based upon WorkKeys assessment results. You will find an asterisk denoting those states. This website will continue to evolve as the first two rounds of participating states give us feedback on what they would like to see -- and based on your feedback, as well.

Please contact us if you have comments, questions or would like to receive more information.