• ACT WRC Boot Camps

    • Omaha, NE: April 17-18 and July 17-18
    • 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

ACT WRC Boot Camps

  • Omaha, NE: April 17-18 and July 17-18
  • 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 208,488
 
Certified Communities14/67
Participating Communities18/67
Jobs Profiled271
Platinum9,728
Gold38,210
Silver100,169
Bronze60,381
Alaska
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 47,215
 
Certified Communities0/31
Participating Communities0/31
Jobs Profiled46
Platinum389
Gold8,964
Silver26,059
Bronze11,803
Arizona
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,263
 
Certified Communities0/15
Participating Communities0/15
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum101
Gold1,679
Silver4,903
Bronze1,580
Arkansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 77,603
 
Certified Communities7/75
Participating Communities25/75
Jobs Profiled123
Platinum1,114
Gold17,741
Silver45,028
Bronze13,720
California
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 13,647
 
Certified Communities0/58
Participating Communities1/58
Jobs Profiled68
Platinum273
Gold2,517
Silver7,372
Bronze3,485
Colorado
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 10,570
 
Certified Communities1/64
Participating Communities3/64
Jobs Profiled32
Platinum318
Gold1,572
Silver5,935
Bronze2,745
Connecticut
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,948
 
Certified Communities0/8
Participating Communities0/8
Jobs Profiled9
Platinum35
Gold426
Silver1,659
Bronze828
Delaware
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 421
 
Certified Communities0/3
Participating Communities0/3
Jobs Profiled1
Platinum3
Gold113
Silver250
Bronze55
Florida
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 114,840
 
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled500
Platinum289
Gold21,263
Silver64,609
Bronze28,679
Georgia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 341,900
 
Certified Communities0/159
Participating Communities0/159
Jobs Profiled1,029
Platinum2,439
Gold63,107
Silver187,729
Bronze88,625
Hawaii
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 440
 
Certified Communities0/5
Participating Communities0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum5
Gold40
Silver214
Bronze181
Idaho
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 162
 
Certified Communities0/44
Participating Communities0/44
Jobs Profiled14
Platinum4
Gold42
Silver87
Bronze29
Illinois
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 155,959
 
Certified Communities0/102
Participating Communities3/102
Jobs Profiled97
Platinum2,214
Gold37,726
Silver80,583
Bronze35,436
Indiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 136,116
 
Certified Communities6/92
Participating Communities8/92
Jobs Profiled1,022
Platinum1,592
Gold29,276
Silver79,552
Bronze25,696
Iowa
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 122,759
 
Certified Communities1/99
Participating Communities1/99
Jobs Profiled86
Platinum3,601
Gold27,635
Silver65,038
Bronze26,485
Kansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 37,015
 
Certified Communities3/105
Participating Communities5/105
Jobs Profiled120
Platinum1,721
Gold9,374
Silver18,922
Bronze6,998
Kentucky
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 158,229
 
Certified Communities0/120
Participating Communities0/120
Jobs Profiled143
Platinum1,656
Gold27,984
Silver100,843
Bronze27,746
Louisiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 129,999
 
Certified Communities14/64
Participating Communities22/64
Jobs Profiled42
Platinum3,119
Gold17,530
Silver70,203
Bronze39,147
Maine
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 165
 
Certified Communities0/16
Participating Communities0/16
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum10
Gold52
Silver85
Bronze18
Maryland
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 755
 
Certified Communities0/24
Participating Communities1/24
Jobs Profiled3
Platinum24
Gold157
Silver410
Bronze164
Massachusetts
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 961
 
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled10
Platinum7
Gold147
Silver519
Bronze288
Michigan
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 637,690
 
Certified Communities2/83
Participating Communities13/83
Jobs Profiled110
Platinum4,889
Gold151,060
Silver335,635
Bronze146,106
Minnesota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 26,177
 
Certified Communities0/87
Participating Communities1/87
Jobs Profiled15
Platinum347
Gold7,165
Silver14,161
Bronze4,504
Mississippi
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 108,813
 
Certified Communities27/82
Participating Communities45/82
Jobs Profiled38
Platinum1,982
Gold15,316
Silver58,569
Bronze32,946
Missouri
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 118,396
 
Certified Communities77/115
Participating Communities99/115
Jobs Profiled387
Platinum2,575
Gold24,856
Silver64,784
Bronze26,181
Montana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,794
 
Certified Communities0/56
Participating Communities0/56
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum21
Gold393
Silver1,020
Bronze360
Nebraska
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,441
 
Certified Communities1/93
Participating Communities1/93
Jobs Profiled55
Platinum203
Gold730
Silver1,470
Bronze1,038
Nevada
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 9,820
 
Certified Communities0/17
Participating Communities1/17
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum450
Gold2,419
Silver4,785
Bronze2,166
New Hampshire
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 6,995
 
Certified Communities0/10
Participating Communities0/10
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum191
Gold1,487
Silver3,900
Bronze1,417
New Jersey
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 789
 
Certified Communities0/21
Participating Communities0/21
Jobs Profiled4
Platinum5
Gold100
Silver389
Bronze295
New Mexico
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 35,637
 
Certified Communities2/33
Participating Communities3/33
Jobs Profiled64
Platinum414
Gold6,122
Silver19,456
Bronze9,645
New York
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,121
 
Certified Communities0/62
Participating Communities1/62
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum196
Gold650
Silver1,533
Bronze742
North Carolina
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 463,733
 
Certified Communities42/100
Participating Communities62/100
Jobs Profiled965
Platinum11,703
Gold88,177
Silver255,827
Bronze108,026
North Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,740
 
Certified Communities0/53
Participating Communities0/53
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum151
Gold660
Silver589
Bronze340
Ohio
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 175,185
 
Certified Communities3/88
Participating Communities4/88
Jobs Profiled333
Platinum2,545
Gold37,559
Silver104,165
Bronze30,916
Oklahoma
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 143,086
 
Certified Communities1/77
Participating Communities1/77
Jobs Profiled228
Platinum1,903
Gold27,731
Silver82,604
Bronze30,848
Oregon
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 72,523
 
Certified Communities14/36
Participating Communities36/36
Jobs Profiled93
Platinum1,657
Gold20,821
Silver38,162
Bronze11,883
Pennsylvania
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 35,992
 
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled192
Platinum593
Gold9,029
Silver20,469
Bronze5,901
Rhode Island
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,056
 
Certified Communities0/5
Participating Communities0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum3
Gold116
Silver574
Bronze363
South Carolina
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 440,207
 
Certified Communities46/46
Participating Communities46/46
Jobs Profiled1,493
Platinum2,993
Gold70,776
Silver238,739
Bronze127,699
South Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 28,817
 
Certified Communities0/66
Participating Communities0/66
Jobs Profiled31
Platinum1,699
Gold7,763
Silver14,672
Bronze4,683
Tennessee
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 124,139
 
Certified Communities14/95
Participating Communities26/95
Jobs Profiled246
Platinum1,267
Gold28,619
Silver69,164
Bronze25,089
Texas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 27,815
 
Certified Communities2/254
Participating Communities5/254
Jobs Profiled186
Platinum640
Gold6,011
Silver15,960
Bronze5,204
Utah
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,176
 
Certified Communities0/29
Participating Communities0/29
Jobs Profiled23
Platinum59
Gold1,274
Silver2,318
Bronze525
Vermont
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,907
 
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled36
Platinum21
Gold680
Silver1,643
Bronze563
Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 21,013
 
Certified Communities6/134
Participating Communities20/134
Jobs Profiled239
Platinum612
Gold3,364
Silver10,371
Bronze6,666
Washington
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,361
 
Certified Communities0/39
Participating Communities1/39
Jobs Profiled47
Platinum164
Gold1,670
Silver2,823
Bronze704
Washington DC
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 130
 
Certified Communities0/1
Participating Communities0/1
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum5
Gold8
Silver46
Bronze71
West Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 67,849
 
Certified Communities0/55
Participating Communities0/55
Jobs Profiled107
Platinum364
Gold11,947
Silver42,138
Bronze13,400
Wisconsin
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 238,364
 
Certified Communities0/72
Participating Communities1/72
Jobs Profiled38
Platinum10,957
Gold68,524
Silver116,960
Bronze41,923
Wyoming
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 9,551
 
Certified Communities0/23
Participating Communities2/23
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum73
Gold2,185
Silver5,467
Bronze1,826
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

4,579,921

ACT WorkKeys NCRC Levels:
  • Platinum:79,779
  • Gold:947,886
  • Silver:2,484,481
  • Bronze:1,067,775
Participating Counties: 455
Employers Supporting: 23,991
Jobs Profiled: 22,040

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


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.