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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
 

ACT 2019 Workforce Summit

  • Save the Date!
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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 209,190
 
Certified Communities14/67
Participating Communities18/67
Jobs Profiled271
Platinum9,783
Gold38,373
Silver100,432
Bronze60,602
Alaska
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 47,255
 
Certified Communities0/31
Participating Communities0/31
Jobs Profiled46
Platinum394
Gold8,981
Silver26,073
Bronze11,807
Arizona
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,337
 
Certified Communities0/15
Participating Communities0/15
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum106
Gold1,697
Silver4,931
Bronze1,603
Arkansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 78,484
 
Certified Communities10/75
Participating Communities25/75
Jobs Profiled123
Platinum1,195
Gold17,922
Silver45,310
Bronze14,057
California
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 14,229
 
Certified Communities0/58
Participating Communities1/58
Jobs Profiled68
Platinum341
Gold2,621
Silver7,573
Bronze3,694
Colorado
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 10,974
 
Certified Communities1/64
Participating Communities3/64
Jobs Profiled32
Platinum345
Gold1,656
Silver6,087
Bronze2,886
Connecticut
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,972
 
Certified Communities0/8
Participating Communities0/8
Jobs Profiled9
Platinum37
Gold427
Silver1,665
Bronze843
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 114,865
 
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled500
Platinum293
Gold21,268
Silver64,619
Bronze28,685
Georgia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 342,440
 
Certified Communities0/159
Participating Communities0/159
Jobs Profiled1,029
Platinum2,488
Gold63,223
Silver187,926
Bronze88,803
Hawaii
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 544
 
Certified Communities0/5
Participating Communities0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum12
Gold52
Silver245
Bronze235
Idaho
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 163
 
Certified Communities0/44
Participating Communities0/44
Jobs Profiled14
Platinum4
Gold42
Silver88
Bronze29
Illinois
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 156,197
 
Certified Communities0/102
Participating Communities3/102
Jobs Profiled98
Platinum2,268
Gold37,792
Silver80,665
Bronze35,472
Indiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 136,365
 
Certified Communities6/92
Participating Communities8/92
Jobs Profiled1,022
Platinum1,633
Gold29,342
Silver79,634
Bronze25,756
Iowa
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 123,456
 
Certified Communities1/99
Participating Communities1/99
Jobs Profiled86
Platinum3,711
Gold27,806
Silver65,262
Bronze26,677
Kansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 37,880
 
Certified Communities3/105
Participating Communities5/105
Jobs Profiled120
Platinum1,856
Gold9,580
Silver19,194
Bronze7,250
Kentucky
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 158,624
 
Certified Communities0/120
Participating Communities0/120
Jobs Profiled143
Platinum1,705
Gold28,100
Silver101,020
Bronze27,799
Louisiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 130,855
 
Certified Communities14/64
Participating Communities22/64
Jobs Profiled42
Platinum3,279
Gold17,846
Silver70,632
Bronze39,098
Maine
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 180
 
Certified Communities0/16
Participating Communities0/16
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum12
Gold56
Silver91
Bronze21
Maryland
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 771
 
Certified Communities0/24
Participating Communities1/24
Jobs Profiled3
Platinum25
Gold160
Silver416
Bronze170
Massachusetts
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 972
 
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled10
Platinum7
Gold148
Silver522
Bronze295
Michigan
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 638,064
 
Certified Communities2/83
Participating Communities13/83
Jobs Profiled113
Platinum4,947
Gold151,149
Silver335,780
Bronze146,188
Minnesota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 26,310
 
Certified Communities0/87
Participating Communities1/87
Jobs Profiled15
Platinum364
Gold7,202
Silver14,208
Bronze4,536
Mississippi
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 111,362
 
Certified Communities27/82
Participating Communities45/82
Jobs Profiled39
Platinum2,150
Gold15,766
Silver59,473
Bronze33,973
Missouri
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 121,765
 
Certified Communities78/115
Participating Communities99/115
Jobs Profiled388
Platinum2,914
Gold25,503
Silver65,931
Bronze27,417
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 3,474
 
Certified Communities1/93
Participating Communities1/93
Jobs Profiled55
Platinum205
Gold736
Silver1,482
Bronze1,051
Nevada
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 9,942
 
Certified Communities1/17
Participating Communities1/17
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum463
Gold2,452
Silver4,817
Bronze2,210
New Hampshire
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 7,041
 
Certified Communities0/10
Participating Communities0/10
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum197
Gold1,498
Silver3,917
Bronze1,429
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 35,801
 
Certified Communities2/33
Participating Communities3/33
Jobs Profiled64
Platinum443
Gold6,162
Silver19,499
Bronze9,697
New York
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,293
 
Certified Communities0/62
Participating Communities1/62
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum217
Gold687
Silver1,592
Bronze797
North Carolina
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 465,449
 
Certified Communities43/100
Participating Communities62/100
Jobs Profiled967
Platinum12,001
Gold88,600
Silver256,374
Bronze108,474
North Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,886
 
Certified Communities0/53
Participating Communities0/53
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum176
Gold761
Silver607
Bronze342
Ohio
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 176,469
 
Certified Communities3/88
Participating Communities4/88
Jobs Profiled333
Platinum2,693
Gold37,834
Silver104,613
Bronze31,329
Oklahoma
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 143,943
 
Certified Communities1/77
Participating Communities1/77
Jobs Profiled228
Platinum1,999
Gold27,923
Silver82,927
Bronze31,094
Oregon
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 73,076
 
Certified Communities14/36
Participating Communities36/36
Jobs Profiled93
Platinum1,751
Gold20,970
Silver38,338
Bronze12,017
Pennsylvania
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 36,202
 
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled192
Platinum614
Gold9,078
Silver20,535
Bronze5,975
Rhode Island
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,057
 
Certified Communities0/5
Participating Communities0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum3
Gold116
Silver574
Bronze364
South Carolina
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 440,471
 
Certified Communities46/46
Participating Communities46/46
Jobs Profiled1,497
Platinum3,050
Gold70,850
Silver238,817
Bronze127,754
South Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 30,509
 
Certified Communities0/66
Participating Communities0/66
Jobs Profiled31
Platinum2,083
Gold8,218
Silver15,164
Bronze5,044
Tennessee
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 124,979
 
Certified Communities15/95
Participating Communities27/95
Jobs Profiled248
Platinum1,407
Gold28,820
Silver69,454
Bronze25,298
Texas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 27,985
 
Certified Communities2/254
Participating Communities5/254
Jobs Profiled186
Platinum657
Gold6,056
Silver16,020
Bronze5,252
Utah
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,177
 
Certified Communities0/29
Participating Communities0/29
Jobs Profiled23
Platinum59
Gold1,274
Silver2,318
Bronze526
Vermont
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,908
 
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled36
Platinum21
Gold681
Silver1,643
Bronze563
Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 21,630
 
Certified Communities7/134
Participating Communities20/134
Jobs Profiled239
Platinum661
Gold3,475
Silver10,563
Bronze6,931
Washington
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,399
 
Certified Communities0/39
Participating Communities1/39
Jobs Profiled47
Platinum171
Gold1,675
Silver2,834
Bronze719
Washington DC
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 166
 
Certified Communities0/1
Participating Communities0/1
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum7
Gold15
Silver52
Bronze92
West Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 67,952
 
Certified Communities0/55
Participating Communities0/55
Jobs Profiled107
Platinum386
Gold11,976
Silver42,171
Bronze13,419
Wisconsin
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 238,433
 
Certified Communities0/72
Participating Communities1/72
Jobs Profiled38
Platinum10,966
Gold68,536
Silver116,981
Bronze41,950
Wyoming
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 9,555
 
Certified Communities0/23
Participating Communities2/23
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum73
Gold2,185
Silver5,469
Bronze1,828
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

4,602,482

ACT WorkKeys NCRC Levels:
  • Platinum:82,697
  • Gold:953,071
  • Silver:2,492,206
  • Bronze:1,074,508
Participating Counties: 456
Employers Supporting: 24,668
Jobs Profiled: 22,054

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


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.