Next ACT Work Ready Communities Boot Camp

Begins April 17-18 with a follow up session July 17-18, 2019

Both sessions in Omaha, Nebraska

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 164,360
 
Certified Communities5/67
Participating Communities18/67
Jobs Profiled268
Platinum3,757
Gold29,833
Silver84,329
Bronze46,441
Alaska
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 47,199
 
Certified Communities0/31
Participating Communities0/31
Jobs Profiled44
Platinum355
Gold8,912
Silver26,072
Bronze11,860
Arizona
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,138
 
Certified Communities0/15
Participating Communities0/15
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum90
Gold1,648
Silver4,841
Bronze1,559
Arkansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 75,977
 
Certified Communities4/75
Participating Communities22/75
Jobs Profiled123
Platinum932
Gold17,357
Silver44,389
Bronze13,299
California
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 13,323
 
Certified Communities0/58
Participating Communities1/58
Jobs Profiled68
Platinum231
Gold2,459
Silver7,229
Bronze3,404
Colorado
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 9,816
 
Certified Communities1/64
Participating Communities3/64
Jobs Profiled31
Platinum263
Gold1,429
Silver5,631
Bronze2,493
Connecticut
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,879
 
Certified Communities0/8
Participating Communities0/8
Jobs Profiled9
Platinum25
Gold405
Silver1,639
Bronze810
Delaware
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 420
 
Certified Communities0/3
Participating Communities0/3
Jobs Profiled1
Platinum3
Gold113
Silver249
Bronze55
Florida
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 114,766
 
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled498
Platinum278
Gold21,240
Silver64,587
Bronze28,661
Georgia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 341,066
 
Certified Communities0/159
Participating Communities0/159
Jobs Profiled1,029
Platinum2,352
Gold62,929
Silver187,410
Bronze88,375
Hawaii
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 434
 
Certified Communities0/5
Participating Communities0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum1
Gold38
Silver214
Bronze181
Idaho
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 161
 
Certified Communities0/44
Participating Communities0/44
Jobs Profiled14
Platinum4
Gold42
Silver86
Bronze29
Illinois
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 155,650
 
Certified Communities0/102
Participating Communities3/102
Jobs Profiled95
Platinum2,167
Gold37,633
Silver80,466
Bronze35,384
Indiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 134,655
 
Certified Communities6/92
Participating Communities8/92
Jobs Profiled1,005
Platinum1,398
Gold28,857
Silver79,061
Bronze25,339
Iowa
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 120,568
 
Certified Communities0/99
Participating Communities0/99
Jobs Profiled86
Platinum3,277
Gold27,067
Silver64,328
Bronze25,896
Kansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 35,214
 
Certified Communities3/105
Participating Communities5/105
Jobs Profiled120
Platinum1,434
Gold8,878
Silver18,346
Bronze6,556
Kentucky
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 156,825
 
Certified Communities0/120
Participating Communities0/120
Jobs Profiled141
Platinum1,477
Gold27,525
Silver100,235
Bronze27,588
Louisiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 127,176
 
Certified Communities12/64
Participating Communities19/64
Jobs Profiled42
Platinum2,636
Gold16,769
Silver68,882
Bronze38,889
Maine
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 139
 
Certified Communities0/16
Participating Communities0/16
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum6
Gold44
Silver76
Bronze13
Maryland
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 753
 
Certified Communities0/24
Participating Communities0/24
Jobs Profiled2
Platinum23
Gold156
Silver410
Bronze164
Massachusetts
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 950
 
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled10
Platinum5
Gold146
Silver515
Bronze284
Michigan
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 636,641
 
Certified Communities2/83
Participating Communities13/83
Jobs Profiled110
Platinum4,737
Gold150,818
Silver335,193
Bronze145,893
Minnesota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 25,955
 
Certified Communities0/87
Participating Communities1/87
Jobs Profiled15
Platinum312
Gold7,123
Silver14,088
Bronze4,432
Mississippi
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 103,258
 
Certified Communities20/82
Participating Communities41/82
Jobs Profiled35
Platinum1,679
Gold14,476
Silver56,463
Bronze30,640
Missouri
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 113,770
 
Certified Communities74/115
Participating Communities97/115
Jobs Profiled386
Platinum2,072
Gold23,872
Silver63,145
Bronze24,681
Montana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,792
 
Certified Communities0/56
Participating Communities0/56
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum20
Gold392
Silver1,020
Bronze360
Nebraska
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,041
 
Certified Communities0/93
Participating Communities1/93
Jobs Profiled55
Platinum165
Gold667
Silver1,343
Bronze866
Nevada
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,653
 
Certified Communities0/17
Participating Communities1/17
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum261
Gold2,061
Silver4,436
Bronze1,895
New Hampshire
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 6,864
 
Certified Communities0/10
Participating Communities0/10
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum162
Gold1,445
Silver3,862
Bronze1,395
New Jersey
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 786
 
Certified Communities0/21
Participating Communities0/21
Jobs Profiled4
Platinum5
Gold98
Silver388
Bronze295
New Mexico
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 35,101
 
Certified Communities2/33
Participating Communities2/33
Jobs Profiled64
Platinum347
Gold6,016
Silver19,268
Bronze9,470
New York
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,891
 
Certified Communities0/62
Participating Communities1/62
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum180
Gold593
Silver1,452
Bronze666
North Carolina
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 439,442
 
Certified Communities42/100
Participating Communities62/100
Jobs Profiled960
Platinum7,352
Gold82,871
Silver247,788
Bronze101,431
North Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,366
 
Certified Communities0/53
Participating Communities0/53
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum91
Gold500
Silver498
Bronze277
Ohio
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 171,930
 
Certified Communities3/88
Participating Communities4/88
Jobs Profiled329
Platinum2,202
Gold36,784
Silver102,998
Bronze29,946
Oklahoma
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 141,716
 
Certified Communities1/77
Participating Communities1/77
Jobs Profiled228
Platinum1,731
Gold27,387
Silver82,093
Bronze30,505
Oregon
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 71,141
 
Certified Communities14/36
Participating Communities36/36
Jobs Profiled93
Platinum1,443
Gold20,501
Silver37,706
Bronze11,491
Pennsylvania
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 35,499
 
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled191
Platinum526
Gold8,882
Silver20,313
Bronze5,778
Rhode Island
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,057
 
Certified Communities0/5
Participating Communities0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum4
Gold116
Silver574
Bronze363
South Carolina
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 439,357
 
Certified Communities46/46
Participating Communities46/46
Jobs Profiled1,492
Platinum2,868
Gold70,589
Silver238,380
Bronze127,520
South Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 26,904
 
Certified Communities0/66
Participating Communities0/66
Jobs Profiled31
Platinum1,391
Gold7,216
Silver14,066
Bronze4,231
Tennessee
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 122,785
 
Certified Communities14/95
Participating Communities25/95
Jobs Profiled244
Platinum976
Gold28,260
Silver68,748
Bronze24,801
Texas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 27,200
 
Certified Communities2/254
Participating Communities4/254
Jobs Profiled186
Platinum531
Gold5,858
Silver15,768
Bronze5,043
Utah
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,102
 
Certified Communities0/29
Participating Communities0/29
Jobs Profiled23
Platinum48
Gold1,241
Silver2,298
Bronze515
Vermont
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,906
 
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled36
Platinum21
Gold680
Silver1,643
Bronze562
Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 19,755
 
Certified Communities5/134
Participating Communities20/134
Jobs Profiled239
Platinum506
Gold3,148
Silver9,958
Bronze6,143
Washington
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,283
 
Certified Communities0/39
Participating Communities1/39
Jobs Profiled47
Platinum139
Gold1,636
Silver2,809
Bronze699
Washington DC
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 118
 
Certified Communities0/1
Participating Communities0/1
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum4
Gold8
Silver43
Bronze63
West Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 67,607
 
Certified Communities0/55
Participating Communities0/55
Jobs Profiled107
Platinum337
Gold11,872
Silver42,041
Bronze13,357
Wisconsin
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 184,272
 
Certified Communities0/72
Participating Communities1/72
Jobs Profiled38
Platinum1,474
Gold53,811
Silver99,403
Bronze29,584
Wyoming
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 9,497
 
Certified Communities0/23
Participating Communities2/23
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum68
Gold2,178
Silver5,443
Bronze1,808
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

4,469,054

ACT WorkKeys NCRC Levels:
  • Platinum:64,140
  • Gold:924,170
  • Silver:2,445,229
  • Bronze:1,035,515
Participating Counties: 438
Employers Supporting: 23,019
Jobs Profiled: 21,993

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.

Certify Your Workforce
Hire the Best Applicants
Validate a Job Seeker's WorkKeys NCRC
Workforce Toolkit

 
 
 
 
 
 
Employers recognize the ACT® WorkKeys® NCRC®

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Verify A Certificate

Employers, to check whether a job seeker's National Career Readiness Certificate® is valid, enter the certificate number here.

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Recently Certified Counties


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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

How Work Ready Communities are Winning the Growth Game

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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 December 31, 2018 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through December 31, 2018 , 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.