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States with State- or County-Led
ACT Work Ready Communities
Hover over a state to learn more about NCRC activity there.
 
States with State or County Led ACT Work Ready Communities
Alabama
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 129,494
 
Certified Counties3/67
Participating Counties11/67
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum432
Gold22,913
Silver70,707
Bronze35,442
Alaska
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 45,381
 
Certified Counties0/31
Participating Counties0/31
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum161
Gold8,509
Silver25,336
Bronze11,375
Arizona
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 7,014
 
Certified Counties0/15
Participating Counties0/15
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum26
Gold1,424
Silver4,229
Bronze1,335
Arkansas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 68,716
 
Certified Counties1/75
Participating Counties19/75
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum332
Gold15,678
Silver40,960
Bronze11,746
California
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 11,102
 
Certified Counties0/58
Participating Counties1/58
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum73
Gold2,002
Silver6,280
Bronze2,747
Colorado
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,440
 
Certified Counties1/64
Participating Counties1/64
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum9
Gold718
Silver3,489
Bronze1,224
Connecticut
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,528
 
Certified Counties0/8
Participating Counties0/8
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum2
Gold342
Silver1,498
Bronze686
Delaware
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 393
 
Certified Counties0/3
Participating Counties0/3
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum2
Gold104
Silver232
Bronze55
Florida
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 114,343
 
Certified Counties0/67
Participating Counties0/67
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum219
Gold21,143
Silver64,409
Bronze28,572
Georgia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 336,712
 
Certified Counties0/159
Participating Counties0/159
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum1,999
Gold62,002
Silver185,485
Bronze87,226
Hawaii
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 430
 
Certified Counties0/5
Participating Counties0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum0
Gold38
Silver212
Bronze180
Idaho
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 128
 
Certified Counties0/44
Participating Counties0/44
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum1
Gold32
Silver69
Bronze26
Illinois
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 152,211
 
Certified Counties0/102
Participating Counties3/102
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum1,756
Gold36,711
Silver78,903
Bronze34,841
Indiana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 124,905
 
Certified Counties5/92
Participating Counties6/92
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum573
Gold26,469
Silver74,332
Bronze23,531
Iowa
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 97,561
 
Certified Counties0/99
Participating Counties0/99
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum485
Gold21,974
Silver55,445
Bronze19,657
Kansas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 24,822
 
Certified Counties3/105
Participating Counties5/105
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum151
Gold6,336
Silver14,200
Bronze4,135
Kentucky
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 146,541
 
Certified Counties0/120
Participating Counties0/120
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum485
Gold25,003
Silver94,404
Bronze26,649
Louisiana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 70,401
 
Certified Counties10/64
Participating Counties13/64
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum216
Gold9,581
Silver40,352
Bronze20,252
Maine
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 119
 
Certified Counties0/16
Participating Counties0/16
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum1
Gold40
Silver67
Bronze11
Maryland
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 589
 
Certified Counties0/24
Participating Counties0/24
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum4
Gold118
Silver350
Bronze117
Massachusetts
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 716
 
Certified Counties0/14
Participating Counties0/14
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum1
Gold118
Silver405
Bronze192
Michigan
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 526,374
 
Certified Counties2/83
Participating Counties13/83
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum3,372
Gold127,357
Silver268,936
Bronze126,709
Minnesota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 24,813
 
Certified Counties0/87
Participating Counties1/87
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum181
Gold6,867
Silver13,612
Bronze4,153
Mississippi
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 71,172
 
Certified Counties4/82
Participating Counties15/82
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum141
Gold9,718
Silver41,886
Bronze19,427
Missouri
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 89,967
 
Certified Counties46/115
Participating Counties84/115
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum309
Gold19,024
Silver52,550
Bronze18,084
Montana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,748
 
Certified Counties0/56
Participating Counties0/56
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum11
Gold380
Silver1,001
Bronze356
Nebraska
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,523
 
Certified Counties0/93
Participating Counties1/93
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum10
Gold360
Silver794
Bronze359
Nevada
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,510
 
Certified Counties0/17
Participating Counties0/17
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum23
Gold1,370
Silver3,043
Bronze1,074
New Hampshire
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,932
 
Certified Counties0/10
Participating Counties0/10
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum22
Gold1,173
Silver3,493
Bronze1,244
New Jersey
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 740
 
Certified Counties0/21
Participating Counties0/21
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum0
Gold92
Silver370
Bronze278
New Mexico
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 30,130
 
Certified Counties2/33
Participating Counties2/33
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum78
Gold5,031
Silver16,814
Bronze8,207
New York
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,724
 
Certified Counties0/62
Participating Counties0/62
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum8
Gold299
Silver1,029
Bronze388
North Carolina
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 382,727
 
Certified Counties28/100
Participating Counties43/100
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum1,046
Gold71,002
Silver224,565
Bronze86,114
North Dakota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 678
 
Certified Counties0/53
Participating Counties0/53
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum0
Gold133
Silver370
Bronze175
Ohio
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 146,676
 
Certified Counties1/88
Participating Counties3/88
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum485
Gold31,567
Silver90,869
Bronze23,755
Oklahoma
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 129,746
 
Certified Counties1/77
Participating Counties1/77
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum472
Gold24,843
Silver76,750
Bronze27,681
Oregon
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 61,955
 
Certified Counties12/36
Participating Counties36/36
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum608
Gold18,486
Silver33,707
Bronze9,154
Pennsylvania
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 30,824
 
Certified Counties0/67
Participating Counties0/67
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum144
Gold7,814
Silver18,196
Bronze4,670
Rhode Island
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,019
 
Certified Counties0/5
Participating Counties0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum1
Gold113
Silver554
Bronze351
South Carolina
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 371,096
 
Certified Counties46/46
Participating Counties46/46
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum888
Gold58,316
Silver203,458
Bronze108,434
South Dakota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 19,547
 
Certified Counties0/66
Participating Counties0/66
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum103
Gold5,327
Silver11,442
Bronze2,675
Tennessee
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 115,609
 
Certified Counties10/95
Participating Counties14/95
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum80
Gold26,545
Silver65,661
Bronze23,323
Texas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 22,336
 
Certified Counties1/254
Participating Counties3/254
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum80
Gold4,728
Silver13,466
Bronze4,062
Utah
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,855
 
Certified Counties0/29
Participating Counties0/29
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum25
Gold1,165
Silver2,182
Bronze483
Vermont
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,739
 
Certified Counties0/14
Participating Counties0/14
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum13
Gold643
Silver1,547
Bronze536
Virginia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 14,245
 
Certified Counties4/134
Participating Counties8/134
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum47
Gold2,259
Silver7,974
Bronze3,965
Washington
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,784
 
Certified Counties0/39
Participating Counties1/39
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum54
Gold1,497
Silver2,618
Bronze615
Washington DC
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 71
 
Certified Counties0/1
Participating Counties0/1
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum2
Gold6
Silver33
Bronze30
West Virginia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 65,386
 
Certified Counties0/55
Participating Counties0/55
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum120
Gold11,343
Silver41,079
Bronze12,844
Wisconsin
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 125,679
 
Certified Counties0/72
Participating Counties0/72
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum952
Gold38,213
Silver66,652
Bronze19,862
Wyoming
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,758
 
Certified Counties0/23
Participating Counties2/23
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum7
Gold2,066
Silver5,111
Bronze1,574
NCRC EARNED STATE RANKINGS
This map shows which states have the highest number of people per capita who have earned the NCRC.
States with the greatest percentage of earners are in dark red.
 
NCRC Earned State Rankings
  • Top
  • 1-10
  • 11-20
  • 21-30
  • 31-40
  • 41-50
Alabama
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 22
Alaska
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 2
Arizona
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 33
Arkansas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 10
California
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 43
Colorado
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 44
Connecticut
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 37
Delaware
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 42
Florida
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 23
Georgia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 5
Hawaii
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 40
Idaho
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 49
Illinois
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 18
Indiana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 11
Iowa
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 9
Kansas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 32
Kentucky
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 8
Louisiana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 21
Maine
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 50
Maryland
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 47
Massachusetts
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 45
Michigan
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 3
Minnesota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 24
Mississippi
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 41
Missouri
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 20
Montana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 28
Nebraska
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 39
Nevada
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 29
New Hampshire
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 26
New Jersey
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 48
New Mexico
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 16
New York
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 46
North Carolina
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 7
North Dakota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 34
Ohio
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 19
Oklahoma
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 6
Oregon
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 15
Pennsylvania
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 27
Rhode Island
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 35
South Carolina
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 1
South Dakota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 13
Tennessee
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 12
Texas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 36
Utah
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 31
Vermont
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 25
Virginia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 30
Washington
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 38
Washington DC
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 0
West Virginia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 4
Wisconsin
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 17
Wyoming
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 14

What is an ACT® Work Ready Community?

ACT Work Ready Communities (WRC) empowers states, regions and counties with data, process and tools that drive economic growth. Participants are leveraging the 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 National Career Readiness Certificate Total

3,795,698

NCRC Levels:
  • Platinum:18,301
  • Gold:782,991
  • Silver:2,124,241
  • Bronze:870,165
Total Certified Counties: 180
Employers Supporting: 16,850
Jobs Profiled: 21,254

Work Ready Communities Academy

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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For States and Counties

Both states and counties may engage in the ACT Work Ready Communities program. Any municipality may be accepted into the Academy 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 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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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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This website reports the ACT® 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 National Career Readiness Certificates.


State and national NCRC data runs from January 2006 through April 30, 2017 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through April 30, 2017 , while national job profile data reaches back to 1993. Again, please note that county-level 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.