• ACT WRC Boot Camps

    • Omaha, NE: April 17-18 and July 17-18
    • Atlanta, GA: Aug 14-15 and Nov 13-14
  • ACT Job Profiling Training

    • Online class begins April 22
    • Workshop in Iowa: June 4-7
    • Apply before March 29
  • 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 Job Profiling Training

  • Online class begins April 22
  • Workshop in Iowa: June 4-7
  • Apply before March 29

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 207,778
 
Certified Communities12/67
Participating Communities18/67
Jobs Profiled271
Platinum9,642
Gold38,071
Silver99,909
Bronze60,156
Alaska
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 47,175
 
Certified Communities0/31
Participating Communities0/31
Jobs Profiled44
Platinum382
Gold8,955
Silver26,046
Bronze11,792
Arizona
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,206
 
Certified Communities0/15
Participating Communities0/15
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum96
Gold1,665
Silver4,874
Bronze1,571
Arkansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 77,075
 
Certified Communities5/75
Participating Communities24/75
Jobs Profiled123
Platinum1,057
Gold17,620
Silver44,842
Bronze13,556
California
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 13,516
 
Certified Communities0/58
Participating Communities1/58
Jobs Profiled68
Platinum252
Gold2,490
Silver7,324
Bronze3,450
Colorado
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 10,251
 
Certified Communities1/64
Participating Communities3/64
Jobs Profiled31
Platinum302
Gold1,521
Silver5,792
Bronze2,636
Connecticut
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,942
 
Certified Communities0/8
Participating Communities0/8
Jobs Profiled9
Platinum35
Gold424
Silver1,658
Bronze825
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 114,821
 
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled500
Platinum286
Gold21,255
Silver64,606
Bronze28,674
Georgia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 341,628
 
Certified Communities0/159
Participating Communities0/159
Jobs Profiled1,029
Platinum2,408
Gold63,041
Silver187,637
Bronze88,542
Hawaii
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 439
 
Certified Communities0/5
Participating Communities0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum4
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 155,813
 
Certified Communities0/102
Participating Communities3/102
Jobs Profiled97
Platinum2,191
Gold37,686
Silver80,523
Bronze35,413
Indiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 135,658
 
Certified Communities6/92
Participating Communities8/92
Jobs Profiled1,014
Platinum1,533
Gold29,128
Silver79,401
Bronze25,596
Iowa
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 121,710
 
Certified Communities1/99
Participating Communities1/99
Jobs Profiled86
Platinum3,447
Gold27,358
Silver64,679
Bronze26,226
Kansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 36,190
 
Certified Communities3/105
Participating Communities5/105
Jobs Profiled120
Platinum1,587
Gold9,143
Silver18,648
Bronze6,812
Kentucky
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 157,554
 
Certified Communities0/120
Participating Communities0/120
Jobs Profiled142
Platinum1,567
Gold27,759
Silver100,559
Bronze27,669
Louisiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 129,003
 
Certified Communities14/64
Participating Communities21/64
Jobs Profiled42
Platinum2,935
Gold17,276
Silver69,671
Bronze39,121
Maine
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 154
 
Certified Communities0/16
Participating Communities0/16
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum7
Gold51
Silver81
Bronze15
Maryland
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 754
 
Certified Communities0/24
Participating Communities0/24
Jobs Profiled2
Platinum24
Gold156
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 637,177
 
Certified Communities2/83
Participating Communities13/83
Jobs Profiled110
Platinum4,825
Gold150,953
Silver335,415
Bronze145,984
Minnesota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 26,131
 
Certified Communities0/87
Participating Communities1/87
Jobs Profiled15
Platinum333
Gold7,158
Silver14,143
Bronze4,497
Mississippi
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 107,273
 
Certified Communities25/82
Participating Communities45/82
Jobs Profiled38
Platinum1,882
Gold15,071
Silver57,994
Bronze32,326
Missouri
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 115,512
 
Certified Communities75/115
Participating Communities99/115
Jobs Profiled387
Platinum2,284
Gold24,240
Silver63,793
Bronze25,195
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 3,365
 
Certified Communities1/93
Participating Communities1/93
Jobs Profiled55
Platinum192
Gold720
Silver1,448
Bronze1,005
Nevada
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 9,628
 
Certified Communities0/17
Participating Communities1/17
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum421
Gold2,306
Silver4,753
Bronze2,148
New Hampshire
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 6,930
 
Certified Communities0/10
Participating Communities0/10
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum182
Gold1,465
Silver3,878
Bronze1,405
New Jersey
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 787
 
Certified Communities0/21
Participating Communities0/21
Jobs Profiled4
Platinum5
Gold99
Silver388
Bronze295
New Mexico
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 35,429
 
Certified Communities2/33
Participating Communities3/33
Jobs Profiled64
Platinum383
Gold6,083
Silver19,382
Bronze9,581
New York
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,983
 
Certified Communities0/62
Participating Communities1/62
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum190
Gold617
Silver1,482
Bronze694
North Carolina
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 462,513
 
Certified Communities42/100
Participating Communities62/100
Jobs Profiled962
Platinum11,497
Gold87,963
Silver255,384
Bronze107,669
North Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,661
 
Certified Communities0/53
Participating Communities0/53
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum139
Gold607
Silver580
Bronze335
Ohio
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 173,705
 
Certified Communities3/88
Participating Communities4/88
Jobs Profiled332
Platinum2,402
Gold37,255
Silver103,607
Bronze30,441
Oklahoma
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 142,625
 
Certified Communities1/77
Participating Communities1/77
Jobs Profiled228
Platinum1,855
Gold27,624
Silver82,429
Bronze30,717
Oregon
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 72,190
 
Certified Communities14/36
Participating Communities36/36
Jobs Profiled93
Platinum1,587
Gold20,724
Silver38,065
Bronze11,814
Pennsylvania
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 35,822
 
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled192
Platinum573
Gold8,976
Silver20,409
Bronze5,864
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 439,796
 
Certified Communities46/46
Participating Communities46/46
Jobs Profiled1,493
Platinum2,934
Gold70,690
Silver238,569
Bronze127,603
South Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 27,802
 
Certified Communities0/66
Participating Communities0/66
Jobs Profiled31
Platinum1,557
Gold7,493
Silver14,343
Bronze4,409
Tennessee
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 123,679
 
Certified Communities14/95
Participating Communities26/95
Jobs Profiled245
Platinum1,181
Gold28,487
Silver69,019
Bronze24,992
Texas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 27,529
 
Certified Communities2/254
Participating Communities5/254
Jobs Profiled186
Platinum608
Gold5,952
Silver15,869
Bronze5,100
Utah
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,173
 
Certified Communities0/29
Participating Communities0/29
Jobs Profiled23
Platinum59
Gold1,273
Silver2,318
Bronze523
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 20,547
 
Certified Communities5/134
Participating Communities20/134
Jobs Profiled239
Platinum567
Gold3,274
Silver10,230
Bronze6,476
Washington
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,338
 
Certified Communities0/39
Participating Communities1/39
Jobs Profiled47
Platinum157
Gold1,659
Silver2,820
Bronze702
Washington DC
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 124
 
Certified Communities0/1
Participating Communities0/1
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum4
Gold8
Silver45
Bronze67
West Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 67,749
 
Certified Communities0/55
Participating Communities0/55
Jobs Profiled107
Platinum350
Gold11,914
Silver42,101
Bronze13,384
Wisconsin
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 184,402
 
Certified Communities0/72
Participating Communities1/72
Jobs Profiled38
Platinum1,504
Gold53,842
Silver99,440
Bronze29,616
Wyoming
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 9,521
 
Certified Communities0/23
Participating Communities2/23
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum72
Gold2,185
Silver5,449
Bronze1,815
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

4,560,994

ACT WorkKeys NCRC Levels:
  • Platinum:77,433
  • Gold:943,497
  • Silver:2,477,607
  • Bronze:1,062,457
Participating Counties: 452
Employers Supporting: 23,567
Jobs Profiled: 22,022

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

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 February 28, 2019 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through February 28, 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.