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 163,589
 
Certified Communities5/67
Participating Communities18/67
Jobs Profiled267
Platinum3,673
Gold29,673
Silver84,040
Bronze46,203
Alaska
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 47,128
 
Certified Communities0/31
Participating Communities0/31
Jobs Profiled92
Platinum334
Gold8,889
Silver26,052
Bronze11,853
Arizona
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,091
 
Certified Communities0/15
Participating Communities0/15
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum82
Gold1,631
Silver4,823
Bronze1,555
Arkansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 75,306
 
Certified Communities3/75
Participating Communities22/75
Jobs Profiled123
Platinum866
Gold17,194
Silver44,151
Bronze13,095
California
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 13,228
 
Certified Communities0/58
Participating Communities1/58
Jobs Profiled68
Platinum211
Gold2,444
Silver7,191
Bronze3,382
Colorado
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 9,544
 
Certified Communities1/64
Participating Communities3/64
Jobs Profiled31
Platinum243
Gold1,369
Silver5,522
Bronze2,410
Connecticut
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,828
 
Certified Communities0/8
Participating Communities0/8
Jobs Profiled9
Platinum17
Gold390
Silver1,622
Bronze799
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 114,750
 
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled498
Platinum272
Gold21,236
Silver64,582
Bronze28,660
Georgia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 340,484
 
Certified Communities0/159
Participating Communities0/159
Jobs Profiled1,029
Platinum2,293
Gold62,834
Silver187,203
Bronze88,154
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 160
 
Certified Communities0/44
Participating Communities0/44
Jobs Profiled14
Platinum4
Gold41
Silver86
Bronze29
Illinois
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 155,512
 
Certified Communities0/102
Participating Communities3/102
Jobs Profiled95
Platinum2,132
Gold37,602
Silver80,420
Bronze35,358
Indiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 134,147
 
Certified Communities6/92
Participating Communities7/92
Jobs Profiled994
Platinum1,318
Gold28,731
Silver78,875
Bronze25,223
Iowa
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 119,363
 
Certified Communities0/99
Participating Communities0/99
Jobs Profiled86
Platinum3,143
Gold26,781
Silver63,922
Bronze25,517
Kansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 34,850
 
Certified Communities3/105
Participating Communities5/105
Jobs Profiled120
Platinum1,390
Gold8,800
Silver18,206
Bronze6,454
Kentucky
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 156,347
 
Certified Communities0/120
Participating Communities0/120
Jobs Profiled141
Platinum1,426
Gold27,381
Silver100,022
Bronze27,518
Louisiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 114,342
 
Certified Communities10/64
Participating Communities19/64
Jobs Profiled42
Platinum1,984
Gold14,941
Silver63,657
Bronze33,760
Maine
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 136
 
Certified Communities0/16
Participating Communities0/16
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum4
Gold44
Silver75
Bronze13
Maryland
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 748
 
Certified Communities0/24
Participating Communities0/24
Jobs Profiled2
Platinum22
Gold156
Silver409
Bronze161
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 636,275
 
Certified Communities2/83
Participating Communities13/83
Jobs Profiled110
Platinum4,702
Gold150,733
Silver335,041
Bronze145,799
Minnesota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 25,924
 
Certified Communities0/87
Participating Communities1/87
Jobs Profiled15
Platinum311
Gold7,115
Silver14,074
Bronze4,424
Mississippi
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 101,608
 
Certified Communities19/82
Participating Communities41/82
Jobs Profiled34
Platinum1,569
Gold14,216
Silver55,843
Bronze29,980
Missouri
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 112,050
 
Certified Communities73/115
Participating Communities94/115
Jobs Profiled382
Platinum1,877
Gold23,508
Silver62,525
Bronze24,140
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 2,984
 
Certified Communities0/93
Participating Communities1/93
Jobs Profiled55
Platinum152
Gold661
Silver1,322
Bronze849
Nevada
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,560
 
Certified Communities0/17
Participating Communities1/17
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum254
Gold2,042
Silver4,407
Bronze1,857
New Hampshire
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 6,821
 
Certified Communities0/10
Participating Communities0/10
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum150
Gold1,437
Silver3,848
Bronze1,386
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 34,800
 
Certified Communities2/33
Participating Communities2/33
Jobs Profiled64
Platinum317
Gold5,953
Silver19,161
Bronze9,369
New York
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,829
 
Certified Communities0/62
Participating Communities0/62
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum165
Gold582
Silver1,432
Bronze650
North Carolina
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 438,921
 
Certified Communities42/100
Participating Communities62/100
Jobs Profiled959
Platinum7,292
Gold82,738
Silver247,607
Bronze101,284
North Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,309
 
Certified Communities0/53
Participating Communities0/53
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum83
Gold473
Silver480
Bronze273
Ohio
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 170,939
 
Certified Communities3/88
Participating Communities4/88
Jobs Profiled329
Platinum2,103
Gold36,540
Silver102,629
Bronze29,667
Oklahoma
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 141,005
 
Certified Communities1/77
Participating Communities1/77
Jobs Profiled228
Platinum1,648
Gold27,219
Silver81,810
Bronze30,328
Oregon
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 70,724
 
Certified Communities14/36
Participating Communities36/36
Jobs Profiled93
Platinum1,395
Gold20,404
Silver37,566
Bronze11,359
Pennsylvania
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 35,307
 
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled191
Platinum498
Gold8,827
Silver20,249
Bronze5,733
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 439,044
 
Certified Communities46/46
Participating Communities46/46
Jobs Profiled1,491
Platinum2,800
Gold70,502
Silver238,285
Bronze127,457
South Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 26,426
 
Certified Communities0/66
Participating Communities0/66
Jobs Profiled31
Platinum1,306
Gold7,081
Silver13,924
Bronze4,115
Tennessee
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 122,464
 
Certified Communities14/95
Participating Communities25/95
Jobs Profiled242
Platinum901
Gold28,176
Silver68,653
Bronze24,734
Texas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 27,046
 
Certified Communities2/254
Participating Communities4/254
Jobs Profiled186
Platinum492
Gold5,824
Silver15,711
Bronze5,019
Utah
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,101
 
Certified Communities0/29
Participating Communities0/29
Jobs Profiled23
Platinum47
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 19,172
 
Certified Communities5/134
Participating Communities20/134
Jobs Profiled239
Platinum449
Gold3,045
Silver9,770
Bronze5,908
Washington
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,275
 
Certified Communities0/39
Participating Communities1/39
Jobs Profiled47
Platinum136
Gold1,633
Silver2,808
Bronze698
Washington DC
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 113
 
Certified Communities0/1
Participating Communities0/1
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum4
Gold8
Silver43
Bronze58
West Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 67,458
 
Certified Communities0/55
Participating Communities0/55
Jobs Profiled107
Platinum306
Gold11,837
Silver41,995
Bronze13,320
Wisconsin
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 184,215
 
Certified Communities0/72
Participating Communities1/72
Jobs Profiled37
Platinum1,473
Gold53,794
Silver99,390
Bronze29,558
Wyoming
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 9,487
 
Certified Communities0/23
Participating Communities2/23
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum66
Gold2,176
Silver5,438
Bronze1,807
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

4,441,477

ACT WorkKeys NCRC Levels:
  • Platinum:61,736
  • Gold:919,051
  • Silver:2,434,732
  • Bronze:1,025,958
Participating Counties: 433
Employers Supporting: 22,802
Jobs Profiled: 22,019

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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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 November 30, 2018 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through November 30, 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.