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 162,983
 
Certified Counties5/67
Participating Counties18/67
Jobs Profiled263
Platinum3,612
Gold29,540
Silver83,821
Bronze46,010
Alaska
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 46,953
 
Certified Counties0/27
Participating Counties0/27
Jobs Profiled60
Platinum310
Gold8,845
Silver25,987
Bronze11,811
Arizona
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,058
 
Certified Counties0/15
Participating Counties0/15
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum82
Gold1,624
Silver4,799
Bronze1,553
Arkansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 75,112
 
Certified Counties3/75
Participating Counties22/75
Jobs Profiled123
Platinum841
Gold17,149
Silver44,081
Bronze13,041
California
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 13,142
 
Certified Counties0/58
Participating Counties1/58
Jobs Profiled68
Platinum202
Gold2,420
Silver7,156
Bronze3,364
Colorado
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 9,394
 
Certified Counties1/64
Participating Counties3/64
Jobs Profiled29
Platinum220
Gold1,345
Silver5,465
Bronze2,364
Connecticut
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,816
 
Certified Counties0/8
Participating Counties0/8
Jobs Profiled9
Platinum15
Gold388
Silver1,617
Bronze796
Delaware
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 420
 
Certified Counties0/3
Participating Counties0/3
Jobs Profiled1
Platinum3
Gold113
Silver249
Bronze55
Florida
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 114,741
 
Certified Counties0/67
Participating Counties0/67
Jobs Profiled498
Platinum270
Gold21,233
Silver64,580
Bronze28,658
Georgia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 340,333
 
Certified Counties0/159
Participating Counties0/159
Jobs Profiled1,029
Platinum2,265
Gold62,802
Silver187,139
Bronze88,127
Hawaii
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 434
 
Certified Counties0/5
Participating Counties0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum1
Gold38
Silver214
Bronze181
Idaho
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 160
 
Certified Counties0/44
Participating Counties0/44
Jobs Profiled14
Platinum4
Gold41
Silver86
Bronze29
Illinois
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 155,351
 
Certified Counties0/102
Participating Counties3/102
Jobs Profiled95
Platinum2,114
Gold37,545
Silver80,367
Bronze35,325
Indiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 133,987
 
Certified Counties6/92
Participating Counties7/92
Jobs Profiled986
Platinum1,290
Gold28,691
Silver78,817
Bronze25,189
Iowa
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 118,674
 
Certified Counties0/98
Participating Counties0/98
Jobs Profiled86
Platinum3,043
Gold26,633
Silver63,688
Bronze25,310
Kansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 34,253
 
Certified Counties3/105
Participating Counties5/105
Jobs Profiled120
Platinum1,285
Gold8,621
Silver17,999
Bronze6,348
Kentucky
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 156,020
 
Certified Counties0/120
Participating Counties0/120
Jobs Profiled141
Platinum1,381
Gold27,267
Silver99,881
Bronze27,491
Louisiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 113,661
 
Certified Counties10/64
Participating Counties18/64
Jobs Profiled42
Platinum1,916
Gold14,800
Silver63,363
Bronze33,582
Maine
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 136
 
Certified Counties0/16
Participating Counties0/16
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum4
Gold44
Silver75
Bronze13
Maryland
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 744
 
Certified Counties0/23
Participating Counties0/23
Jobs Profiled2
Platinum22
Gold156
Silver408
Bronze158
Massachusetts
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 936
 
Certified Counties0/14
Participating Counties0/14
Jobs Profiled10
Platinum5
Gold144
Silver509
Bronze278
Michigan
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 635,893
 
Certified Counties2/83
Participating Counties13/83
Jobs Profiled110
Platinum4,661
Gold150,663
Silver334,907
Bronze145,662
Minnesota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 25,910
 
Certified Counties0/87
Participating Counties1/87
Jobs Profiled15
Platinum306
Gold7,112
Silver14,071
Bronze4,421
Mississippi
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 99,923
 
Certified Counties19/82
Participating Counties39/82
Jobs Profiled33
Platinum1,455
Gold13,922
Silver55,251
Bronze29,295
Missouri
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 110,820
 
Certified Counties72/114
Participating Counties94/114
Jobs Profiled381
Platinum1,726
Gold23,255
Silver62,065
Bronze23,774
Montana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,790
 
Certified Counties0/56
Participating Counties0/56
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum20
Gold392
Silver1,019
Bronze359
Nebraska
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,922
 
Certified Counties0/93
Participating Counties1/93
Jobs Profiled55
Platinum150
Gold647
Silver1,300
Bronze825
Nevada
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,437
 
Certified Counties0/16
Participating Counties1/16
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum234
Gold2,019
Silver4,371
Bronze1,813
New Hampshire
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 6,783
 
Certified Counties0/10
Participating Counties0/10
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum141
Gold1,427
Silver3,837
Bronze1,378
New Jersey
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 786
 
Certified Counties0/21
Participating Counties0/21
Jobs Profiled4
Platinum5
Gold98
Silver388
Bronze295
New Mexico
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 34,617
 
Certified Counties2/33
Participating Counties2/33
Jobs Profiled64
Platinum293
Gold5,921
Silver19,099
Bronze9,304
New York
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,619
 
Certified Counties0/62
Participating Counties0/62
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum124
Gold527
Silver1,363
Bronze605
North Carolina
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 437,592
 
Certified Counties39/100
Participating Counties62/100
Jobs Profiled959
Platinum7,166
Gold82,479
Silver247,128
Bronze100,819
North Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,268
 
Certified Counties0/53
Participating Counties0/53
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum79
Gold455
Silver469
Bronze265
Ohio
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 169,748
 
Certified Counties3/88
Participating Counties4/88
Jobs Profiled327
Platinum2,002
Gold36,311
Silver102,123
Bronze29,312
Oklahoma
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 140,558
 
Certified Counties1/77
Participating Counties1/77
Jobs Profiled228
Platinum1,591
Gold27,116
Silver81,622
Bronze30,229
Oregon
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 69,748
 
Certified Counties14/36
Participating Counties36/36
Jobs Profiled93
Platinum1,261
Gold20,214
Silver37,211
Bronze11,062
Pennsylvania
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 35,179
 
Certified Counties0/67
Participating Counties0/67
Jobs Profiled191
Platinum482
Gold8,793
Silver20,212
Bronze5,692
Rhode Island
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,056
 
Certified Counties0/5
Participating Counties0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum4
Gold116
Silver573
Bronze363
South Carolina
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 438,895
 
Certified Counties46/46
Participating Counties46/46
Jobs Profiled1,483
Platinum2,772
Gold70,456
Silver238,240
Bronze127,427
South Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 25,830
 
Certified Counties0/66
Participating Counties0/66
Jobs Profiled31
Platinum1,200
Gold6,925
Silver13,723
Bronze3,982
Tennessee
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 122,207
 
Certified Counties12/95
Participating Counties25/95
Jobs Profiled241
Platinum835
Gold28,107
Silver68,572
Bronze24,693
Texas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 26,877
 
Certified Counties2/254
Participating Counties4/254
Jobs Profiled186
Platinum451
Gold5,788
Silver15,656
Bronze4,982
Utah
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,101
 
Certified Counties0/29
Participating Counties0/29
Jobs Profiled23
Platinum47
Gold1,241
Silver2,298
Bronze515
Vermont
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,897
 
Certified Counties0/14
Participating Counties0/14
Jobs Profiled36
Platinum19
Gold677
Silver1,642
Bronze559
Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 18,711
 
Certified Counties5/134
Participating Counties19/134
Jobs Profiled237
Platinum392
Gold2,961
Silver9,622
Bronze5,736
Washington
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,257
 
Certified Counties0/39
Participating Counties1/39
Jobs Profiled47
Platinum130
Gold1,625
Silver2,806
Bronze696
Washington DC
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 113
 
Certified Counties0/1
Participating Counties0/1
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum4
Gold8
Silver43
Bronze58
West Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 67,354
 
Certified Counties0/55
Participating Counties0/55
Jobs Profiled107
Platinum287
Gold11,814
Silver41,955
Bronze13,298
Wisconsin
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 184,135
 
Certified Counties0/72
Participating Counties1/72
Jobs Profiled37
Platinum1,458
Gold53,779
Silver99,362
Bronze29,536
Wyoming
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 9,479
 
Certified Counties0/23
Participating Counties2/23
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum64
Gold2,174
Silver5,435
Bronze1,806
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

4,427,525

ACT WorkKeys NCRC Levels:
  • Platinum:60,011
  • Gold:916,027
  • Silver:2,429,620
  • Bronze:1,021,867
Participating Counties: 429
Employers Supporting: 22,384
Jobs Profiled: 21,958

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