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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 251,820
 
Certified Communities16/67
Participating Communities18/67
Jobs Profiled304
Platinum15,139
Gold46,731
Silver115,261
Bronze74,689
Alaska
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 47,824
 
Certified Communities0/31
Participating Communities0/31
Jobs Profiled46
Platinum520
Gold9,102
Silver26,243
Bronze11,959
Arizona
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,707
 
Certified Communities0/15
Participating Communities0/15
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum138
Gold1,787
Silver5,091
Bronze1,691
Arkansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 82,037
 
Certified Communities14/75
Participating Communities26/75
Jobs Profiled123
Platinum1,711
Gold18,777
Silver46,579
Bronze14,970
California
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 15,840
 
Certified Communities0/58
Participating Communities1/58
Jobs Profiled68
Platinum578
Gold2,978
Silver8,147
Bronze4,137
Colorado
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 14,401
 
Certified Communities1/64
Participating Communities3/64
Jobs Profiled35
Platinum622
Gold2,264
Silver7,431
Bronze4,084
Connecticut
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,125
 
Certified Communities0/8
Participating Communities0/8
Jobs Profiled9
Platinum59
Gold451
Silver1,721
Bronze894
Delaware
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 422
 
Certified Communities0/3
Participating Communities0/3
Jobs Profiled1
Platinum3
Gold113
Silver250
Bronze56
Florida
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 115,229
 
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled500
Platinum345
Gold21,332
Silver64,748
Bronze28,804
Georgia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 344,469
 
Certified Communities0/159
Participating Communities0/159
Jobs Profiled1,030
Platinum2,704
Gold63,617
Silver188,646
Bronze89,502
Hawaii
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 548
 
Certified Communities0/5
Participating Communities0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum12
Gold52
Silver247
Bronze237
Idaho
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 170
 
Certified Communities0/44
Participating Communities0/44
Jobs Profiled14
Platinum7
Gold42
Silver92
Bronze29
Illinois
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 157,272
 
Certified Communities0/102
Participating Communities3/102
Jobs Profiled98
Platinum2,461
Gold38,126
Silver81,005
Bronze35,680
Indiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 138,424
 
Certified Communities7/92
Participating Communities8/92
Jobs Profiled1,044
Platinum2,096
Gold29,948
Silver80,248
Bronze26,132
Iowa
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 129,430
 
Certified Communities2/99
Participating Communities4/99
Jobs Profiled86
Platinum4,745
Gold29,107
Silver67,078
Bronze28,500
Kansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 50,013
 
Certified Communities4/105
Participating Communities10/105
Jobs Profiled120
Platinum3,547
Gold12,304
Silver23,486
Bronze10,676
Kentucky
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 163,132
 
Certified Communities0/120
Participating Communities0/120
Jobs Profiled146
Platinum2,338
Gold29,379
Silver103,103
Bronze28,312
Louisiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 165,379
 
Certified Communities16/64
Participating Communities27/64
Jobs Profiled45
Platinum5,628
Gold23,770
Silver85,523
Bronze50,458
Maine
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 209
 
Certified Communities0/16
Participating Communities0/16
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum19
Gold66
Silver95
Bronze29
Maryland
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,019
 
Certified Communities0/24
Participating Communities1/24
Jobs Profiled10
Platinum90
Gold240
Silver483
Bronze206
Massachusetts
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,073
 
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled10
Platinum11
Gold159
Silver571
Bronze332
Michigan
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 641,069
 
Certified Communities2/83
Participating Communities13/83
Jobs Profiled124
Platinum5,428
Gold151,860
Silver337,023
Bronze146,758
Minnesota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 26,954
 
Certified Communities0/87
Participating Communities1/87
Jobs Profiled15
Platinum490
Gold7,344
Silver14,403
Bronze4,717
Mississippi
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 128,800
 
Certified Communities40/82
Participating Communities55/82
Jobs Profiled41
Platinum3,595
Gold18,870
Silver66,084
Bronze40,251
Missouri
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 132,951
 
Certified Communities83/115
Participating Communities100/115
Jobs Profiled395
Platinum4,125
Gold27,774
Silver69,677
Bronze31,375
Montana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,810
 
Certified Communities0/56
Participating Communities0/56
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum24
Gold397
Silver1,025
Bronze364
Nebraska
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,520
 
Certified Communities1/93
Participating Communities2/93
Jobs Profiled55
Platinum290
Gold915
Silver1,804
Bronze1,511
Nevada
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 11,874
 
Certified Communities1/17
Participating Communities1/17
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum727
Gold2,914
Silver5,454
Bronze2,779
New Hampshire
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 7,391
 
Certified Communities0/10
Participating Communities0/10
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum292
Gold1,596
Silver4,017
Bronze1,486
New Jersey
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 810
 
Certified Communities0/21
Participating Communities0/21
Jobs Profiled4
Platinum12
Gold107
Silver394
Bronze297
New Mexico
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 37,211
 
Certified Communities2/33
Participating Communities3/33
Jobs Profiled64
Platinum639
Gold6,506
Silver19,968
Bronze10,098
New York
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,252
 
Certified Communities0/62
Participating Communities1/62
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum412
Gold940
Silver1,889
Bronze1,011
North Carolina
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 514,358
 
Certified Communities45/100
Participating Communities67/100
Jobs Profiled971
Platinum18,846
Gold99,297
Silver273,095
Bronze123,120
North Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,478
 
Certified Communities0/53
Participating Communities0/53
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum269
Gold1,111
Silver676
Bronze422
Ohio
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 187,932
 
Certified Communities3/88
Participating Communities4/88
Jobs Profiled338
Platinum4,177
Gold40,841
Silver108,727
Bronze34,187
Oklahoma
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 147,455
 
Certified Communities1/77
Participating Communities2/77
Jobs Profiled228
Platinum2,441
Gold28,715
Silver84,225
Bronze32,074
Oregon
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 79,289
 
Certified Communities14/36
Participating Communities36/36
Jobs Profiled93
Platinum2,897
Gold22,419
Silver40,191
Bronze13,782
Pennsylvania
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 37,906
 
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled193
Platinum849
Gold9,517
Silver21,078
Bronze6,462
Rhode Island
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,056
 
Certified Communities0/5
Participating Communities0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum4
Gold117
Silver572
Bronze363
South Carolina
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 441,672
 
Certified Communities46/46
Participating Communities46/46
Jobs Profiled1,510
Platinum3,293
Gold71,133
Silver239,256
Bronze127,990
South Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 35,695
 
Certified Communities0/66
Participating Communities0/66
Jobs Profiled31
Platinum3,015
Gold9,623
Silver16,846
Bronze6,211
Tennessee
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 128,744
 
Certified Communities16/95
Participating Communities27/95
Jobs Profiled249
Platinum2,077
Gold29,723
Silver70,688
Bronze26,256
Texas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 29,873
 
Certified Communities3/254
Participating Communities5/254
Jobs Profiled186
Platinum1,032
Gold6,568
Silver16,613
Bronze5,660
Utah
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,215
 
Certified Communities0/29
Participating Communities0/29
Jobs Profiled23
Platinum72
Gold1,281
Silver2,328
Bronze534
Vermont
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,943
 
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled36
Platinum26
Gold692
Silver1,653
Bronze572
Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 25,914
 
Certified Communities13/134
Participating Communities27/134
Jobs Profiled247
Platinum1,061
Gold4,110
Silver11,991
Bronze8,752
Washington
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,519
 
Certified Communities0/39
Participating Communities1/39
Jobs Profiled47
Platinum213
Gold1,718
Silver2,855
Bronze733
Washington DC
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 192
 
Certified Communities0/1
Participating Communities0/1
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum7
Gold17
Silver61
Bronze107
West Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 68,966
 
Certified Communities0/55
Participating Communities0/55
Jobs Profiled107
Platinum539
Gold12,254
Silver42,499
Bronze13,674
Wisconsin
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 293,132
 
Certified Communities0/72
Participating Communities1/72
Jobs Profiled43
Platinum21,535
Gold81,852
Silver135,008
Bronze54,737
Wyoming
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 9,924
 
Certified Communities0/23
Participating Communities2/23
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum133
Gold2,262
Silver5,611
Bronze1,918
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

4,920,600

ACT WorkKeys NCRC Levels:
  • Platinum:126,659
  • Gold:1,022,696
  • Silver:2,603,950
  • Bronze:1,167,295
Participating Counties: 495
Employers Supporting: 26,378
Jobs Profiled: 22,183

Work Ready Communities Boot Camp

ACT offers a peeeerformance-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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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

"One of the main reasons that they decided to remain in Pottawatomie County was because of the strong work force and the county’s commitment to workforce readiness through ACT WorkReady program. Pottawatomie County is one of only three counties in the state that is Certified Work Ready."

Robert Weimann
Co-Owner, Sarto Countertops

"Being A Work Ready Community Champion allows the ease of hiring the best people, and trust what you hired them to do. It allows me to help match the employees to jobs based on verified skill levels. Finding the candidate who possesses the proper trade skill through the ACT Work Ready Program reduces the overall recruiting, onboarding and training cost. It’s a win-win for all involved."

Tracey Faulkner
Director of Human Resources, R-Tech Tool & Machine, Inc.

How Work Ready Communities are Winning the Growth Game

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Site Selectors and Business are Taking Notice

Site Selection Magazine 2020 Regional Workforce Development Rankings include ACT NCRCs as one of the top 5 components! Learn More

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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 February 29, 2020 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through February 29, 2020 , 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.


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