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ACT’s Ready for Work Podcast

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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 213,344
 
Certified Communities15/67
Participating Communities18/67
Jobs Profiled271
Platinum10,169
Gold39,224
Silver101,944
Bronze62,007
Alaska
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 47,668
 
Certified Communities0/31
Participating Communities0/31
Jobs Profiled46
Platinum486
Gold9,062
Silver26,193
Bronze11,927
Arizona
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,545
 
Certified Communities0/15
Participating Communities0/15
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum121
Gold1,742
Silver5,019
Bronze1,663
Arkansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 80,600
 
Certified Communities12/75
Participating Communities26/75
Jobs Profiled123
Platinum1,552
Gold18,414
Silver46,071
Bronze14,563
California
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 15,268
 
Certified Communities0/58
Participating Communities1/58
Jobs Profiled68
Platinum503
Gold2,845
Silver7,955
Bronze3,965
Colorado
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 12,706
 
Certified Communities1/64
Participating Communities3/64
Jobs Profiled34
Platinum497
Gold1,972
Silver6,811
Bronze3,426
Connecticut
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,103
 
Certified Communities0/8
Participating Communities0/8
Jobs Profiled9
Platinum57
Gold448
Silver1,714
Bronze884
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 115,059
 
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled500
Platinum323
Gold21,292
Silver64,697
Bronze28,747
Georgia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 343,385
 
Certified Communities0/159
Participating Communities0/159
Jobs Profiled1,029
Platinum2,618
Gold63,411
Silver188,236
Bronze89,120
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 166
 
Certified Communities0/44
Participating Communities0/44
Jobs Profiled14
Platinum5
Gold42
Silver90
Bronze29
Illinois
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 156,859
 
Certified Communities0/102
Participating Communities3/102
Jobs Profiled98
Platinum2,405
Gold37,983
Silver80,878
Bronze35,593
Indiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 137,372
 
Certified Communities7/92
Participating Communities8/92
Jobs Profiled1,039
Platinum1,861
Gold29,610
Silver79,947
Bronze25,954
Iowa
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 127,307
 
Certified Communities1/99
Participating Communities2/99
Jobs Profiled86
Platinum4,375
Gold28,584
Silver66,397
Bronze27,951
Kansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 48,954
 
Certified Communities4/105
Participating Communities9/105
Jobs Profiled120
Platinum3,377
Gold12,033
Silver23,138
Bronze10,406
Kentucky
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 161,385
 
Certified Communities0/120
Participating Communities0/120
Jobs Profiled143
Platinum2,132
Gold28,894
Silver102,256
Bronze28,103
Louisiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 142,740
 
Certified Communities16/64
Participating Communities27/64
Jobs Profiled45
Platinum3,994
Gold19,722
Silver75,253
Bronze43,771
Maine
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 196
 
Certified Communities0/16
Participating Communities0/16
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum16
Gold62
Silver94
Bronze24
Maryland
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 940
 
Certified Communities0/24
Participating Communities1/24
Jobs Profiled10
Platinum71
Gold209
Silver463
Bronze197
Massachusetts
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,012
 
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled10
Platinum8
Gold153
Silver542
Bronze309
Michigan
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 639,923
 
Certified Communities2/83
Participating Communities13/83
Jobs Profiled123
Platinum5,268
Gold151,603
Silver336,539
Bronze146,513
Minnesota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 26,750
 
Certified Communities0/87
Participating Communities1/87
Jobs Profiled15
Platinum458
Gold7,299
Silver14,333
Bronze4,660
Mississippi
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 122,266
 
Certified Communities38/82
Participating Communities52/82
Jobs Profiled40
Platinum3,060
Gold17,748
Silver63,671
Bronze37,787
Missouri
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 128,094
 
Certified Communities79/115
Participating Communities100/115
Jobs Profiled390
Platinum3,611
Gold26,762
Silver68,054
Bronze29,667
Montana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,808
 
Certified Communities0/56
Participating Communities0/56
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum23
Gold397
Silver1,025
Bronze363
Nebraska
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,100
 
Certified Communities1/93
Participating Communities2/93
Jobs Profiled55
Platinum261
Gold836
Silver1,673
Bronze1,330
Nevada
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 11,420
 
Certified Communities1/17
Participating Communities1/17
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum666
Gold2,799
Silver5,299
Bronze2,656
New Hampshire
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 7,255
 
Certified Communities0/10
Participating Communities0/10
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum259
Gold1,556
Silver3,980
Bronze1,460
New Jersey
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 796
 
Certified Communities0/21
Participating Communities0/21
Jobs Profiled4
Platinum8
Gold102
Silver390
Bronze296
New Mexico
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 36,692
 
Certified Communities2/33
Participating Communities3/33
Jobs Profiled64
Platinum575
Gold6,391
Silver19,804
Bronze9,922
New York
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,800
 
Certified Communities0/62
Participating Communities1/62
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum333
Gold813
Silver1,739
Bronze915
North Carolina
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 486,537
 
Certified Communities44/100
Participating Communities67/100
Jobs Profiled971
Platinum14,777
Gold92,998
Silver263,761
Bronze115,001
North Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,165
 
Certified Communities0/53
Participating Communities0/53
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum220
Gold924
Silver622
Bronze399
Ohio
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 183,672
 
Certified Communities3/88
Participating Communities4/88
Jobs Profiled337
Platinum3,660
Gold39,723
Silver107,235
Bronze33,054
Oklahoma
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 145,608
 
Certified Communities1/77
Participating Communities1/77
Jobs Profiled228
Platinum2,226
Gold28,274
Silver83,544
Bronze31,564
Oregon
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 76,185
 
Certified Communities14/36
Participating Communities36/36
Jobs Profiled93
Platinum2,377
Gold21,688
Silver39,236
Bronze12,884
Pennsylvania
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 37,295
 
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled193
Platinum769
Gold9,352
Silver20,897
Bronze6,277
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 441,410
 
Certified Communities46/46
Participating Communities46/46
Jobs Profiled1,510
Platinum3,256
Gold71,067
Silver239,151
Bronze127,936
South Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 32,747
 
Certified Communities0/66
Participating Communities0/66
Jobs Profiled31
Platinum2,530
Gold8,859
Silver15,861
Bronze5,497
Tennessee
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 126,703
 
Certified Communities15/95
Participating Communities27/95
Jobs Profiled249
Platinum1,693
Gold29,215
Silver70,027
Bronze25,768
Texas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 29,159
 
Certified Communities2/254
Participating Communities5/254
Jobs Profiled186
Platinum906
Gold6,367
Silver16,387
Bronze5,499
Utah
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,193
 
Certified Communities0/29
Participating Communities0/29
Jobs Profiled23
Platinum60
Gold1,279
Silver2,322
Bronze532
Vermont
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,926
 
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled36
Platinum25
Gold690
Silver1,646
Bronze565
Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 23,507
 
Certified Communities10/134
Participating Communities27/134
Jobs Profiled246
Platinum866
Gold3,771
Silver11,161
Bronze7,709
Washington
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,462
 
Certified Communities0/39
Participating Communities1/39
Jobs Profiled47
Platinum199
Gold1,695
Silver2,842
Bronze726
Washington DC
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 180
 
Certified Communities0/1
Participating Communities0/1
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum7
Gold16
Silver58
Bronze99
West Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 68,594
 
Certified Communities0/55
Participating Communities0/55
Jobs Profiled107
Platinum485
Gold12,150
Silver42,377
Bronze13,582
Wisconsin
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 292,989
 
Certified Communities0/72
Participating Communities1/72
Jobs Profiled42
Platinum21,526
Gold81,835
Silver134,973
Bronze54,655
Wyoming
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 9,819
 
Certified Communities0/23
Participating Communities2/23
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum115
Gold2,232
Silver5,573
Bronze1,899
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

4,785,567

ACT WorkKeys NCRC Levels:
  • Platinum:110,164
  • Gold:994,250
  • Silver:2,555,012
  • Bronze:1,126,141
Participating Counties: 488
Employers Supporting: 25,891
Jobs Profiled: 22,130

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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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.

"Being a site selector I often find it difficult to compare labor force data when there is little information on how the potential workforce will perform on assessments given by companies. Not only does WorkKeys® function as a preferred assessment tool in industry today, but the ACT® Work Ready Communities website allows me to compare communities so I can recommend to my clients the counties with the best scores and the percentage of the population that are taking the assessment."

Teresa Nortillo, CEcD
Nortillo Consulting Group

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 October 31, 2019 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through October 31, 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.


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