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States with State- or County-Led
ACT Work Ready Communities
Hover over a state to learn more about NCRC activity there.
 
States with State or County Led ACT Work Ready Communities
Alabama
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 88,295
 
Certified Counties3/67
Participating Counties10/67
Jobs Profiled227
Platinum338
Gold15,735
Silver47,658
Bronze24,564
Alaska
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 45,322
 
Certified Counties0/31
Participating Counties0/31
Jobs Profiled44
Platinum161
Gold8,494
Silver25,309
Bronze11,358
Arizona
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 6,906
 
Certified Counties0/15
Participating Counties0/15
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum26
Gold1,401
Silver4,165
Bronze1,314
Arkansas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 68,210
 
Certified Counties0/75
Participating Counties12/75
Jobs Profiled117
Platinum331
Gold15,595
Silver40,640
Bronze11,644
California
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 11,022
 
Certified Counties0/58
Participating Counties1/58
Jobs Profiled64
Platinum73
Gold1,983
Silver6,230
Bronze2,736
Colorado
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,083
 
Certified Counties1/64
Participating Counties1/64
Jobs Profiled20
Platinum9
Gold693
Silver3,260
Bronze1,121
Connecticut
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,503
 
Certified Counties0/8
Participating Counties0/8
Jobs Profiled9
Platinum2
Gold340
Silver1,488
Bronze673
Delaware
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 373
 
Certified Counties0/3
Participating Counties0/3
Jobs Profiled1
Platinum1
Gold98
Silver222
Bronze52
Florida
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 114,330
 
Certified Counties0/67
Participating Counties0/67
Jobs Profiled497
Platinum219
Gold21,139
Silver64,402
Bronze28,570
Georgia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 336,224
 
Certified Counties0/159
Participating Counties0/159
Jobs Profiled953
Platinum1,997
Gold61,904
Silver185,178
Bronze87,145
Hawaii
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 427
 
Certified Counties0/5
Participating Counties0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum0
Gold38
Silver212
Bronze177
Idaho
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 127
 
Certified Counties0/44
Participating Counties0/44
Jobs Profiled14
Platinum1
Gold32
Silver68
Bronze26
Illinois
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 152,008
 
Certified Counties0/102
Participating Counties3/102
Jobs Profiled73
Platinum1,756
Gold36,673
Silver78,775
Bronze34,804
Indiana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 124,408
 
Certified Counties5/92
Participating Counties6/92
Jobs Profiled885
Platinum573
Gold26,389
Silver74,028
Bronze23,418
Iowa
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 95,274
 
Certified Counties0/99
Participating Counties0/99
Jobs Profiled84
Platinum481
Gold21,477
Silver54,145
Bronze19,171
Kansas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 24,408
 
Certified Counties3/105
Participating Counties5/105
Jobs Profiled71
Platinum147
Gold6,247
Silver13,963
Bronze4,051
Kentucky
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 145,130
 
Certified Counties0/120
Participating Counties0/120
Jobs Profiled138
Platinum484
Gold24,793
Silver93,223
Bronze26,630
Louisiana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 69,939
 
Certified Counties10/64
Participating Counties12/64
Jobs Profiled41
Platinum215
Gold9,479
Silver40,012
Bronze20,233
Maine
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 117
 
Certified Counties0/16
Participating Counties0/16
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum1
Gold39
Silver67
Bronze10
Maryland
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 584
 
Certified Counties0/24
Participating Counties0/24
Jobs Profiled1
Platinum4
Gold116
Silver343
Bronze121
Massachusetts
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 689
 
Certified Counties0/14
Participating Counties0/14
Jobs Profiled8
Platinum1
Gold113
Silver394
Bronze181
Michigan
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 525,229
 
Certified Counties1/83
Participating Counties13/83
Jobs Profiled109
Platinum3,369
Gold127,254
Silver268,288
Bronze126,318
Minnesota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 24,551
 
Certified Counties0/87
Participating Counties1/87
Jobs Profiled15
Platinum179
Gold6,804
Silver13,456
Bronze4,112
Mississippi
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 69,813
 
Certified Counties4/82
Participating Counties15/82
Jobs Profiled15
Platinum139
Gold9,556
Silver41,105
Bronze19,013
Missouri
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 87,639
 
Certified Counties39/115
Participating Counties84/115
Jobs Profiled347
Platinum307
Gold18,657
Silver51,127
Bronze17,548
Montana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,741
 
Certified Counties0/56
Participating Counties0/56
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum11
Gold377
Silver998
Bronze355
Nebraska
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,441
 
Certified Counties0/93
Participating Counties1/93
Jobs Profiled34
Platinum8
Gold349
Silver752
Bronze332
Nevada
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,417
 
Certified Counties0/17
Participating Counties0/17
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum23
Gold1,359
Silver2,988
Bronze1,047
New Hampshire
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,840
 
Certified Counties0/10
Participating Counties0/10
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum22
Gold1,146
Silver3,445
Bronze1,227
New Jersey
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 739
 
Certified Counties0/21
Participating Counties0/21
Jobs Profiled4
Platinum0
Gold92
Silver369
Bronze278
New Mexico
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 29,865
 
Certified Counties2/33
Participating Counties2/33
Jobs Profiled64
Platinum77
Gold4,992
Silver16,670
Bronze8,126
New York
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,516
 
Certified Counties0/62
Participating Counties0/62
Jobs Profiled25
Platinum8
Gold257
Silver907
Bronze344
North Carolina
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 368,065
 
Certified Counties28/100
Participating Counties43/100
Jobs Profiled926
Platinum1,031
Gold68,686
Silver215,695
Bronze82,653
North Dakota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 665
 
Certified Counties0/53
Participating Counties0/53
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum0
Gold127
Silver364
Bronze174
Ohio
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 145,352
 
Certified Counties1/88
Participating Counties3/88
Jobs Profiled312
Platinum481
Gold31,364
Silver90,044
Bronze23,463
Oklahoma
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 127,919
 
Certified Counties1/77
Participating Counties1/77
Jobs Profiled217
Platinum468
Gold24,520
Silver75,621
Bronze27,310
Oregon
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 61,387
 
Certified Counties12/36
Participating Counties36/36
Jobs Profiled81
Platinum607
Gold18,369
Silver33,376
Bronze9,035
Pennsylvania
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 30,624
 
Certified Counties0/67
Participating Counties0/67
Jobs Profiled157
Platinum142
Gold7,784
Silver18,069
Bronze4,629
Rhode Island
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,019
 
Certified Counties0/5
Participating Counties0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum1
Gold113
Silver554
Bronze351
South Carolina
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 368,928
 
Certified Counties46/46
Participating Counties46/46
Jobs Profiled1,330
Platinum883
Gold57,994
Silver202,202
Bronze107,849
South Dakota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 19,104
 
Certified Counties0/66
Participating Counties0/66
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum100
Gold5,200
Silver11,178
Bronze2,626
Tennessee
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 114,932
 
Certified Counties10/95
Participating Counties14/95
Jobs Profiled200
Platinum76
Gold26,387
Silver65,257
Bronze23,212
Texas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 22,022
 
Certified Counties1/254
Participating Counties3/254
Jobs Profiled177
Platinum80
Gold4,670
Silver13,266
Bronze4,006
Utah
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,839
 
Certified Counties0/29
Participating Counties0/29
Jobs Profiled23
Platinum25
Gold1,163
Silver2,172
Bronze479
Vermont
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,731
 
Certified Counties0/14
Participating Counties0/14
Jobs Profiled36
Platinum13
Gold641
Silver1,543
Bronze534
Virginia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 13,323
 
Certified Counties3/134
Participating Counties8/134
Jobs Profiled225
Platinum45
Gold2,133
Silver7,457
Bronze3,688
Washington
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,762
 
Certified Counties0/39
Participating Counties1/39
Jobs Profiled47
Platinum54
Gold1,493
Silver2,605
Bronze610
Washington DC
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 71
 
Certified Counties0/1
Participating Counties0/1
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum2
Gold6
Silver33
Bronze30
West Virginia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 65,324
 
Certified Counties0/55
Participating Counties0/55
Jobs Profiled107
Platinum120
Gold11,329
Silver41,043
Bronze12,832
Wisconsin
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 125,558
 
Certified Counties0/72
Participating Counties0/72
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum951
Gold38,183
Silver66,589
Bronze19,835
Wyoming
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,751
 
Certified Counties0/23
Participating Counties2/23
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum7
Gold2,066
Silver5,106
Bronze1,572
NCRC EARNED STATE RANKINGS
This map shows which states have the highest number of people per capita who have earned the NCRC.
States with the greatest percentage of earners are in dark red.
 
NCRC Earned State Rankings
  • Top
  • 1-10
  • 11-20
  • 21-30
  • 31-40
  • 41-50
Alabama
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 88,295
National Ranking 22
Alaska
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 45,322
National Ranking 2
Arizona
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 6,906
National Ranking 33
Arkansas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 68,210
National Ranking 10
California
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 11,022
National Ranking 43
Colorado
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,083
National Ranking 44
Connecticut
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,503
National Ranking 37
Delaware
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 373
National Ranking 42
Florida
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 114,330
National Ranking 23
Georgia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 336,224
National Ranking 5
Hawaii
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 427
National Ranking 40
Idaho
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 127
National Ranking 49
Illinois
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 152,008
National Ranking 18
Indiana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 124,408
National Ranking 11
Iowa
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 95,274
National Ranking 9
Kansas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 24,408
National Ranking 32
Kentucky
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 145,130
National Ranking 8
Louisiana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 69,939
National Ranking 21
Maine
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 117
National Ranking 50
Maryland
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 584
National Ranking 47
Massachusetts
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 689
National Ranking 45
Michigan
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 525,229
National Ranking 3
Minnesota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 24,551
National Ranking 24
Mississippi
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 69,813
National Ranking 41
Missouri
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 87,639
National Ranking 20
Montana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,741
National Ranking 28
Nebraska
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,441
National Ranking 39
Nevada
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,417
National Ranking 29
New Hampshire
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,840
National Ranking 26
New Jersey
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 739
National Ranking 48
New Mexico
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 29,865
National Ranking 16
New York
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,516
National Ranking 46
North Carolina
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 368,065
National Ranking 7
North Dakota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 665
National Ranking 34
Ohio
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 145,352
National Ranking 19
Oklahoma
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 127,919
National Ranking 6
Oregon
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 61,387
National Ranking 15
Pennsylvania
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 30,624
National Ranking 27
Rhode Island
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,019
National Ranking 35
South Carolina
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 368,928
National Ranking 1
South Dakota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 19,104
National Ranking 13
Tennessee
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 114,932
National Ranking 12
Texas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 22,022
National Ranking 36
Utah
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,839
National Ranking 31
Vermont
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,731
National Ranking 25
Virginia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 13,323
National Ranking 30
Washington
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,762
National Ranking 38
Washington DC
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 71
National Ranking 0
West Virginia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 65,324
National Ranking 4
Wisconsin
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 125,558
National Ranking 17
Wyoming
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,751
National Ranking 14

What is an ACT® Work Ready Community?

ACT Work Ready Communities (WRC) empowers states, regions and counties with data, process and tools that drive economic growth. Participants are leveraging the 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 National Career Readiness Certificate Total

3,717,275

NCRC Levels:
  • Platinum:18,140
  • Gold:769,754
  • Silver:2,078,607
  • Bronze:850,774
Total Certified Counties: 170
Employers Supporting: 16,570
Jobs Profiled: 21,222

Work Ready Communities Academy

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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For States and Counties

Both states and counties may engage in the ACT Work Ready Communities program. Any municipality may be accepted into the Academy 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 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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This website reports the ACT® 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 National Career Readiness Certificates.


State and national NCRC data runs from January 2006 through March 31, 2017 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through March 31, 2017 , while national job profile data reaches back to 1993. Again, please note that county-level 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.