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States with State- or County-Led
ACT® Work Ready Communities

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States with State or County Led ACT Work Ready Communities

Alabama

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 273,378
Certified Communities16/67
Participating Communities18/67
Jobs Profiled307
Platinum18,222
Gold51,089
Silver122,877
Bronze81,190

Alaska

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 48,012
Certified Communities0/31
Participating Communities0/31
Jobs Profiled46
Platinum549
Gold9,140
Silver26,301
Bronze12,022

Arizona

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,881
Certified Communities0/15
Participating Communities0/15
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum159
Gold1,828
Silver5,159
Bronze1,735

Arkansas

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 84,648
Certified Communities16/75
Participating Communities26/75
Jobs Profiled126
Platinum2,047
Gold19,378
Silver47,555
Bronze15,668

California

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 18,800
Certified Communities0/58
Participating Communities1/58
Jobs Profiled68
Platinum814
Gold3,562
Silver9,365
Bronze5,059

Colorado

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 17,739
Certified Communities1/64
Participating Communities3/64
Jobs Profiled36
Platinum846
Gold2,773
Silver8,758
Bronze5,362

Connecticut

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,140
Certified Communities0/8
Participating Communities0/8
Jobs Profiled9
Platinum61
Gold453
Silver1,727
Bronze899

Delaware

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 424
Certified Communities0/3
Participating Communities0/3
Jobs Profiled1
Platinum4
Gold113
Silver250
Bronze57

Florida

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 115,524
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled500
Platinum398
Gold21,407
Silver64,860
Bronze28,859

Georgia

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 345,431
Certified Communities0/159
Participating Communities0/159
Jobs Profiled1,030
Platinum2,842
Gold63,802
Silver189,024
Bronze89,763

Guam

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,795
Certified Communities0/1
Participating Communities1/1
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum232
Gold833
Silver2,625
Bronze2,105

Hawaii

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 628
Certified Communities0/5
Participating Communities0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum22
Gold69
Silver266
Bronze271

Idaho

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 177
Certified Communities0/44
Participating Communities0/44
Jobs Profiled14
Platinum9
Gold45
Silver94
Bronze29

Illinois

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 158,211
Certified Communities0/102
Participating Communities3/102
Jobs Profiled98
Platinum2,623
Gold38,411
Silver81,332
Bronze35,845

Indiana

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 139,778
Certified Communities7/92
Participating Communities7/92
Jobs Profiled1,049
Platinum2,338
Gold30,302
Silver80,700
Bronze26,438

Iowa

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 131,211
Certified Communities2/99
Participating Communities5/99
Jobs Profiled86
Platinum5,012
Gold29,520
Silver67,653
Bronze29,026

Kansas

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 61,495
Certified Communities4/105
Participating Communities10/105
Jobs Profiled120
Platinum5,265
Gold14,981
Silver27,473
Bronze13,776

Kentucky

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 165,386
Certified Communities0/120
Participating Communities0/120
Jobs Profiled147
Platinum2,725
Gold29,989
Silver104,050
Bronze28,622

Louisiana

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 191,874
Certified Communities18/64
Participating Communities28/64
Jobs Profiled47
Platinum7,540
Gold27,918
Silver97,666
Bronze58,750

Maine

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 266
Certified Communities0/16
Participating Communities0/16
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum27
Gold84
Silver114
Bronze41

Maryland

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,286
Certified Communities0/24
Participating Communities1/24
Jobs Profiled18
Platinum138
Gold315
Silver568
Bronze265

Massachusetts

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,104
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled10
Platinum18
Gold164
Silver576
Bronze346

Michigan

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 642,308
Certified Communities2/83
Participating Communities13/83
Jobs Profiled124
Platinum5,651
Gold152,179
Silver337,530
Bronze146,948

Minnesota

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 27,443
Certified Communities0/87
Participating Communities1/87
Jobs Profiled15
Platinum589
Gold7,464
Silver14,560
Bronze4,830

Mississippi

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 145,494
Certified Communities46/82
Participating Communities56/82
Jobs Profiled42
Platinum5,120
Gold21,852
Silver72,676
Bronze45,846

Missouri

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 141,936
Certified Communities86/115
Participating Communities102/115
Jobs Profiled400
Platinum4,965
Gold29,422
Silver72,961
Bronze34,588

Montana

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,834
Certified Communities0/56
Participating Communities0/56
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum26
Gold407
Silver1,030
Bronze371

Nebraska

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,862
Certified Communities1/93
Participating Communities2/93
Jobs Profiled55
Platinum331
Gold973
Silver1,926
Bronze1,632

Nevada

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 13,734
Certified Communities1/17
Participating Communities1/17
Jobs Profiled1
Platinum1,000
Gold3,517
Silver6,011
Bronze3,206

New Hampshire

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 7,549
Certified Communities0/10
Participating Communities0/10
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum327
Gold1,629
Silver4,064
Bronze1,529

New Jersey

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 899
Certified Communities0/21
Participating Communities0/21
Jobs Profiled4
Platinum47
Gold128
Silver410
Bronze314

New Mexico

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 37,708
Certified Communities2/33
Participating Communities3/33
Jobs Profiled64
Platinum701
Gold6,642
Silver20,157
Bronze10,208

New York

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,780
Certified Communities0/62
Participating Communities1/62
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum516
Gold1,072
Silver2,059
Bronze1,133

North Carolina

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 543,135
Certified Communities47/100
Participating Communities67/100
Jobs Profiled976
Platinum23,103
Gold105,585
Silver283,013
Bronze131,434

North Dakota

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,757
Certified Communities0/53
Participating Communities0/53
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum496
Gold1,901
Silver838
Bronze522

Ohio

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 218,858
Certified Communities3/88
Participating Communities4/88
Jobs Profiled340
Platinum5,797
Gold44,624
Silver118,891
Bronze49,546

Oklahoma

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 149,993
Certified Communities1/77
Participating Communities2/77
Jobs Profiled228
Platinum2,781
Gold29,239
Silver85,229
Bronze32,744

Oregon

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 79,929
Certified Communities16/36
Participating Communities36/36
Jobs Profiled93
Platinum3,104
Gold22,584
Silver40,355
Bronze13,886

Pennsylvania

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 38,524
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled193
Platinum951
Gold9,653
Silver21,293
Bronze6,627

Rhode Island

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,058
Certified Communities0/5
Participating Communities0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum4
Gold118
Silver572
Bronze364

South Carolina

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 442,487
Certified Communities46/46
Participating Communities46/46
Jobs Profiled1,513
Platinum3,468
Gold71,339
Silver239,539
Bronze128,141

South Dakota

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 41,810
Certified Communities0/66
Participating Communities0/66
Jobs Profiled31
Platinum4,146
Gold11,191
Silver19,011
Bronze7,462

Tennessee

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 132,186
Certified Communities16/95
Participating Communities27/95
Jobs Profiled249
Platinum2,713
Gold30,629
Silver71,852
Bronze26,992

Texas

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 31,370
Certified Communities3/254
Participating Communities5/254
Jobs Profiled186
Platinum1,338
Gold7,023
Silver17,105
Bronze5,904

Utah

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,222
Certified Communities0/29
Participating Communities0/29
Jobs Profiled23
Platinum74
Gold1,281
Silver2,331
Bronze536

Vermont

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,655
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled36
Platinum97
Gold864
Silver1,904
Bronze790

Virginia

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 28,072
Certified Communities14/134
Participating Communities27/134
Jobs Profiled248
Platinum1,301
Gold4,508
Silver12,762
Bronze9,501

Washington

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,542
Certified Communities0/39
Participating Communities1/39
Jobs Profiled47
Platinum214
Gold1,727
Silver2,864
Bronze737

Washington DC

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 238
Certified Communities0/1
Participating Communities0/1
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum9
Gold26
Silver81
Bronze122

West Virginia

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 69,941
Certified Communities0/55
Participating Communities1/55
Jobs Profiled107
Platinum672
Gold12,562
Silver42,846
Bronze13,861

Wisconsin

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 293,513
Certified Communities0/72
Participating Communities1/72
Jobs Profiled45
Platinum21,586
Gold81,938
Silver135,132
Bronze54,857

Wyoming

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 10,185
Certified Communities0/23
Participating Communities3/23
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum164
Gold2,300
Silver5,721
Bronze2,000

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. Learn More

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. More on How to Sign Up

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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Employers recognize the ACT® WorkKeys® NCRC®

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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

"The Mississippi Economic Council appreciates both the Legislature and the Mississippi Department of Education for providing an additional focus on career and technical education. This is another example of the importance of making sure our students have the tools necessary to help them make career decisions that can lead to long-term success right here in Mississippi. The ACT WorkKeys assessment is being used more and more by businesses across the state and provides our students a great pathway to a successful career."

Scott Waller
President and CEO of MEC

"Now more than ever, Missouri needs a strong, skilled workforce to move our economy forward. Initiatives like ACT's Work Ready Communities are critical to preparing our future generation for high-skill, high-demand jobs, and we are proud to be leading the nation in this effort."

Mike Parson
Missouri Governor

"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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