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NCRC Levels
  • Platinum3,372
  • Gold127,357
  • Silver268,936
  • Bronze126,709
Job Profiles Completed 109

NCRC Data: 01-01-2006 - 04-30-2017

Engaged May 2013

Nov '16 Dec '16 Jan '17 Feb '17 Mar '17 Apr '17 Nov '16 Dec '16 Jan '17 Feb '17 Mar '17 Apr '17 761 256 257 257 258 258 258



792 560 640 259 279 391



1058 929 1107 460 668 648



232 166 232 92 128 103



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Number Of Monthly NCRC Earned
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13 of 83 counties participating

Number Of Employers Supporting

About Michigan Work Ready Communities

The Michigan Work Ready Communities (MiWRC) initiative is a voluntary effort to align workforce and education to meet the talent needs of Michigan employers. The focus is on creating a more competent, work-ready talent pipeline to promote economic stability and growth. In partnership with ACT, the initiative is guided by key community members including business leaders, educators, and workforce development professionals.

The ACT National Career Readiness Certificate™ (ACT NCRC®) is a nationally recognized workplace skills credential that documents skill levels. To earn an ACT NCRC, an individual takes three ACT WorkKeys® assessments that measure skills critical to on-the-job success: Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information.

Since 2007, every Michigan 11th-grade student has been required to take both the ACT® college readiness assessment and the three ACT WorkKeys® assessments needed to earn an ACT NCRC. These measures have helped high school students better understand their college and career readiness levels. The ACT WorkKeys assessments are embedded into efforts of community colleges and workforce development organizations across the state. The result: Michigan is the number one state in the nation on a per capita basis for ACT NCRCs earned.

A west Michigan team led by Talent 2025 is piloting the Michigan ACT Work Ready Communities effort. The stated vision of Talent 2025 is for "west Michigan to be globally recognized as a top 20 region by 2025." The ultimate objective of Michigan ACT Work Ready Communities is to improve the quality of the region's talent by leveraging the ACT NCRC.

Michigan has adopted the ACT Work Ready Communities common criteria to certify counties. Early successes include aligning testing fees, publishing testing sites and hours, highlighting the value of an ACT NCRC to high school students, embedding the certificate into several training and education programs, and gaining the support of employer champions such as Wolverine Coil Spring, Mercy Health, Cole's, Express Employment Group, Flexco, and Alliance CNC.

Members of the Michigan ACT Work Ready Communities team include state representatives from workforce and the governor's office along with regional members from Talent 2025, Michigan Works, Wolverine Coil Spring, Lakeshore Advantage, Kent Intermediate School District, and Grand Rapids Community College. For more information, contact a business services representative at Michigan Works! Kent & Allegan Counties at info@miworkready.org.

Most Improved Counties

  1. 98% Mason
  2. 95% St. Clair
  3. 95% Macomb
  4. 94% Genesee
  5. 93% Muskegon

Certified Counties

About ACT

Founded in 1959, ACT is a not-for-profit organization headquartered in Iowa City, Iowa, and dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. ACT provides a broad array of assessment, research, information and program management solutions in the areas of education and workforce development.

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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 April 30, 2017 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through April 30, 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.