North Carolina

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Alamance county chart
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Jackson county chart
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Macon county chart
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Madison county chart
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Mecklenburg county chart
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New Hanover county chart
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Pasquotank county chart
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Pender county chart
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Rowan county chart
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Swain county chart
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Tyrrell county chart
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Wake county chart
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Mar '19 Apr '19 May '19 Jun '19 Jul '19 Aug '19 Mar '19 Apr '19 May '19 Jun '19 Jul '19 Aug '19 4983 3670 3703 3720 3738 3749 3762



357 448 5848 140 134 149



443 547 6389 190 155 261



214 423 3811 113 96 151



206 298 2390 65 60 125

Number Of Monthly ACT WorkKeys NCRC Earned
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Number Of Employers Supporting

North Carolina Work Ready Communities

Workforce development has been a priority in North Carolina for many years. A talent pipeline with the necessary foundational and technical skills for success is a primary goal for education and workforce professionals.

In 2011, the NC Eastern Region began a pilot program to certify counties as NC WorkReady. This pilot serves as the model for the statewide NCWorks Certified Communities initiative. The partnership and collaboration among the North Carolina Chamber Foundation, Department of Commerce, Community College System and the Department of Public Instruction create a seamless framework for communities to become certified as work ready.

High school seniors in public schools who have a CTE concentration (four technical credits in a Career Cluster) take the ACT WorkKeys® assessments needed to earn an ACT National Career Readiness Certificate™ (ACT NCRC®). Community colleges throughout the state serve as instructional and testing centers for adults and transitioning youth. The North Carolina Chamber Foundation serves as the organization that will designate counties as NCWorks Certified Communities.

The NCWorks Certified Communities initiative supports economic development by providing a workforce with documented foundational skills. Other benefits include competitive cost models through lower employee turnover, decreased training time and costs, and related efficiencies that enhance North Carolina's global competitiveness. Increasing support of the ACT NCRC is a key strategy; the goal is to have eight of the 10 largest employers in each participating county recognize or recommend the workplace credential.

The NCWorks Certified Communities state team consists of members from the Office of the Governor (education advisor), North Carolina Chamber Foundation; NC Community College System Office, NC Department of Public Instruction (CTE Division), NC Department of Commerce (Division of Workforce Solutions), regional economic development professionals, and local community college leaders.

For more information on NC Work Ready Communities please visit the website.

North Carolina employers are recognizing the ACT WorkKeys NCRC in support of Work Ready Communities goals

Does your business support job applicants with an ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate?

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