North Carolina

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37031 Carteret 0.57 0.47 us-nc-031 CA 37187 Washington 0.56 0.50 us-nc-187 WA 37095 Hyde 0.41 0.34 us-nc-095 HY 37129 New Hanover 0.54 0.22 us-nc-129 NH 37183 Wake 0.44 0.49 us-nc-183 WA 37077 Granville 0.45 0.45 us-nc-077 GR 37121 Mitchell 0.64 0.42 us-nc-121 MI 37011 Avery 0.42 0.51 us-nc-011 AV 37091 Hertford 0.43 0.62 us-nc-091 HE 37033 Caswell 0.50 0.49 us-nc-033 CA 37001 Alamance 0.47 0.48 us-nc-001 AL 37019 Brunswick 0.61 0.54 us-nc-019 BR 37087 Haywood 0.54 0.48 us-nc-087 HA 37175 Transylvania 0.60 0.57 us-nc-175 TR 37153 Richmond 0.56 0.50 us-nc-153 RI 37107 Lenoir 0.49 0.40 us-nc-107 LE 37191 Wayne 0.66 0.47 us-nc-191 WA 37079 Greene 0.43 0.60 us-nc-079 GR 37161 Rutherford 0.61 0.50 us-nc-161 RU 37101 Johnston 0.55 0.56 us-nc-101 JO 37127 Nash 0.51 0.54 us-nc-127 NA 37081 Guilford 0.50 0.50 us-nc-081 GU 37157 Rockingham 0.50 0.48 us-nc-157 RO 37013 Beaufort 0.57 0.33 us-nc-013 BE 37137 Pamlico 0.44 0.61 us-nc-137 PA 37103 Jones 0.54 0.44 us-nc-103 JO 37049 Craven 0.35 0.28 us-nc-049 CR 37063 Durham 0.53 0.64 us-nc-063 DU 37037 Chatham 0.31 0.55 us-nc-037 CH 37185 Warren 0.51 0.43 us-nc-185 WA 37131 Northampton 0.63 0.32 us-nc-131 NO 37065 Edgecombe 0.52 0.51 us-nc-065 ED 37195 Wilson 0.49 0.55 us-nc-195 WI 37145 Person 0.50 0.49 us-nc-145 PE 37083 Halifax 0.39 0.43 us-nc-083 HA 37117 Martin 0.41 0.54 us-nc-117 MA 37135 Orange 0.49 0.50 us-nc-135 OR 37055 Dare 0.31 0.46 us-nc-055 DA 37099 Jackson 0.43 0.39 us-nc-099 JA 37159 Rowan 0.40 0.58 us-nc-159 RO 37097 Iredell 0.59 0.37 us-nc-097 IR 37025 Cabarrus 0.48 0.40 us-nc-025 CA 37179 Union 0.54 0.56 us-nc-179 UN 37181 Vance 0.50 0.43 us-nc-181 VA 37177 Tyrrell 0.50 0.45 us-nc-177 TY 37189 Watauga 0.48 0.59 us-nc-189 WA 37193 Wilkes 0.55 0.49 us-nc-193 WI 37003 Alexander 0.49 0.43 us-nc-003 AL 37027 Caldwell 0.54 0.45 us-nc-027 CA 37151 Randolph 0.50 0.52 us-nc-151 RA 37041 Chowan 0.25 0.54 us-nc-041 CH 37073 Gates 0.50 0.40 us-nc-073 GA 37139 Pasquotank 0.44 0.51 us-nc-139 PA 37039 Cherokee 0.28 0.57 us-nc-039 CH 37113 Macon 0.52 0.57 us-nc-113 MA 37133 Onslow 0.43 0.36 us-nc-133 ON 37045 Cleveland 0.52 0.63 us-nc-045 CL 37109 Lincoln 0.55 0.51 us-nc-109 LI 37119 Mecklenburg 0.45 0.57 us-nc-119 ME 37199 Yancey 0.56 0.45 us-nc-199 YA 37089 Henderson 0.58 0.50 us-nc-089 HE 37147 Pitt 0.56 0.50 us-nc-147 PI 37143 Perquimans 0.27 0.48 us-nc-143 PE 37125 Moore 0.45 0.47 us-nc-125 MO 37007 Anson 0.46 0.59 us-nc-007 AN 37141 Pender 0.48 0.43 us-nc-141 PE 37163 Sampson 0.52 0.38 us-nc-163 SA 37085 Harnett 0.49 0.54 us-nc-085 HA 37155 Robeson 0.54 0.46 us-nc-155 RO 37051 Cumberland 0.39 0.55 us-nc-051 CU 37075 Graham 0.49 0.46 us-nc-075 GR 37023 Burke 0.42 0.60 us-nc-023 BU 37165 Scotland 0.61 0.47 us-nc-165 SC 37093 Hoke 0.54 0.49 us-nc-093 HO 37111 McDowell 0.48 0.62 us-nc-111 MC 37047 Columbus 0.40 0.39 us-nc-047 CO 37061 Duplin 0.47 0.49 us-nc-061 DU 37197 Yadkin 0.51 0.59 us-nc-197 YA 37067 Forsyth 0.61 0.44 us-nc-067 FO 37171 Surry 0.55 0.49 us-nc-171 SU 37169 Stokes 0.50 0.51 us-nc-169 ST 37057 Davidson 0.63 0.45 us-nc-057 DA 37059 Davie 0.47 0.38 us-nc-059 DA 37029 Camden 0.74 0.65 us-nc-029 CA 37053 Currituck 0.43 0.30 us-nc-053 CU 37009 Ashe 0.50 0.51 us-nc-009 AS 37115 Madison 0.39 0.54 us-nc-115 MA 37021 Buncombe 0.47 0.51 us-nc-021 BU 37071 Gaston 0.51 0.51 us-nc-071 GA 37015 Bertie 0.52 0.44 us-nc-015 BE 37173 Swain 0.64 0.69 us-nc-173 SW 37035 Catawba 0.51 0.56 us-nc-035 CA 37069 Franklin 0.48 0.42 us-nc-069 FR 37005 Alleghany 0.49 0.44 us-nc-005 AL 37123 Montgomery 0.47 0.47 us-nc-123 MO 37149 Polk 0.42 0.49 us-nc-149 PO 37105 Lee 0.51 0.48 us-nc-105 LE 37043 Clay 0.57 0.49 us-nc-043 CL 37017 Bladen 0.45 0.49 us-nc-017 BL 37167 Stanly 0.60 0.49 us-nc-167 ST
Alamance county chart
70%
of goals attained
Ashe county chart
55%
of goals attained
Brunswick county chart
80%
of goals attained
Buncombe county chart
93%
of goals attained
Cabarrus county chart
97%
of goals attained
Cherokee county chart
58%
of goals attained
Clay county chart
79%
of goals attained
Forsyth county chart
96%
of goals attained
Graham county chart
58%
of goals attained
Haywood county chart
63%
of goals attained
Jackson county chart
53%
of goals attained
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Macon county chart
57%
of goals attained
Madison county chart
76%
of goals attained
Mecklenburg county chart
78%
of goals attained
New Hanover county chart
85%
of goals attained
Pasquotank county chart
95%
of goals attained
Pender county chart
96%
of goals attained
Rowan county chart
99%
of goals attained
Swain county chart
82%
of goals attained
Wake county chart
93%
of goals attained
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57 59 53 77 89 2951

Silver

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57 70 108 89 102 3282

Gold

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41 73 77 90 46 2399

Platinum

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26 43 26 47 43 1478

Number Of Monthly ACT WorkKeys NCRC Earned
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About North Carolina Work Ready Communities

One of North Carolina’s greatest strengths is our educated and engaged workforce. But in today’s competitive global marketplace, where North Carolina competes for top talent with economies around the world, we must do more to strengthen our workforce and fill the talent pipeline. 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, business and workforce professionals.

The NC Work Ready Communities initiative is a partnership between the NC Work Ready Certified Communities State team and the ACT Work Ready Communities team to support economic development throughout the state by providing communities with a framework to validate that they have a skilled workforce ready to fill current and future jobs. Communities applying for certification form collaborative partnerships with local chambers of commerce, local workforce development boards, public schools, community colleges and business leaders. Together they create the framework for achieving certification goals, including increasing high school graduation rates, the number of ACT National Career Readiness Certificates™ (ACT NCRC®) and employer engagement.

The NC Work Ready Communities state team consists of members from the NC Chamber Foundation, the NC Community Colleges System Office, the NC Department of Public Instruction (CTE Division), the NC Department of Commerce (Division of Workforce Solutions), regional economic development professionals, and local community college leaders. The NC Department of Public Instruction (CTE Division) serves at the final certifying body to designate a community as a Certified Work Ready Community.

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 NCRC®.

Benefits of the program for business 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 community recognize or recommend the workplace credential.

For more information on NC Work Ready Communities or to begin an application, please download the application packet.

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

View all 4102 North Carolina businesses supporting ACT WorkKeys NCRC

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 November 30, 2022, while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through November 30, 2022, 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.

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.