North Carolina

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Alamance county chart
66%
of goals attained
Ashe county chart
53%
of goals attained
Buncombe county chart
88%
of goals attained
Cabarrus county chart
92%
of goals attained
Catawba county chart
100%
of goals attained
Cherokee county chart
59%
of goals attained
Clay county chart
77%
of goals attained
Forsyth county chart
86%
of goals attained
Graham county chart
57%
of goals attained
Haywood county chart
61%
of goals attained
Hyde county chart
97%
of goals attained
Jackson county chart
52%
of goals attained
Lee certified county badge badge cover
Macon county chart
56%
of goals attained
Madison county chart
86%
of goals attained
Martin county chart
100%
of goals attained
Mecklenburg county chart
77%
of goals attained
Pasquotank county chart
87%
of goals attained
Rowan county chart
83%
of goals attained
Swain county chart
78%
of goals attained
Tyrrell county chart
90%
of goals attained
Wake county chart
93%
of goals attained
Washington county chart
100%
of goals attained
Watauga county chart
100%
of goals attained
Participating
County
Certified
County
May '18 Jun '18 Jul '18 Aug '18 Sep '18 Oct '18 May '18 Jun '18 Jul '18 Aug '18 Sep '18 Oct '18 4734 3380 3407 3449 3466 3489 3538

Bronze

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565 248 193 239 171 171

Silver

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600 345 272 307 222 263

Gold

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269 235 202 194 105 145

Platinum

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140 158 83 107 76 69

Number Of Monthly ACT WorkKeys NCRC Earned
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Number Of Employers Supporting

About 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.

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 October 31, 2018 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through October 31, 2018 , 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.