North Carolina

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Alamance county chart
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Cherokee county chart
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Clay county chart
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Graham county chart
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Hyde 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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Nash county chart
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Pasquotank county chart
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Rockingham 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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Watauga county chart
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Jan '18 Feb '18 Mar '18 Apr '18 May '18 Jun '18 Jan '18 Feb '18 Mar '18 Apr '18 May '18 Jun '18 4415 3068 3149 3286 3337 3400 3427



7268 180 3815 220 565 248



10672 303 5177 434 600 345



5810 173 2835 266 269 235



3331 138 1712 181 140 158

Number Of Monthly ACT WorkKeys NCRC Earned
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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 June 30, 2018 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through June 30, 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.