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Work Ready Communities help you match employees to jobs based on verified skill levels.

An ACT Work Ready Community is one where the supply of ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificates earned by individuals is matched with a demand for ACT WorkKeys NCRC from employers who either recognize or recommend the credential. ACT has developed a methodology for establishing county goals proportionate to a community's size.  Once 'certified', the county can continue to maintain their status keeping the flow of supply and demand in sync. Employers can help their communities build a stronger workforce with the right foundational skill set by supporting their states and counties by learning how the ACT WorkKeys NCRC can help them find the right employee with the right skill set.

ACT WRC participating states, regions and counties offer a suite of ACT Work Keys assessments and the ACT WorkKeys NCRC that measure an individual's foundational workplace skills such as math, reading, information and locating skills required for a majority of today's jobs. The ACT WorkKeys NCRC complements such traditional credentials as high school diplomas, community college degrees, and certificates of technical proficiency. Academic credentials mark the fulfillment of an individual’s classroom learning experiences. The ACT WorkKeys NCRC relies on standardized assessments and confirms an individual’s competence in a specific set of workplace skills.

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Your participation in ACT Work Ready Communities [ACT WRC] benefits not just your company, but your entire community. ACT WRC is helping job seekers in your area understand what skills employers like you are looking for, and it helps local educators prepare students for success. And — they need you as an employer to value their earning an ACT WorkKeys NCRC!

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Case Studies

Able Manufacturing & Assembly
Assesses Applicant Abilities with ACT Solutions

The Challenge

Transforming hiring practices to identify applicants with essential skills


ACT Work Readiness System of job profiling, WorkKeys tests and the ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate

The Results

  • Improved hiring efficiencies
  • Document workforce skill levels for ISO 9001 quality certification
  • Contributed to Jasper County becoming a Work Ready Community to aid economic development

Additional Case Studies

Employer Directory

Find out which organizations are using ACT WorkKeys NCRC to pinpoint applicants with essential, verifiable workplace skills.

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"Being A Work Ready Community Champion allows the ease of hiring the best people, and trust what you hired them to do. It allows me to help match the employees to jobs based on verified skill levels. Finding the candidate who possesses the proper trade skill through the ACT Work Ready Program reduces the overall recruiting, onboarding and training cost. It’s a win-win for all involved."

Tracey Faulkner
Director of Human Resources
R-Tech Tool & Machine, Inc.

R-Tech Tool & Machine, Inc.

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