ACT® Work Ready Communities for counties

By participating in the ACT® Work Ready Communities [WRC] initiative, counties can identify skill gaps and quantify the skill level of their workforce. This helps educators build career pathways aligned to the needs of business and industry -- and it also helps a community stand out and be recognized for its workforce development efforts. A strong workforce is a tremendous economic development advantage.

Counties engage in ACT® Work Ready Communities through successful completion of the ACT® Work Ready Communities Boot Camp. For those interested in engaging in the initiative there is an application process managed via the ACT® WRC® website. Interested counties should complete and submit an application online to join the next Boot Camp group. Click here for a schedule of upcoming WRC Boot Camps.

A county Work Ready Communities leadership team should, at minimum, have representatives from local government, economic development, workforce development, community/technical college, K-12 system, and business/industry.

What do Counties bring?

  • Each county shall organize a cross agency team of government, educators, workforce, economic development and business/chamber leaders
  • Two team members (required) from each county shall participate in the ACT® WRC® Boot Camp - which consists of 2, two day sessions
  • While there is no direct fee to participate in the Boot Camp, the participating county representatives are required to fund their travel to both sessions, and pay a registration to cover session meals and snacks
  • Counties shall commit to developing, launching and sustaining a successful county certified ACT® Work Ready Community
  • Counties shall have ACT® WorkKeys® tests and ACT® WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificates® accessible for individuals and employers

What does ACT bring?

  • ACT shall provide the Boot Camp consisting of 2, two day sessions.
  • ACT shall work with counties to establish initial goals based on ACT® Work Ready Communities Common Criteria
  • ACT shall provide data, process and tools in the Boot Camp to drive county initiative success
    • Data: ACT® WorkKeys® NCRC® and employer supporting data for each county
    • Process: The ACT® WRC® Boot Camp to help counties build a WRC® initiative
    • Tools: Monthly website delivery of data, communication tools and more

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By participating in the WRC® initiative, counties can both identify skill gaps and quantify the skill level of their workforce. This helps educators build career pathways aligned to the needs of business and industry -- and it also helps a community stand out and be recognized for its workforce development efforts. A strong workforce is a tremendous economic development advantage.

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.