ACT Work Ready Communities for States

States may partner with ACT to develop and implement their own approach to Work Ready Communities based on the ACT Common Criteria for county certification. States may leverage WRC to create connectivity among their workforce development efforts and drive success via establishing county level goals. The ultimate goal for each approach is to certify counties as "Work Ready" once they have met both the common and unique state criteria.

The process is as follows:

  • Convene a statewide leadership team consisting of key workforce, commerce, economic development, technical college, K-12, governor's office staff plus private sector representation (usually a state chamber or industry group)
  • Apply for the ACT Work Ready Communities Academy
  • Participate in the Academy and share population and labor force data so ACT can apply the common criteria and set certification goals for each county
  • Develop and go public with statewide Work Ready Communities effort
  • On-board counties as participating, then certify them as Work Ready once common criteria are met

The benefits to engaging in the WRC movement are many, but there are a few key items to note:

  • Provides connectivity for all workforce development efforts via common county level initiative
  • Creates a universally-accepted inventory of area workforce assets and skills that communities can advertise to attract new businesses and investment: Irrefutable proof of the quality of workforce
  • Provides county-level data that helps counties target their resources and address specific local opportunities for workforce engagement and improvement
  • Creates opportunity to leverage stackable credential that forms the basic building block for career pathways built through public-private partnerships between education and industry: grassroots, collaborative approach with systemic alignment to state resources

How To Sign Up

There are two paths to participate in the ACT® Work Ready Communities initiative - State or County approaches.


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.