Governor Hutchinson introduced the ACT Work-Ready Communities Initiative. April 27, 2017

MONTICELLO,Ark. - High School students walked the campus of the University of Arkansas at Monticello, getting the feel of the college lifestyle while also being a part of a big announcement.

ACT WorkKeys Assessments for the 21st Century Workforce April 21, 2017

ACT WorkKeys Assessments are being updated ensure ongoing relevance and alignment to the changing skill requirements of today’s jobs. Learn what is changing and how it affects employers.

WorkKeys: Ronnie Reeves April 18, 2017

Calhoun County Ronnie Reeves talks about WorkKeys Success

WorkKeys provides a new avenue for student success March 27, 2017

Students across the state can now earn credit towards accountability measures and diploma endorsements by successfully completing the ACT WorkKeys® test,

Aiken County Adult Education earns statewide recognition with 2015-16 High School Diploma Award March 27, 2017

The South Carolina Department of Education recently honored the Aiken County Adult Education Department for awarding more high school diplomas during the 2015-16 school year than any other adult education program in the state….Additionally, seven high schools also re-tested 96 juniors that had previously failed to attain a valuable WorkKeys

Kingsport schools to adopt ACT WorkKeys through LEAP initiative March 27, 2017

Eastman Chemical Co. has used WorkKeys extensively. The move fits with an initiative of the NETWORKS — Sullivan Parntership for the county and its cities to be designated a Work Ready Community through utilization of the WorkKeys by employers

Supporting Work Ready Communities is free, easy and beneficial to business March 20, 2017

Employers are integral to the Work Ready Community initiative as well as to obtaining the Work Ready Community designation. If you are an employer, your show of support is needed to achieve the designation. Employers can show their support simply by completing an Employer Support Form

Editorial: National Career Readiness Certificate will get more people working March 08, 2017

A smart effort to boost job skills and get more people into the workforce is moving forward in the Omaha area. The initiative promotes the National Career Readiness Certificate, which helps potential employers see job seekers’ proficiency in math, reading and other topics.

Legislators hear about charter school expansion March 07, 2017

This week the House approved legislation to give students a more direct path to the workforce. I used to be a school teacher and I had many students over the years that really didn't like school, but they loved to work with their hands on the job.This bill would provide students with the option to obtain an ACT National Career Readiness Certificate


Boone, Cooper and Cedar counties have become the latest Missouri counties to earn Certified Work Ready Community (CWRC) status. CWRC is an American College Testing (ACT) designation program that recognizes successful efforts by community, education and business leaders to strengthen workforce training and development.....



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This website reports the ACT® 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 National Career Readiness Certificates.

State and national 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 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.

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