McLean County Gears Up for Work Readiness Program July 16, 2014

Excerpt: A new program that will kick off this summer wants to help people find jobs that better match their skills and interests, and also help McLean County better compete for new business opportunities. The McLean County Certified Work Ready Community initiative is part of a national effort to encourage those in the workforce to get ACT's NCRC-

Answering the What If Questions on Workforce Development July 14, 2014

Life is full of choices. Each choice we make — or fail to make — affects our own lives and the lives of others. For those with imaginative minds, choices may take the form of “what ifs.” Here are a few that drive me and many of my colleagues at ACT.....

Missouri has all the tools to compete, says Gov. Nixon July 03, 2014

A recent article by Gov. Jay Nixon featured on CNBC discussed the many advantages that Missouri offers to prospective and current businesses looking to grow. The article mentions Missouri’s competitive economic climate, spotless AAA credit rating, and world-class workforce as compelling factors as to why the Show-Me State is ready to compete...

Missouri aims to win in the global marketplace June 30, 2014

Excerpt: Education is quite simply the best economic development tool there is. That's why we expanded access to preschool, increased funding for K-12 education and held down college tuition. We launched groundbreaking, nationally-recognized Innovation Campuses, which partner with businesses to help students attain more career-ready skills—in less

Missouri School Improvement Program 5 (MSIP 5) Adds Job Skills Measure May 06, 2014

In support of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s goal that all students graduate ready for college and career, the Department has announced ACT WorkKeys® as an additional academic measure that districts and charter schools can use to gauge students’ proficiency as they graduate from high school.

South Carolina Replacing High School Exit Exam April 22, 2014

South Carolina is replacing its high school exit exam with tests considered more useful to students' future success, with scores that could go on work resumes or college admissions applications. A new law signed by Gov. Nikki Haley deletes South Carolina's 3-decade-old requirement that high school students pass an exit exam...

Check it out! Department of Economic Development Director Mike Downing talks Missouri attraction in Inside Columbia's CEO April 03, 2014

Local magazine Inside Columbia's CEO recently highlighted the Missouri Department of Economic Development’s new leader, director Mike Downing. Downing, who was sworn in as Department director in February. The article also highlights several economic development efforts that mean big business for Missouri, including Certified Work Ready Communities.

Rush County, IN annouces ACT Work Ready Communities participation April 02, 2014

Cathy Wenning, Chair of the Rush County Economic and Community Development Corporation and Government and Community Relations Manager for DUKE Energy opened the program “No Foolin’ We’re Going for the Gold” at the April 1st Rotary meeting. Click on the header to learn more......

ACT Names Seven New Members to National Workforce Solutions Advisory Board March 12, 2014

IOWA CITY, Iowa—ACT today will welcome seven new members and nine continuing members to its National Workforce Solutions Advisory Board, which guides its national ACT Work Ready Communities initiative. The new board members will be announced today at a meeting in Atlanta.

McCormick County, SC achieves Certified Work Ready Community status March 06, 2014

McCormick County has become the second county in South Carolina to meet all state and national requirements to earn the Certified Work Ready Community designation through national testing organization ACT and S.C. Work Ready Communities initiative. McCormick also is only the sixth county in the United States to receive the designation.

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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.