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Affording Communities a Competitive Advantage
 
States with State or County Led ACT Work Ready Communities
Alabama
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 42,910
 
Certified Counties0/67
Participating Counties2/67
Jobs Profiled217
Platinum274
Gold7,956
Silver22,142
Bronze12,538
Alaska
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 41,834
 
Certified Counties0/31
Participating Counties0/31
Jobs Profiled43
Platinum151
Gold8,083
Silver23,362
Bronze10,238
Arizona
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,946
 
Certified Counties0/15
Participating Counties0/15
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum24
Gold1,196
Silver3,599
Bronze1,127
Arkansas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 63,823
 
Certified Counties0/75
Participating Counties5/75
Jobs Profiled110
Platinum321
Gold14,693
Silver37,907
Bronze10,902
California
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 9,586
 
Certified Counties0/58
Participating Counties1/58
Jobs Profiled58
Platinum70
Gold1,747
Silver5,382
Bronze2,387
Colorado
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,467
 
Certified Counties0/64
Participating Counties0/64
Jobs Profiled16
Platinum5
Gold171
Silver946
Bronze345
Connecticut
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,406
 
Certified Counties0/8
Participating Counties0/8
Jobs Profiled9
Platinum2
Gold328
Silver1,446
Bronze630
Delaware
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 241
 
Certified Counties0/3
Participating Counties0/3
Jobs Profiled1
Platinum0
Gold61
Silver146
Bronze34
Florida
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 114,122
 
Certified Counties0/67
Participating Counties0/67
Jobs Profiled497
Platinum218
Gold21,093
Silver64,308
Bronze28,503
Georgia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 333,110
 
Certified Counties0/159
Participating Counties0/159
Jobs Profiled947
Platinum1,983
Gold61,284
Silver183,323
Bronze86,520
Hawaii
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 414
 
Certified Counties0/5
Participating Counties0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum0
Gold37
Silver205
Bronze172
Idaho
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 101
 
Certified Counties0/44
Participating Counties0/44
Jobs Profiled14
Platinum0
Gold28
Silver52
Bronze21
Illinois
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 150,141
 
Certified Counties0/102
Participating Counties2/102
Jobs Profiled71
Platinum1,745
Gold36,186
Silver77,649
Bronze34,561
Indiana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 117,669
 
Certified Counties3/92
Participating Counties6/92
Jobs Profiled866
Platinum558
Gold24,925
Silver69,981
Bronze22,205
Iowa
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 80,191
 
Certified Counties0/99
Participating Counties0/99
Jobs Profiled84
Platinum435
Gold18,264
Silver45,412
Bronze16,080
Kansas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,121
 
Certified Counties1/105
Participating Counties3/105
Jobs Profiled71
Platinum14
Gold720
Silver1,838
Bronze549
Kentucky
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 122,773
 
Certified Counties0/120
Participating Counties0/120
Jobs Profiled138
Platinum450
Gold21,708
Silver77,341
Bronze23,274
Louisiana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 53,362
 
Certified Counties3/64
Participating Counties11/64
Jobs Profiled33
Platinum186
Gold7,599
Silver29,540
Bronze16,037
Maine
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 97
 
Certified Counties0/16
Participating Counties0/16
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum0
Gold30
Silver57
Bronze10
Maryland
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 458
 
Certified Counties0/24
Participating Counties0/24
Jobs Profiled1
Platinum2
Gold88
Silver264
Bronze104
Massachusetts
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 555
 
Certified Counties0/14
Participating Counties0/14
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum1
Gold92
Silver309
Bronze153
Michigan
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 509,994
 
Certified Counties0/83
Participating Counties13/83
Jobs Profiled109
Platinum3,353
Gold125,372
Silver259,856
Bronze121,413
Minnesota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 23,097
 
Certified Counties0/87
Participating Counties0/87
Jobs Profiled15
Platinum172
Gold6,408
Silver12,635
Bronze3,882
Mississippi
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 50,224
 
Certified Counties0/82
Participating Counties7/82
Jobs Profiled13
Platinum108
Gold6,971
Silver29,273
Bronze13,872
Missouri
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 71,665
 
Certified Counties25/115
Participating Counties75/115
Jobs Profiled323
Platinum258
Gold15,484
Silver41,710
Bronze14,213
Montana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,640
 
Certified Counties0/56
Participating Counties0/56
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum11
Gold349
Silver937
Bronze343
Nebraska
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 913
 
Certified Counties0/93
Participating Counties0/93
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum5
Gold194
Silver504
Bronze210
Nevada
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,296
 
Certified Counties0/17
Participating Counties0/17
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum20
Gold1,164
Silver2,314
Bronze798
New Hampshire
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,192
 
Certified Counties0/10
Participating Counties0/10
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum16
Gold964
Silver3,061
Bronze1,151
New Jersey
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 648
 
Certified Counties0/21
Participating Counties0/21
Jobs Profiled4
Platinum0
Gold73
Silver328
Bronze247
New Mexico
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 25,580
 
Certified Counties0/33
Participating Counties1/33
Jobs Profiled64
Platinum59
Gold4,245
Silver14,195
Bronze7,081
New York
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,481
 
Certified Counties0/62
Participating Counties0/62
Jobs Profiled21
Platinum8
Gold250
Silver889
Bronze334
North Carolina
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 326,219
 
Certified Counties13/100
Participating Counties37/100
Jobs Profiled875
Platinum899
Gold59,303
Silver191,753
Bronze74,264
North Dakota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 572
 
Certified Counties0/53
Participating Counties1/53
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum0
Gold112
Silver325
Bronze135
Ohio
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 131,593
 
Certified Counties0/88
Participating Counties2/88
Jobs Profiled301
Platinum456
Gold28,668
Silver81,524
Bronze20,945
Oklahoma
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 113,770
 
Certified Counties0/77
Participating Counties1/77
Jobs Profiled212
Platinum446
Gold21,688
Silver67,063
Bronze24,573
Oregon
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 52,854
 
Certified Counties10/36
Participating Counties36/36
Jobs Profiled81
Platinum552
Gold16,412
Silver28,603
Bronze7,287
Pennsylvania
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 25,840
 
Certified Counties0/67
Participating Counties0/67
Jobs Profiled151
Platinum127
Gold6,778
Silver15,188
Bronze3,747
Rhode Island
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 892
 
Certified Counties0/5
Participating Counties0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum1
Gold95
Silver484
Bronze312
South Carolina
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 306,678
 
Certified Counties42/46
Participating Counties46/46
Jobs Profiled1,217
Platinum753
Gold46,392
Silver167,353
Bronze92,180
South Dakota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 14,612
 
Certified Counties0/66
Participating Counties0/66
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum82
Gold3,937
Silver8,593
Bronze2,000
Tennessee
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 108,827
 
Certified Counties5/95
Participating Counties12/95
Jobs Profiled191
Platinum66
Gold25,189
Silver61,483
Bronze22,089
Texas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 18,355
 
Certified Counties1/254
Participating Counties2/254
Jobs Profiled168
Platinum72
Gold3,867
Silver11,087
Bronze3,329
Utah
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,579
 
Certified Counties0/29
Participating Counties6/29
Jobs Profiled23
Platinum24
Gold1,094
Silver2,026
Bronze435
Vermont
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,612
 
Certified Counties0/14
Participating Counties0/14
Jobs Profiled36
Platinum12
Gold620
Silver1,465
Bronze515
Virginia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 11,898
 
Certified Counties2/134
Participating Counties8/134
Jobs Profiled207
Platinum39
Gold1,897
Silver6,696
Bronze3,266
Washington
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,251
 
Certified Counties0/39
Participating Counties1/39
Jobs Profiled46
Platinum47
Gold1,332
Silver2,345
Bronze527
Washington DC
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 55
 
Certified Counties0/1
Participating Counties0/1
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum2
Gold5
Silver27
Bronze21
West Virginia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 64,267
 
Certified Counties0/55
Participating Counties0/55
Jobs Profiled104
Platinum119
Gold11,117
Silver40,429
Bronze12,602
Wisconsin
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 68,554
 
Certified Counties0/72
Participating Counties0/72
Jobs Profiled27
Platinum646
Gold20,861
Silver36,053
Bronze10,994
Wyoming
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,375
 
Certified Counties0/23
Participating Counties1/23
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum7
Gold2,010
Silver4,889
Bronze1,469
 
NCRC Earned Rankings by Percentile
  • Top
  • 10%
  • 20%
  • 30%
  • 40%
  • 50%
Alabama
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 42,910
National Ranking 41
Alaska
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 41,834
National Ranking 3
Arizona
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,946
National Ranking 26
Arkansas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 63,823
National Ranking 39
California
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 9,586
National Ranking 37
Colorado
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,467
National Ranking 40
Connecticut
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,406
National Ranking 31
Delaware
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 241
National Ranking 45
Florida
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 114,122
National Ranking 21
Georgia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 333,110
National Ranking 4
Hawaii
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 414
National Ranking 38
Idaho
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 101
National Ranking 46
Illinois
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 150,141
National Ranking 20
Indiana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 117,669
National Ranking 10
Iowa
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 80,191
National Ranking 12
Kansas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,121
National Ranking 33
Kentucky
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 122,773
National Ranking 8
Louisiana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 53,362
National Ranking 15
Maine
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 97
National Ranking 50
Maryland
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 458
National Ranking 49
Massachusetts
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 555
National Ranking 47
Michigan
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 509,994
National Ranking 1
Minnesota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 23,097
National Ranking 22
Mississippi
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 50,224
National Ranking 43
Missouri
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 71,665
National Ranking 19
Montana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,640
National Ranking 27
Nebraska
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 913
National Ranking 32
Nevada
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,296
National Ranking 29
New Hampshire
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,192
National Ranking 23
New Jersey
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 648
National Ranking 48
New Mexico
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 25,580
National Ranking 17
New York
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,481
National Ranking 44
North Carolina
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 326,219
National Ranking 7
North Dakota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 572
National Ranking 30
Ohio
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 131,593
National Ranking 14
Oklahoma
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 113,770
National Ranking 6
Oregon
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 52,854
National Ranking 18
Pennsylvania
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 25,840
National Ranking 25
Rhode Island
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 892
National Ranking 42
South Carolina
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 306,678
National Ranking 2
South Dakota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 14,612
National Ranking 16
Tennessee
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 108,827
National Ranking 9
Texas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 18,355
National Ranking 34
Utah
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,579
National Ranking 28
Vermont
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,612
National Ranking 11
Virginia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 11,898
National Ranking 36
Washington
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,251
National Ranking 35
Washington DC
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 55
National Ranking 0
West Virginia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 64,267
National Ranking 5
Wisconsin
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 68,554
National Ranking 24
Wyoming
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,375
National Ranking 13

What is an ACT® Work Ready Community?

ACT Work Ready Communities (WRC) empowers states, regions and counties with data, process and tools that drive economic growth. Participants are leveraging the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC™) to measure and close the skills gap — and building common frameworks that link, align and match their workforce development efforts.

ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total

3,285,923

NCRC Levels:
  • Platinum:16,886
  • Gold:682,323
  • Silver:1,828,267
  • Bronze:758,447
Total Certified Counties: 105
Employers Supporting: 13,288
Jobs Profiled: 20,895

Work Ready Communities Academy

ACT offers a performance-driven program WRC leadership teams use to initiate, deploy and drive carefully-tailored efforts that grow the number of counties certified as work ready communities.

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For States and Counties

Both states and counties may engage in the ACT Work Ready Communities program. Any municipality may be accepted into the Academy to build and launch their Work Ready Communities initiative.

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Employers

Employers can be the fuel to drive successful state and county Work Ready Communities initiatives simply by recognizing the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate. And in doing so, they will have a more qualified workforce ready to fill their jobs. Learn more about why employers should engage.

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Economic Development

By achieving certified ACT's Work Ready Communities status, counties are demonstrating they have a robust workforce development effort aligned to their economic development needs resulting in:

Business and Industry

know exactly what foundational skills they need for a productive workforce - and to easily communicate their needs

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Individuals

understand what skills are required by employers - and how to prepare themselves for success

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Policy makers

consistently measure the skills gap in a timely manner at the national, state and local levels

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Educators

close the skills gap, via tools integrated into career pathways with stackable industry-recognized credentials

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Economic Developers

developers use an on-demand reporting tool to market the quality of their workforce

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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 March 31, 2016 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through March 31, 2016 , 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.


Please contact us if you have comments, questions or would like to receive more information.