Affording Communities a Competitive Advantage
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 is leading this national effort and offers the ACT Work Ready Communities Academy — 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.

There are two paths to engage in ACT Work Ready Communities: state and county level applications. Through the application process, counties and states are accepted into the Academy to build and launch their Certified Work Ready Communities initiative.

Alabama
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
482
Platinum:
2
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
128
Silver:
280
Jobs Profiled:
208
Bronze:
72
Alaska
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
37,354
Platinum:
141
Total Counties:
31
Gold:
7,436
Silver:
20,867
Jobs Profiled:
40
Bronze:
8,910
Arizona
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
4,351
Platinum:
18
Total Counties:
15
Gold:
872
Silver:
2,661
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
800
Arkansas
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
565
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
75
Gold:
144
Silver:
313
Jobs Profiled:
96
Bronze:
104
California
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
7,259
Platinum:
63
Total Counties:
58
Gold:
1,393
Silver:
4,092
Jobs Profiled:
53
Bronze:
1,711
Colorado
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
467
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
64
Gold:
99
Silver:
318
Jobs Profiled:
16
Bronze:
46
Connecticut
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,960
Platinum:
1
Total Counties:
8
Gold:
298
Silver:
1,168
Jobs Profiled:
9
Bronze:
493
Delaware
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
170
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
3
Gold:
44
Silver:
98
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
28
Florida
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
113,724
Platinum:
218
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
21,024
Silver:
64,145
Jobs Profiled:
496
Bronze:
28,337
Georgia
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
324,436
Platinum:
1,965
Total Counties:
159
Gold:
59,607
Silver:
178,081
Jobs Profiled:
855
Bronze:
84,783
Hawaii
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
321
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
5
Gold:
30
Silver:
147
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
144
Idaho
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
73
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
44
Gold:
21
Silver:
37
Jobs Profiled:
14
Bronze:
15
Illinois
1%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
126,450
Platinum:
1,637
Total Counties:
102
Gold:
30,661
Silver:
64,437
Jobs Profiled:
59
Bronze:
29,715
Indiana
4%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
102,264
Platinum:
511
Total Counties:
92
Gold:
21,562
Silver:
60,402
Jobs Profiled:
770
Bronze:
19,789
Iowa
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
51,630
Platinum:
319
Total Counties:
99
Gold:
12,297
Silver:
28,858
Jobs Profiled:
84
Bronze:
10,156
Kansas
2%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,348
Platinum:
6
Total Counties:
105
Gold:
356
Silver:
780
Jobs Profiled:
64
Bronze:
206
Kentucky
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
89,848
Platinum:
401
Total Counties:
120
Gold:
16,888
Silver:
54,831
Jobs Profiled:
122
Bronze:
17,728
Louisiana
3%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
42,902
Platinum:
159
Total Counties:
64
Gold:
5,960
Silver:
23,362
Jobs Profiled:
26
Bronze:
13,421
Maine
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
37
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
16
Gold:
16
Silver:
15
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
6
Maryland
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
253
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
24
Gold:
50
Silver:
140
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
63
Massachusetts
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
391
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
14
Gold:
64
Silver:
232
Jobs Profiled:
7
Bronze:
95
Michigan
13%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
493,859
Platinum:
3,314
Total Counties:
83
Gold:
122,886
Silver:
250,822
Jobs Profiled:
104
Bronze:
116,837
Minnesota
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
19,115
Platinum:
151
Total Counties:
87
Gold:
5,330
Silver:
10,365
Jobs Profiled:
13
Bronze:
3,269
Mississippi
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
287
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
82
Gold:
49
Silver:
169
Jobs Profiled:
10
Bronze:
69
Missouri
38%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
49,316
Platinum:
192
Total Counties:
115
Gold:
11,002
Silver:
28,311
Jobs Profiled:
278
Bronze:
9,811
Montana
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,227
Platinum:
7
Total Counties:
56
Gold:
244
Silver:
714
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
262
Nebraska
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
811
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
93
Gold:
167
Silver:
447
Jobs Profiled:
26
Bronze:
193
Nevada
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,612
Platinum:
16
Total Counties:
17
Gold:
765
Silver:
1,436
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
395
New Hampshire
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
4,020
Platinum:
10
Total Counties:
10
Gold:
676
Silver:
2,358
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
976
New Jersey
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
370
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
21
Gold:
51
Silver:
191
Jobs Profiled:
2
Bronze:
128
New Mexico
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
19,608
Platinum:
37
Total Counties:
33
Gold:
3,378
Silver:
10,789
Jobs Profiled:
57
Bronze:
5,404
New York
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,340
Platinum:
6
Total Counties:
62
Gold:
206
Silver:
812
Jobs Profiled:
21
Bronze:
316
North Carolina
7%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
216,116
Platinum:
575
Total Counties:
100
Gold:
38,162
Silver:
125,972
Jobs Profiled:
765
Bronze:
51,407
North Dakota
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
443
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
53
Gold:
85
Silver:
255
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
103
Ohio
2%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
116,654
Platinum:
419
Total Counties:
88
Gold:
25,561
Silver:
72,001
Jobs Profiled:
280
Bronze:
18,673
Oklahoma
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
90,727
Platinum:
384
Total Counties:
77
Gold:
17,486
Silver:
52,697
Jobs Profiled:
207
Bronze:
20,160
Oregon
100%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
34,944
Platinum:
420
Total Counties:
36
Gold:
11,972
Silver:
18,693
Jobs Profiled:
67
Bronze:
3,859
Pennsylvania
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
21,736
Platinum:
118
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
5,856
Silver:
12,692
Jobs Profiled:
129
Bronze:
3,070
Rhode Island
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
351
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
5
Gold:
36
Silver:
199
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
116
South Carolina
100%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
228,193
Platinum:
282
Total Counties:
46
Gold:
30,201
Silver:
126,718
Jobs Profiled:
1,017
Bronze:
70,992
South Dakota
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
8,272
Platinum:
61
Total Counties:
66
Gold:
2,438
Silver:
4,711
Jobs Profiled:
30
Bronze:
1,062
Tennessee
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
100,513
Platinum:
49
Total Counties:
95
Gold:
23,379
Silver:
56,524
Jobs Profiled:
165
Bronze:
20,561
Texas
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
13,289
Platinum:
42
Total Counties:
254
Gold:
2,645
Silver:
7,979
Jobs Profiled:
152
Bronze:
2,623
Utah
34%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,668
Platinum:
19
Total Counties:
29
Gold:
827
Silver:
1,518
Jobs Profiled:
21
Bronze:
304
Vermont
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,295
Platinum:
11
Total Counties:
14
Gold:
555
Silver:
1,277
Jobs Profiled:
36
Bronze:
452
Virginia
6%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
9,702
Platinum:
25
Total Counties:
134
Gold:
1,487
Silver:
5,457
Jobs Profiled:
179
Bronze:
2,733
Washington
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,979
Platinum:
29
Total Counties:
39
Gold:
917
Silver:
1,651
Jobs Profiled:
36
Bronze:
382
Washington DC
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
10
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
1
Gold:
1
Silver:
4
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
5
West Virginia
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
61,736
Platinum:
115
Total Counties:
55
Gold:
10,637
Silver:
38,821
Jobs Profiled:
95
Bronze:
12,163
Wisconsin
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
11,129
Platinum:
126
Total Counties:
72
Gold:
3,432
Silver:
5,871
Jobs Profiled:
24
Bronze:
1,700
Wyoming
4%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
7,066
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
23
Gold:
1,665
Silver:
4,104
Jobs Profiled:
4
Bronze:
1,293
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,603,886
Platinum:
13,931
Total Counties:
3,141
Gold:
543,143
Employers Supporting:
6,450
Silver:
1,435,130
Jobs Profiled:
20,094
Bronze:
611,682
Why it works
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By participating in ACT's Certified Work Ready Communities initiative, states are helping:

  • Business and industry know exactly what foundational skills they need for a productive workforce - and to easily communicate their needs
  • Individuals understand what skills are required by employers - and how to prepare themselves for success
  • Policy makers consistently measure the skills gap in a timely manner at the national, state and local levels
  • Educators close the skills gap, via tools integrated into career pathways with stackable industry-recognized credentials
  • Economic developers use an on-demand reporting tool to market the quality of their workforce

Employers can be the fuel to drive successful state and county Certified 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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These counties — through earning the Certified Work Ready Communities designation — are solving skills gap problems and giving themselves a competitive advantage! By engaging in ACT Work Ready Communities and achieving this status, they are demonstrating with irrefutable data they have a skilled workforce that is valued by their local industry and a workforce development system in place that links education and workforce development together, aligns to economic development and matches people to jobs.

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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 Certified 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 September 30, 2014 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through September 30, 2014 , 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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