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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 83,524
 
Certified Counties0/67
Participating Counties10/67
Jobs Profiled221
Platinum334
Gold14,948
Silver44,833
Bronze23,409
Alaska
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 44,661
 
Certified Counties0/31
Participating Counties0/31
Jobs Profiled44
Platinum153
Gold8,328
Silver24,952
Bronze11,228
Arizona
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 6,167
 
Certified Counties0/15
Participating Counties0/15
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum24
Gold1,264
Silver3,725
Bronze1,154
Arkansas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 65,044
 
Certified Counties0/75
Participating Counties5/75
Jobs Profiled110
Platinum322
Gold14,925
Silver38,658
Bronze11,139
California
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 10,168
 
Certified Counties0/58
Participating Counties1/58
Jobs Profiled58
Platinum70
Gold1,838
Silver5,722
Bronze2,538
Colorado
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,067
 
Certified Counties0/64
Participating Counties0/64
Jobs Profiled16
Platinum5
Gold207
Silver1,351
Bronze504
Connecticut
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,426
 
Certified Counties0/8
Participating Counties0/8
Jobs Profiled9
Platinum2
Gold329
Silver1,453
Bronze642
Delaware
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 285
 
Certified Counties0/3
Participating Counties0/3
Jobs Profiled1
Platinum0
Gold71
Silver173
Bronze41
Florida
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 114,214
 
Certified Counties0/67
Participating Counties0/67
Jobs Profiled497
Platinum219
Gold21,107
Silver64,344
Bronze28,544
Georgia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 334,142
 
Certified Counties0/159
Participating Counties0/159
Jobs Profiled952
Platinum1,985
Gold61,476
Silver183,946
Bronze86,735
Hawaii
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 427
 
Certified Counties0/5
Participating Counties0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum0
Gold38
Silver212
Bronze177
Idaho
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 107
 
Certified Counties0/44
Participating Counties0/44
Jobs Profiled14
Platinum0
Gold29
Silver56
Bronze22
Illinois
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 150,741
 
Certified Counties0/102
Participating Counties3/102
Jobs Profiled72
Platinum1,748
Gold36,333
Silver78,018
Bronze34,642
Indiana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 119,712
 
Certified Counties3/92
Participating Counties6/92
Jobs Profiled866
Platinum562
Gold25,363
Silver71,214
Bronze22,573
Iowa
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 84,479
 
Certified Counties0/99
Participating Counties0/99
Jobs Profiled84
Platinum447
Gold19,185
Silver47,909
Bronze16,938
Kansas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 21,506
 
Certified Counties1/105
Participating Counties4/105
Jobs Profiled71
Platinum138
Gold5,593
Silver12,328
Bronze3,447
Kentucky
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 128,398
 
Certified Counties0/120
Participating Counties0/120
Jobs Profiled138
Platinum459
Gold22,387
Silver81,788
Bronze23,764
Louisiana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 65,329
 
Certified Counties7/64
Participating Counties11/64
Jobs Profiled34
Platinum192
Gold8,530
Silver36,913
Bronze19,694
Maine
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 105
 
Certified Counties0/16
Participating Counties0/16
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum1
Gold33
Silver61
Bronze10
Maryland
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 494
 
Certified Counties0/24
Participating Counties0/24
Jobs Profiled1
Platinum4
Gold96
Silver287
Bronze107
Massachusetts
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 579
 
Certified Counties0/14
Participating Counties0/14
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum1
Gold95
Silver323
Bronze160
Michigan
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 513,634
 
Certified Counties0/83
Participating Counties13/83
Jobs Profiled109
Platinum3,357
Gold125,855
Silver261,888
Bronze122,534
Minnesota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 23,591
 
Certified Counties0/87
Participating Counties0/87
Jobs Profiled15
Platinum174
Gold6,552
Silver12,914
Bronze3,951
Mississippi
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 60,927
 
Certified Counties0/82
Participating Counties7/82
Jobs Profiled13
Platinum131
Gold8,534
Silver35,939
Bronze16,323
Missouri
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 77,359
 
Certified Counties34/115
Participating Counties78/115
Jobs Profiled329
Platinum275
Gold16,552
Silver45,100
Bronze15,432
Montana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,684
 
Certified Counties0/56
Participating Counties0/56
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum11
Gold363
Silver958
Bronze352
Nebraska
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 980
 
Certified Counties0/93
Participating Counties0/93
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum6
Gold221
Silver535
Bronze218
Nevada
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,558
 
Certified Counties0/17
Participating Counties0/17
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum20
Gold1,227
Silver2,464
Bronze847
New Hampshire
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,384
 
Certified Counties0/10
Participating Counties0/10
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum16
Gold1,017
Silver3,181
Bronze1,170
New Jersey
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 699
 
Certified Counties0/21
Participating Counties0/21
Jobs Profiled4
Platinum0
Gold86
Silver351
Bronze262
New Mexico
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 26,695
 
Certified Counties1/33
Participating Counties2/33
Jobs Profiled64
Platinum62
Gold4,426
Silver14,848
Bronze7,359
New York
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,494
 
Certified Counties0/62
Participating Counties0/62
Jobs Profiled21
Platinum8
Gold254
Silver895
Bronze337
North Carolina
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 333,604
 
Certified Counties13/100
Participating Counties37/100
Jobs Profiled899
Platinum912
Gold60,621
Silver196,175
Bronze75,896
North Dakota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 655
 
Certified Counties0/53
Participating Counties1/53
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum0
Gold122
Silver360
Bronze173
Ohio
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 135,965
 
Certified Counties0/88
Participating Counties3/88
Jobs Profiled302
Platinum464
Gold29,433
Silver84,233
Bronze21,835
Oklahoma
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 117,545
 
Certified Counties1/77
Participating Counties1/77
Jobs Profiled215
Platinum447
Gold22,375
Silver69,347
Bronze25,376
Oregon
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 55,023
 
Certified Counties10/36
Participating Counties36/36
Jobs Profiled81
Platinum567
Gold16,938
Silver29,828
Bronze7,690
Pennsylvania
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 26,725
 
Certified Counties0/67
Participating Counties0/67
Jobs Profiled157
Platinum130
Gold6,971
Silver15,732
Bronze3,892
Rhode Island
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,004
 
Certified Counties0/5
Participating Counties0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum1
Gold112
Silver543
Bronze348
South Carolina
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 354,737
 
Certified Counties46/46
Participating Counties46/46
Jobs Profiled1,255
Platinum856
Gold55,726
Silver193,964
Bronze104,191
South Dakota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 15,244
 
Certified Counties0/66
Participating Counties0/66
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum84
Gold4,136
Silver8,953
Bronze2,071
Tennessee
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 111,206
 
Certified Counties7/95
Participating Counties14/95
Jobs Profiled196
Platinum71
Gold25,638
Silver62,916
Bronze22,581
Texas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 19,469
 
Certified Counties1/254
Participating Counties2/254
Jobs Profiled170
Platinum75
Gold4,093
Silver11,793
Bronze3,508
Utah
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,653
 
Certified Counties0/29
Participating Counties6/29
Jobs Profiled23
Platinum24
Gold1,119
Silver2,068
Bronze442
Vermont
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,656
 
Certified Counties0/14
Participating Counties0/14
Jobs Profiled36
Platinum12
Gold629
Silver1,493
Bronze522
Virginia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 12,279
 
Certified Counties3/134
Participating Counties8/134
Jobs Profiled212
Platinum40
Gold1,976
Silver6,906
Bronze3,357
Washington
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,479
 
Certified Counties0/39
Participating Counties1/39
Jobs Profiled47
Platinum49
Gold1,408
Silver2,463
Bronze559
Washington DC
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 59
 
Certified Counties0/1
Participating Counties0/1
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum2
Gold5
Silver29
Bronze23
West Virginia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 64,536
 
Certified Counties0/55
Participating Counties0/55
Jobs Profiled104
Platinum119
Gold11,170
Silver40,590
Bronze12,657
Wisconsin
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 124,530
 
Certified Counties0/72
Participating Counties0/72
Jobs Profiled28
Platinum949
Gold37,923
Silver65,979
Bronze19,679
Wyoming
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,617
 
Certified Counties0/23
Participating Counties1/23
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum7
Gold2,035
Silver5,020
Bronze1,555
 
NCRC Earned Rankings by Percentile
  • Top
  • 10%
  • 20%
  • 30%
  • 40%
  • 50%
Alabama
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 83,524
National Ranking 22
Alaska
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 44,661
National Ranking 2
Arizona
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 6,167
National Ranking 33
Arkansas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 65,044
National Ranking 10
California
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 10,168
National Ranking 43
Colorado
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,067
National Ranking 44
Connecticut
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,426
National Ranking 37
Delaware
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 285
National Ranking 42
Florida
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 114,214
National Ranking 23
Georgia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 334,142
National Ranking 5
Hawaii
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 427
National Ranking 40
Idaho
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 107
National Ranking 49
Illinois
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 150,741
National Ranking 18
Indiana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 119,712
National Ranking 11
Iowa
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 84,479
National Ranking 9
Kansas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 21,506
National Ranking 32
Kentucky
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 128,398
National Ranking 8
Louisiana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 65,329
National Ranking 21
Maine
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 105
National Ranking 50
Maryland
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 494
National Ranking 47
Massachusetts
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 579
National Ranking 45
Michigan
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 513,634
National Ranking 3
Minnesota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 23,591
National Ranking 24
Mississippi
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 60,927
National Ranking 41
Missouri
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 77,359
National Ranking 20
Montana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,684
National Ranking 28
Nebraska
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 980
National Ranking 39
Nevada
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,558
National Ranking 29
New Hampshire
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,384
National Ranking 26
New Jersey
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 699
National Ranking 48
New Mexico
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 26,695
National Ranking 16
New York
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,494
National Ranking 46
North Carolina
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 333,604
National Ranking 7
North Dakota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 655
National Ranking 34
Ohio
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 135,965
National Ranking 19
Oklahoma
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 117,545
National Ranking 6
Oregon
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 55,023
National Ranking 15
Pennsylvania
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 26,725
National Ranking 27
Rhode Island
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,004
National Ranking 35
South Carolina
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 354,737
National Ranking 1
South Dakota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 15,244
National Ranking 13
Tennessee
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 111,206
National Ranking 12
Texas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 19,469
National Ranking 36
Utah
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,653
National Ranking 31
Vermont
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,656
National Ranking 25
Virginia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 12,279
National Ranking 30
Washington
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,479
National Ranking 38
Washington DC
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 59
National Ranking 0
West Virginia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 64,536
National Ranking 4
Wisconsin
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 124,530
National Ranking 17
Wyoming
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,617
National Ranking 14

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

3,529,732

NCRC Levels:
  • Platinum:17,625
  • Gold:733,372
  • Silver:1,967,392
  • Bronze:811,343
Total Certified Counties: 127
Employers Supporting: 14,023
Jobs Profiled: 20,999

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 June 30, 2016 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through June 30, 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.