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
493
Platinum:
2
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
130
Silver:
288
Jobs Profiled:
209
Bronze:
73
Alaska
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
37,447
Platinum:
143
Total Counties:
31
Gold:
7,459
Silver:
20,923
Jobs Profiled:
42
Bronze:
8,922
Arizona
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
4,469
Platinum:
18
Total Counties:
15
Gold:
893
Silver:
2,734
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
824
Arkansas
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
574
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
75
Gold:
149
Silver:
315
Jobs Profiled:
103
Bronze:
106
California
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
7,401
Platinum:
63
Total Counties:
58
Gold:
1,413
Silver:
4,179
Jobs Profiled:
53
Bronze:
1,746
Colorado
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
477
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
64
Gold:
100
Silver:
326
Jobs Profiled:
16
Bronze:
47
Connecticut
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,019
Platinum:
1
Total Counties:
8
Gold:
302
Silver:
1,201
Jobs Profiled:
9
Bronze:
515
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
113,741
Platinum:
218
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
21,025
Silver:
64,152
Jobs Profiled:
496
Bronze:
28,346
Georgia
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
325,958
Platinum:
1,966
Total Counties:
159
Gold:
59,728
Silver:
179,017
Jobs Profiled:
856
Bronze:
85,247
Hawaii
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
327
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
5
Gold:
30
Silver:
151
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
146
Idaho
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
78
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
44
Gold:
23
Silver:
39
Jobs Profiled:
14
Bronze:
16
Illinois
1%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
126,881
Platinum:
1,639
Total Counties:
102
Gold:
30,746
Silver:
64,676
Jobs Profiled:
59
Bronze:
29,820
Indiana
4%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
103,017
Platinum:
512
Total Counties:
92
Gold:
21,727
Silver:
60,872
Jobs Profiled:
782
Bronze:
19,906
Iowa
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
52,881
Platinum:
325
Total Counties:
99
Gold:
12,557
Silver:
29,590
Jobs Profiled:
84
Bronze:
10,409
Kansas
2%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,355
Platinum:
6
Total Counties:
105
Gold:
360
Silver:
783
Jobs Profiled:
64
Bronze:
206
Kentucky
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
90,609
Platinum:
404
Total Counties:
120
Gold:
17,054
Silver:
55,325
Jobs Profiled:
124
Bronze:
17,826
Louisiana
3%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
43,186
Platinum:
160
Total Counties:
64
Gold:
6,003
Silver:
23,544
Jobs Profiled:
26
Bronze:
13,479
Maine
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
39
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
16
Gold:
17
Silver:
16
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
6
Maryland
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
266
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
24
Gold:
51
Silver:
152
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
63
Massachusetts
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
399
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
14
Gold:
67
Silver:
236
Jobs Profiled:
7
Bronze:
96
Michigan
13%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
494,682
Platinum:
3,315
Total Counties:
83
Gold:
123,029
Silver:
251,263
Jobs Profiled:
104
Bronze:
117,075
Minnesota
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
19,363
Platinum:
154
Total Counties:
87
Gold:
5,408
Silver:
10,507
Jobs Profiled:
13
Bronze:
3,294
Mississippi
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
306
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
82
Gold:
55
Silver:
179
Jobs Profiled:
10
Bronze:
72
Missouri
38%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
50,122
Platinum:
194
Total Counties:
115
Gold:
11,166
Silver:
28,800
Jobs Profiled:
279
Bronze:
9,962
Montana
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,283
Platinum:
7
Total Counties:
56
Gold:
260
Silver:
743
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
273
Nebraska
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
813
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
93
Gold:
167
Silver:
449
Jobs Profiled:
26
Bronze:
193
Nevada
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,696
Platinum:
16
Total Counties:
17
Gold:
781
Silver:
1,484
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
415
New Hampshire
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
4,097
Platinum:
11
Total Counties:
10
Gold:
698
Silver:
2,402
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
986
New Jersey
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
389
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
21
Gold:
53
Silver:
199
Jobs Profiled:
2
Bronze:
137
New Mexico
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
19,981
Platinum:
38
Total Counties:
33
Gold:
3,433
Silver:
10,997
Jobs Profiled:
57
Bronze:
5,513
New York
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,343
Platinum:
6
Total Counties:
62
Gold:
206
Silver:
814
Jobs Profiled:
21
Bronze:
317
North Carolina
7%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
216,217
Platinum:
577
Total Counties:
100
Gold:
38,188
Silver:
126,034
Jobs Profiled:
778
Bronze:
51,418
North Dakota
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
446
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
53
Gold:
87
Silver:
256
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
103
Ohio
2%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
117,391
Platinum:
421
Total Counties:
88
Gold:
25,730
Silver:
72,488
Jobs Profiled:
280
Bronze:
18,752
Oklahoma
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
91,816
Platinum:
386
Total Counties:
77
Gold:
17,689
Silver:
53,361
Jobs Profiled:
208
Bronze:
20,380
Oregon
100%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
36,228
Platinum:
434
Total Counties:
36
Gold:
12,332
Silver:
19,392
Jobs Profiled:
67
Bronze:
4,070
Pennsylvania
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
22,016
Platinum:
118
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
5,906
Silver:
12,881
Jobs Profiled:
129
Bronze:
3,111
Rhode Island
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
405
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
5
Gold:
40
Silver:
226
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
139
South Carolina
100%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
230,228
Platinum:
290
Total Counties:
46
Gold:
30,501
Silver:
127,896
Jobs Profiled:
1,026
Bronze:
71,541
South Dakota
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
8,637
Platinum:
63
Total Counties:
66
Gold:
2,521
Silver:
4,942
Jobs Profiled:
30
Bronze:
1,111
Tennessee
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
100,876
Platinum:
50
Total Counties:
95
Gold:
23,457
Silver:
56,741
Jobs Profiled:
166
Bronze:
20,628
Texas
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
13,485
Platinum:
43
Total Counties:
254
Gold:
2,690
Silver:
8,092
Jobs Profiled:
152
Bronze:
2,660
Utah
34%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,745
Platinum:
19
Total Counties:
29
Gold:
850
Silver:
1,562
Jobs Profiled:
22
Bronze:
314
Vermont
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,307
Platinum:
11
Total Counties:
14
Gold:
557
Silver:
1,285
Jobs Profiled:
36
Bronze:
454
Virginia
6%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
9,768
Platinum:
26
Total Counties:
134
Gold:
1,503
Silver:
5,496
Jobs Profiled:
181
Bronze:
2,743
Washington
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
3,040
Platinum:
29
Total Counties:
39
Gold:
950
Silver:
1,676
Jobs Profiled:
36
Bronze:
385
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
62,020
Platinum:
115
Total Counties:
55
Gold:
10,690
Silver:
38,995
Jobs Profiled:
95
Bronze:
12,220
Wisconsin
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
11,283
Platinum:
128
Total Counties:
72
Gold:
3,469
Silver:
5,961
Jobs Profiled:
24
Bronze:
1,725
Wyoming
4%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
7,101
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
23
Gold:
1,670
Silver:
4,127
Jobs Profiled:
4
Bronze:
1,300
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,619,794
Platinum:
13,994
Total Counties:
3,141
Gold:
546,171
Employers Supporting:
6,795
Silver:
1,444,546
Jobs Profiled:
20,147
Bronze:
615,083
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 October 31, 2014 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through October 31, 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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