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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
39,471
Platinum:
267
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
7,402
Silver:
20,028
Jobs Profiled:
213
Bronze:
11,774
Alaska
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
41,189
Platinum:
145
Total Counties:
31
Gold:
7,930
Silver:
22,979
Jobs Profiled:
43
Bronze:
10,135
Arizona
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
5,316
Platinum:
20
Total Counties:
15
Gold:
1,059
Silver:
3,221
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
1,016
Arkansas
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
60,743
Platinum:
313
Total Counties:
75
Gold:
14,035
Silver:
35,947
Jobs Profiled:
103
Bronze:
10,448
California
2%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
8,840
Platinum:
67
Total Counties:
58
Gold:
1,644
Silver:
4,975
Jobs Profiled:
56
Bronze:
2,154
Colorado
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,036
Platinum:
5
Total Counties:
64
Gold:
140
Silver:
669
Jobs Profiled:
16
Bronze:
222
Connecticut
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,260
Platinum:
1
Total Counties:
8
Gold:
316
Silver:
1,361
Jobs Profiled:
9
Bronze:
582
Delaware
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
209
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
3
Gold:
54
Silver:
123
Jobs Profiled:
1
Bronze:
32
Florida
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
113,932
Platinum:
218
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
21,063
Silver:
64,227
Jobs Profiled:
497
Bronze:
28,424
Georgia
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
330,659
Platinum:
1,975
Total Counties:
159
Gold:
60,770
Silver:
181,841
Jobs Profiled:
883
Bronze:
86,073
Hawaii
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
409
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
5
Gold:
37
Silver:
203
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
169
Idaho
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
90
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
44
Gold:
24
Silver:
46
Jobs Profiled:
14
Bronze:
20
Illinois
2%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
148,818
Platinum:
1,741
Total Counties:
102
Gold:
35,912
Silver:
76,897
Jobs Profiled:
64
Bronze:
34,268
Indiana
7%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
110,587
Platinum:
538
Total Counties:
92
Gold:
23,383
Silver:
65,549
Jobs Profiled:
828
Bronze:
21,117
Iowa
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
68,525
Platinum:
391
Total Counties:
99
Gold:
15,889
Silver:
38,561
Jobs Profiled:
84
Bronze:
13,684
Kansas
2%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,666
Platinum:
11
Total Counties:
105
Gold:
637
Silver:
1,563
Jobs Profiled:
71
Bronze:
455
Kentucky
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
107,164
Platinum:
427
Total Counties:
120
Gold:
19,405
Silver:
66,690
Jobs Profiled:
137
Bronze:
20,642
Louisiana
5%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
49,280
Platinum:
174
Total Counties:
64
Gold:
6,769
Silver:
26,930
Jobs Profiled:
32
Bronze:
15,407
Maine
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
57
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
16
Gold:
18
Silver:
33
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
6
Maryland
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
406
Platinum:
2
Total Counties:
24
Gold:
79
Silver:
230
Jobs Profiled:
1
Bronze:
95
Massachusetts
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
475
Platinum:
1
Total Counties:
14
Gold:
76
Silver:
271
Jobs Profiled:
7
Bronze:
127
Michigan
13%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
501,275
Platinum:
3,338
Total Counties:
83
Gold:
124,247
Silver:
254,900
Jobs Profiled:
109
Bronze:
118,790
Minnesota
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
21,592
Platinum:
165
Total Counties:
87
Gold:
6,015
Silver:
11,761
Jobs Profiled:
15
Bronze:
3,651
Mississippi
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
639
Platinum:
5
Total Counties:
82
Gold:
114
Silver:
385
Jobs Profiled:
13
Bronze:
135
Missouri
54%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
61,896
Platinum:
235
Total Counties:
115
Gold:
13,598
Silver:
35,723
Jobs Profiled:
292
Bronze:
12,340
Montana
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,492
Platinum:
9
Total Counties:
56
Gold:
306
Silver:
861
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
316
Nebraska
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
847
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
93
Gold:
174
Silver:
467
Jobs Profiled:
30
Bronze:
202
Nevada
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
3,695
Platinum:
19
Total Counties:
17
Gold:
1,072
Silver:
1,983
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
621
New Hampshire
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
4,780
Platinum:
14
Total Counties:
10
Gold:
866
Silver:
2,801
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
1,099
New Jersey
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
479
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
21
Gold:
60
Silver:
256
Jobs Profiled:
2
Bronze:
163
New Mexico
3%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
22,997
Platinum:
47
Total Counties:
33
Gold:
3,867
Silver:
12,715
Jobs Profiled:
62
Bronze:
6,368
New York
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,457
Platinum:
8
Total Counties:
62
Gold:
242
Silver:
876
Jobs Profiled:
21
Bronze:
331
North Carolina
23%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
281,814
Platinum:
784
Total Counties:
100
Gold:
50,935
Silver:
164,841
Jobs Profiled:
843
Bronze:
65,254
North Dakota
2%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
528
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
53
Gold:
103
Silver:
300
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
125
Ohio
2%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
125,030
Platinum:
443
Total Counties:
88
Gold:
27,370
Silver:
77,280
Jobs Profiled:
297
Bronze:
19,937
Oklahoma
1%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
103,285
Platinum:
415
Total Counties:
77
Gold:
19,838
Silver:
60,476
Jobs Profiled:
211
Bronze:
22,556
Oregon
100%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
45,723
Platinum:
511
Total Counties:
36
Gold:
14,941
Silver:
24,458
Jobs Profiled:
74
Bronze:
5,813
Pennsylvania
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
23,950
Platinum:
119
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
6,350
Silver:
14,056
Jobs Profiled:
135
Bronze:
3,425
Rhode Island
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
646
Platinum:
1
Total Counties:
5
Gold:
71
Silver:
345
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
229
South Carolina
100%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
292,854
Platinum:
714
Total Counties:
46
Gold:
44,365
Silver:
158,999
Jobs Profiled:
1,140
Bronze:
88,776
South Dakota
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
11,135
Platinum:
70
Total Counties:
66
Gold:
3,156
Silver:
6,429
Jobs Profiled:
30
Bronze:
1,480
Tennessee
12%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
105,066
Platinum:
55
Total Counties:
95
Gold:
24,447
Silver:
59,144
Jobs Profiled:
179
Bronze:
21,420
Texas
1%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
16,771
Platinum:
62
Total Counties:
254
Gold:
3,476
Silver:
10,032
Jobs Profiled:
160
Bronze:
3,201
Utah
38%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
3,227
Platinum:
22
Total Counties:
29
Gold:
996
Silver:
1,820
Jobs Profiled:
22
Bronze:
389
Vermont
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,506
Platinum:
12
Total Counties:
14
Gold:
599
Silver:
1,397
Jobs Profiled:
36
Bronze:
498
Virginia
6%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
10,954
Platinum:
33
Total Counties:
134
Gold:
1,719
Silver:
6,159
Jobs Profiled:
197
Bronze:
3,043
Washington
3%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
3,793
Platinum:
38
Total Counties:
39
Gold:
1,186
Silver:
2,092
Jobs Profiled:
40
Bronze:
477
Washington DC
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
53
Platinum:
2
Total Counties:
1
Gold:
5
Silver:
26
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
20
West Virginia
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
63,678
Platinum:
118
Total Counties:
55
Gold:
11,006
Silver:
40,054
Jobs Profiled:
104
Bronze:
12,500
Wisconsin
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
67,743
Platinum:
640
Total Counties:
72
Gold:
20,657
Silver:
35,571
Jobs Profiled:
24
Bronze:
10,875
Wyoming
4%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
7,727
Platinum:
6
Total Counties:
23
Gold:
1,806
Silver:
4,494
Jobs Profiled:
5
Bronze:
1,421
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
3,062,105
Platinum:
16,272
Total Counties:
3,141
Gold:
643,310
Employers Supporting:
10,241
Silver:
1,692,581
Jobs Profiled:
20,557
Bronze:
709,942
Why it works
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Employers
Certified Counties
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 July 31, 2015 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through July 31, 2015 , 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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