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
36,638
Platinum:
255
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
6,818
Silver:
18,424
Jobs Profiled:
210
Bronze:
11,141
Alaska
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
37,922
Platinum:
145
Total Counties:
31
Gold:
7,588
Silver:
21,177
Jobs Profiled:
43
Bronze:
9,012
Arizona
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
5,052
Platinum:
20
Total Counties:
15
Gold:
999
Silver:
3,077
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
956
Arkansas
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
58,807
Platinum:
309
Total Counties:
75
Gold:
13,652
Silver:
34,708
Jobs Profiled:
103
Bronze:
10,138
California
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
8,151
Platinum:
65
Total Counties:
58
Gold:
1,525
Silver:
4,565
Jobs Profiled:
56
Bronze:
1,996
Colorado
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
630
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
64
Gold:
116
Silver:
417
Jobs Profiled:
16
Bronze:
93
Connecticut
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,156
Platinum:
1
Total Counties:
8
Gold:
310
Silver:
1,292
Jobs Profiled:
9
Bronze:
553
Delaware
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
179
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
3
Gold:
46
Silver:
105
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
28
Florida
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
113,836
Platinum:
218
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
21,042
Silver:
64,196
Jobs Profiled:
497
Bronze:
28,380
Georgia
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
328,636
Platinum:
1,972
Total Counties:
159
Gold:
60,300
Silver:
180,623
Jobs Profiled:
860
Bronze:
85,741
Hawaii
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
407
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
5
Gold:
37
Silver:
203
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
167
Idaho
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
84
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
44
Gold:
23
Silver:
43
Jobs Profiled:
14
Bronze:
18
Illinois
1%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
128,514
Platinum:
1,645
Total Counties:
102
Gold:
31,109
Silver:
65,634
Jobs Profiled:
63
Bronze:
30,126
Indiana
4%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
106,844
Platinum:
522
Total Counties:
92
Gold:
22,578
Silver:
63,293
Jobs Profiled:
822
Bronze:
20,451
Iowa
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
62,666
Platinum:
371
Total Counties:
99
Gold:
14,613
Silver:
35,226
Jobs Profiled:
84
Bronze:
12,456
Kansas
2%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,728
Platinum:
7
Total Counties:
105
Gold:
454
Silver:
991
Jobs Profiled:
70
Bronze:
276
Kentucky
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
101,749
Platinum:
420
Total Counties:
120
Gold:
18,617
Silver:
62,705
Jobs Profiled:
131
Bronze:
20,007
Louisiana
3%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
45,849
Platinum:
173
Total Counties:
64
Gold:
6,454
Silver:
25,105
Jobs Profiled:
32
Bronze:
14,117
Maine
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
49
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
16
Gold:
18
Silver:
25
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
6
Maryland
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
371
Platinum:
2
Total Counties:
24
Gold:
70
Silver:
213
Jobs Profiled:
1
Bronze:
86
Massachusetts
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
440
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
14
Gold:
69
Silver:
253
Jobs Profiled:
7
Bronze:
118
Michigan
13%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
498,040
Platinum:
3,324
Total Counties:
83
Gold:
123,643
Silver:
253,174
Jobs Profiled:
106
Bronze:
117,899
Minnesota
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
20,576
Platinum:
160
Total Counties:
87
Gold:
5,738
Silver:
11,206
Jobs Profiled:
15
Bronze:
3,472
Mississippi
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
473
Platinum:
3
Total Counties:
82
Gold:
84
Silver:
284
Jobs Profiled:
13
Bronze:
102
Missouri
46%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
56,168
Platinum:
216
Total Counties:
115
Gold:
12,417
Silver:
32,390
Jobs Profiled:
292
Bronze:
11,145
Montana
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,407
Platinum:
8
Total Counties:
56
Gold:
283
Silver:
818
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
298
Nebraska
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
835
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
93
Gold:
173
Silver:
459
Jobs Profiled:
30
Bronze:
199
Nevada
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
3,178
Platinum:
17
Total Counties:
17
Gold:
864
Silver:
1,751
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
546
New Hampshire
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
4,489
Platinum:
13
Total Counties:
10
Gold:
796
Silver:
2,629
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
1,051
New Jersey
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
407
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
21
Gold:
57
Silver:
210
Jobs Profiled:
2
Bronze:
140
New Mexico
3%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
21,638
Platinum:
45
Total Counties:
33
Gold:
3,658
Silver:
11,939
Jobs Profiled:
62
Bronze:
5,996
New York
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,422
Platinum:
6
Total Counties:
62
Gold:
230
Silver:
858
Jobs Profiled:
21
Bronze:
328
North Carolina
20%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
268,996
Platinum:
709
Total Counties:
100
Gold:
48,364
Silver:
157,301
Jobs Profiled:
826
Bronze:
62,622
North Dakota
2%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
480
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
53
Gold:
89
Silver:
277
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
114
Ohio
2%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
120,384
Platinum:
430
Total Counties:
88
Gold:
26,427
Silver:
74,428
Jobs Profiled:
290
Bronze:
19,099
Oklahoma
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
98,879
Platinum:
409
Total Counties:
77
Gold:
19,101
Silver:
57,750
Jobs Profiled:
210
Bronze:
21,619
Oregon
100%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
41,742
Platinum:
476
Total Counties:
36
Gold:
13,883
Silver:
22,355
Jobs Profiled:
73
Bronze:
5,028
Pennsylvania
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
23,162
Platinum:
119
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
6,177
Silver:
13,569
Jobs Profiled:
133
Bronze:
3,297
Rhode Island
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
553
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
5
Gold:
51
Silver:
300
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
202
South Carolina
100%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
241,647
Platinum:
327
Total Counties:
46
Gold:
32,356
Silver:
134,558
Jobs Profiled:
1,087
Bronze:
74,406
South Dakota
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
10,632
Platinum:
69
Total Counties:
66
Gold:
2,997
Silver:
6,169
Jobs Profiled:
30
Bronze:
1,397
Tennessee
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
102,939
Platinum:
53
Total Counties:
95
Gold:
23,981
Silver:
57,897
Jobs Profiled:
173
Bronze:
21,008
Texas
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
15,267
Platinum:
59
Total Counties:
254
Gold:
3,159
Silver:
9,120
Jobs Profiled:
156
Bronze:
2,929
Utah
38%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
3,022
Platinum:
22
Total Counties:
29
Gold:
941
Silver:
1,709
Jobs Profiled:
22
Bronze:
350
Vermont
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,400
Platinum:
12
Total Counties:
14
Gold:
576
Silver:
1,337
Jobs Profiled:
36
Bronze:
475
Virginia
6%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
10,225
Platinum:
28
Total Counties:
134
Gold:
1,606
Silver:
5,751
Jobs Profiled:
191
Bronze:
2,840
Washington
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
3,517
Platinum:
35
Total Counties:
39
Gold:
1,105
Silver:
1,936
Jobs Profiled:
39
Bronze:
441
Washington DC
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
50
Platinum:
2
Total Counties:
1
Gold:
5
Silver:
24
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
19
West Virginia
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
62,920
Platinum:
118
Total Counties:
55
Gold:
10,860
Silver:
39,585
Jobs Profiled:
99
Bronze:
12,357
Wisconsin
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
12,054
Platinum:
132
Total Counties:
72
Gold:
3,682
Silver:
6,400
Jobs Profiled:
24
Bronze:
1,840
Wyoming
4%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
7,284
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
23
Gold:
1,715
Silver:
4,242
Jobs Profiled:
5
Bronze:
1,323
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,853,563
Platinum:
15,001
Total Counties:
3,141
Gold:
593,813
Employers Supporting:
8,426
Silver:
1,579,946
Jobs Profiled:
20,410
Bronze:
664,803
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 March 31, 2015 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through March 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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