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
459
Platinum:
2
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
122
Silver:
270
Jobs Profiled:
207
Bronze:
65
Alaska
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
37,039
Platinum:
140
Total Counties:
31
Gold:
7,351
Silver:
20,682
Jobs Profiled:
40
Bronze:
8,866
Arizona
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
4,022
Platinum:
18
Total Counties:
15
Gold:
799
Silver:
2,451
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
754
Arkansas
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
543
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
75
Gold:
137
Silver:
300
Jobs Profiled:
96
Bronze:
102
California
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
6,935
Platinum:
61
Total Counties:
58
Gold:
1,345
Silver:
3,920
Jobs Profiled:
50
Bronze:
1,609
Colorado
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
447
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
64
Gold:
94
Silver:
305
Jobs Profiled:
16
Bronze:
44
Connecticut
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,857
Platinum:
1
Total Counties:
8
Gold:
285
Silver:
1,104
Jobs Profiled:
9
Bronze:
467
Delaware
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
118
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
3
Gold:
27
Silver:
67
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
24
Florida
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
113,687
Platinum:
218
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
21,015
Silver:
64,124
Jobs Profiled:
495
Bronze:
28,330
Georgia
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
322,931
Platinum:
1,962
Total Counties:
159
Gold:
59,283
Silver:
177,163
Jobs Profiled:
852
Bronze:
84,523
Hawaii
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
247
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
5
Gold:
20
Silver:
108
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
119
Idaho
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
67
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
44
Gold:
21
Silver:
32
Jobs Profiled:
14
Bronze:
14
Illinois
1%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
87,858
Platinum:
1,327
Total Counties:
102
Gold:
21,157
Silver:
44,325
Jobs Profiled:
58
Bronze:
21,049
Indiana
4%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
100,374
Platinum:
510
Total Counties:
92
Gold:
21,149
Silver:
59,259
Jobs Profiled:
753
Bronze:
19,456
Iowa
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
47,731
Platinum:
302
Total Counties:
99
Gold:
11,480
Silver:
26,607
Jobs Profiled:
83
Bronze:
9,342
Kansas
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,306
Platinum:
5
Total Counties:
105
Gold:
347
Silver:
760
Jobs Profiled:
64
Bronze:
194
Kentucky
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
87,994
Platinum:
393
Total Counties:
120
Gold:
16,476
Silver:
53,649
Jobs Profiled:
121
Bronze:
17,476
Louisiana
3%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
42,419
Platinum:
159
Total Counties:
64
Gold:
5,902
Silver:
23,108
Jobs Profiled:
26
Bronze:
13,250
Maine
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
32
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
16
Gold:
15
Silver:
11
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
6
Maryland
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
246
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
24
Gold:
48
Silver:
135
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
63
Massachusetts
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
358
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
14
Gold:
56
Silver:
213
Jobs Profiled:
7
Bronze:
89
Michigan
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
491,605
Platinum:
3,309
Total Counties:
83
Gold:
122,494
Silver:
249,611
Jobs Profiled:
104
Bronze:
116,191
Minnesota
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
18,413
Platinum:
148
Total Counties:
87
Gold:
5,135
Silver:
9,963
Jobs Profiled:
13
Bronze:
3,167
Mississippi
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
227
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
82
Gold:
36
Silver:
136
Jobs Profiled:
10
Bronze:
55
Missouri
38%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
46,661
Platinum:
184
Total Counties:
115
Gold:
10,364
Silver:
26,783
Jobs Profiled:
273
Bronze:
9,330
Montana
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,186
Platinum:
6
Total Counties:
56
Gold:
233
Silver:
690
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
257
Nebraska
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
800
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
93
Gold:
161
Silver:
443
Jobs Profiled:
26
Bronze:
192
Nevada
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,463
Platinum:
15
Total Counties:
17
Gold:
728
Silver:
1,350
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
370
New Hampshire
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
3,798
Platinum:
9
Total Counties:
10
Gold:
633
Silver:
2,235
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
921
New Jersey
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
325
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
21
Gold:
48
Silver:
174
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
103
New Mexico
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
18,894
Platinum:
34
Total Counties:
33
Gold:
3,270
Silver:
10,373
Jobs Profiled:
57
Bronze:
5,217
New York
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,324
Platinum:
6
Total Counties:
62
Gold:
204
Silver:
802
Jobs Profiled:
21
Bronze:
312
North Carolina
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
215,979
Platinum:
574
Total Counties:
100
Gold:
38,099
Silver:
125,904
Jobs Profiled:
741
Bronze:
51,402
North Dakota
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
421
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
53
Gold:
80
Silver:
241
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
100
Ohio
2%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
112,986
Platinum:
411
Total Counties:
88
Gold:
24,748
Silver:
69,685
Jobs Profiled:
278
Bronze:
18,142
Oklahoma
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
87,907
Platinum:
380
Total Counties:
77
Gold:
16,978
Silver:
50,976
Jobs Profiled:
206
Bronze:
19,573
Oregon
100%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
32,645
Platinum:
389
Total Counties:
36
Gold:
11,178
Silver:
17,432
Jobs Profiled:
67
Bronze:
3,646
Pennsylvania
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
20,851
Platinum:
116
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
5,629
Silver:
12,161
Jobs Profiled:
127
Bronze:
2,945
Rhode Island
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
234
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
5
Gold:
31
Silver:
128
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
75
South Carolina
100%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
222,626
Platinum:
269
Total Counties:
46
Gold:
29,405
Silver:
123,402
Jobs Profiled:
958
Bronze:
69,550
South Dakota
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
8,008
Platinum:
61
Total Counties:
66
Gold:
2,358
Silver:
4,555
Jobs Profiled:
29
Bronze:
1,034
Tennessee
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
99,158
Platinum:
46
Total Counties:
95
Gold:
23,123
Silver:
55,672
Jobs Profiled:
151
Bronze:
20,317
Texas
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
8,973
Platinum:
32
Total Counties:
254
Gold:
1,857
Silver:
5,399
Jobs Profiled:
149
Bronze:
1,685
Utah
34%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,541
Platinum:
19
Total Counties:
29
Gold:
786
Silver:
1,442
Jobs Profiled:
21
Bronze:
294
Vermont
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,272
Platinum:
11
Total Counties:
14
Gold:
547
Silver:
1,263
Jobs Profiled:
36
Bronze:
451
Virginia
6%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
9,379
Platinum:
25
Total Counties:
134
Gold:
1,427
Silver:
5,259
Jobs Profiled:
170
Bronze:
2,668
Washington
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,793
Platinum:
28
Total Counties:
39
Gold:
860
Silver:
1,536
Jobs Profiled:
36
Bronze:
369
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
60,956
Platinum:
111
Total Counties:
55
Gold:
10,499
Silver:
38,335
Jobs Profiled:
93
Bronze:
12,011
Wisconsin
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
10,586
Platinum:
124
Total Counties:
72
Gold:
3,279
Silver:
5,544
Jobs Profiled:
24
Bronze:
1,639
Wyoming
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
7,040
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
23
Gold:
1,659
Silver:
4,085
Jobs Profiled:
4
Bronze:
1,292
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,464,852
Platinum:
12,988
Total Counties:
3,141
Gold:
511,057
Employers Supporting:
5,265
Silver:
1,359,970
Jobs Profiled:
19,942
Bronze:
580,837
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 June 30, 2014 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through June 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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