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
543
Platinum:
2
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
146
Silver:
311
Jobs Profiled:
210
Bronze:
84
Alaska
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
37,842
Platinum:
145
Total Counties:
31
Gold:
7,565
Silver:
21,139
Jobs Profiled:
43
Bronze:
8,993
Arizona
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
4,935
Platinum:
19
Total Counties:
15
Gold:
985
Silver:
3,013
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
918
Arkansas
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
58,397
Platinum:
308
Total Counties:
75
Gold:
13,570
Silver:
34,448
Jobs Profiled:
103
Bronze:
10,071
California
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
7,973
Platinum:
64
Total Counties:
58
Gold:
1,495
Silver:
4,477
Jobs Profiled:
56
Bronze:
1,937
Colorado
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
557
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
64
Gold:
109
Silver:
380
Jobs Profiled:
16
Bronze:
64
Connecticut
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,137
Platinum:
1
Total Counties:
8
Gold:
309
Silver:
1,283
Jobs Profiled:
9
Bronze:
544
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
113,791
Platinum:
218
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
21,038
Silver:
64,172
Jobs Profiled:
496
Bronze:
28,363
Georgia
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
327,948
Platinum:
1,971
Total Counties:
159
Gold:
60,167
Silver:
180,212
Jobs Profiled:
858
Bronze:
85,598
Hawaii
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
377
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
5
Gold:
36
Silver:
182
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
159
Idaho
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
83
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
44
Gold:
23
Silver:
43
Jobs Profiled:
14
Bronze:
17
Illinois
1%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
127,899
Platinum:
1,645
Total Counties:
102
Gold:
30,986
Silver:
65,281
Jobs Profiled:
61
Bronze:
29,987
Indiana
4%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
105,858
Platinum:
516
Total Counties:
92
Gold:
22,372
Silver:
62,672
Jobs Profiled:
800
Bronze:
20,298
Iowa
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
60,171
Platinum:
362
Total Counties:
99
Gold:
14,075
Silver:
33,810
Jobs Profiled:
84
Bronze:
11,924
Kansas
2%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,573
Platinum:
6
Total Counties:
105
Gold:
417
Silver:
903
Jobs Profiled:
68
Bronze:
247
Kentucky
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
96,798
Platinum:
411
Total Counties:
120
Gold:
18,099
Silver:
59,534
Jobs Profiled:
130
Bronze:
18,754
Louisiana
3%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
44,986
Platinum:
166
Total Counties:
64
Gold:
6,302
Silver:
24,616
Jobs Profiled:
32
Bronze:
13,902
Maine
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
45
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
16
Gold:
18
Silver:
21
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
6
Maryland
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
345
Platinum:
2
Total Counties:
24
Gold:
69
Silver:
196
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
78
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
497,237
Platinum:
3,322
Total Counties:
83
Gold:
123,502
Silver:
252,727
Jobs Profiled:
106
Bronze:
117,686
Minnesota
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
20,330
Platinum:
158
Total Counties:
87
Gold:
5,666
Silver:
11,069
Jobs Profiled:
15
Bronze:
3,437
Mississippi
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
430
Platinum:
2
Total Counties:
82
Gold:
78
Silver:
258
Jobs Profiled:
10
Bronze:
92
Missouri
46%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
54,658
Platinum:
211
Total Counties:
115
Gold:
12,142
Silver:
31,500
Jobs Profiled:
291
Bronze:
10,805
Montana
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,377
Platinum:
8
Total Counties:
56
Gold:
276
Silver:
802
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
291
Nebraska
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
828
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
93
Gold:
171
Silver:
457
Jobs Profiled:
30
Bronze:
196
Nevada
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
3,022
Platinum:
17
Total Counties:
17
Gold:
831
Silver:
1,667
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
507
New Hampshire
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
4,382
Platinum:
13
Total Counties:
10
Gold:
766
Silver:
2,569
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
1,034
New Jersey
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
399
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
21
Gold:
57
Silver:
203
Jobs Profiled:
2
Bronze:
139
New Mexico
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
21,208
Platinum:
44
Total Counties:
33
Gold:
3,602
Silver:
11,701
Jobs Profiled:
62
Bronze:
5,861
New York
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,407
Platinum:
6
Total Counties:
62
Gold:
224
Silver:
850
Jobs Profiled:
21
Bronze:
327
North Carolina
7%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
266,639
Platinum:
699
Total Counties:
100
Gold:
47,869
Silver:
155,955
Jobs Profiled:
795
Bronze:
62,116
North Dakota
2%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
472
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
53
Gold:
89
Silver:
272
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
111
Ohio
2%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
119,644
Platinum:
425
Total Counties:
88
Gold:
26,260
Silver:
73,915
Jobs Profiled:
288
Bronze:
19,044
Oklahoma
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
97,457
Platinum:
404
Total Counties:
77
Gold:
18,825
Silver:
56,883
Jobs Profiled:
209
Bronze:
21,345
Oregon
100%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
40,347
Platinum:
467
Total Counties:
36
Gold:
13,532
Silver:
21,577
Jobs Profiled:
68
Bronze:
4,771
Pennsylvania
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
22,932
Platinum:
119
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
6,112
Silver:
13,441
Jobs Profiled:
133
Bronze:
3,260
Rhode Island
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
515
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
5
Gold:
49
Silver:
285
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
181
South Carolina
100%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
238,571
Platinum:
321
Total Counties:
46
Gold:
31,847
Silver:
132,766
Jobs Profiled:
1,047
Bronze:
73,637
South Dakota
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
10,314
Platinum:
68
Total Counties:
66
Gold:
2,912
Silver:
5,976
Jobs Profiled:
30
Bronze:
1,358
Tennessee
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
102,201
Platinum:
52
Total Counties:
95
Gold:
23,817
Silver:
57,478
Jobs Profiled:
167
Bronze:
20,854
Texas
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
15,039
Platinum:
58
Total Counties:
254
Gold:
3,090
Silver:
8,992
Jobs Profiled:
153
Bronze:
2,899
Utah
38%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,977
Platinum:
21
Total Counties:
29
Gold:
922
Silver:
1,689
Jobs Profiled:
22
Bronze:
345
Vermont
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,390
Platinum:
11
Total Counties:
14
Gold:
574
Silver:
1,333
Jobs Profiled:
36
Bronze:
472
Virginia
6%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
10,127
Platinum:
28
Total Counties:
134
Gold:
1,587
Silver:
5,696
Jobs Profiled:
187
Bronze:
2,816
Washington
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
3,424
Platinum:
34
Total Counties:
39
Gold:
1,075
Silver:
1,886
Jobs Profiled:
38
Bronze:
429
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
62,790
Platinum:
118
Total Counties:
55
Gold:
10,831
Silver:
39,509
Jobs Profiled:
99
Bronze:
12,332
Wisconsin
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
11,839
Platinum:
131
Total Counties:
72
Gold:
3,631
Silver:
6,269
Jobs Profiled:
24
Bronze:
1,808
Wyoming
4%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
7,262
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
23
Gold:
1,715
Silver:
4,223
Jobs Profiled:
4
Bronze:
1,320
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,790,486
Platinum:
14,656
Total Counties:
3,141
Gold:
582,212
Employers Supporting:
7,806
Silver:
1,545,940
Jobs Profiled:
20,281
Bronze:
647,678
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 February 28, 2015 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through February 28, 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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