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
506
Platinum:
2
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
135
Silver:
295
Jobs Profiled:
209
Bronze:
74
Alaska
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
37,525
Platinum:
143
Total Counties:
31
Gold:
7,485
Silver:
20,964
Jobs Profiled:
42
Bronze:
8,933
Arizona
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
4,628
Platinum:
18
Total Counties:
15
Gold:
917
Silver:
2,833
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
860
Arkansas
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
959
Platinum:
7
Total Counties:
75
Gold:
218
Silver:
566
Jobs Profiled:
103
Bronze:
168
California
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
7,489
Platinum:
63
Total Counties:
58
Gold:
1,423
Silver:
4,215
Jobs Profiled:
53
Bronze:
1,788
Colorado
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
487
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
64
Gold:
105
Silver:
331
Jobs Profiled:
16
Bronze:
47
Connecticut
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,052
Platinum:
1
Total Counties:
8
Gold:
304
Silver:
1,226
Jobs Profiled:
9
Bronze:
521
Delaware
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
172
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
3
Gold:
45
Silver:
99
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
28
Florida
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
113,756
Platinum:
218
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
21,030
Silver:
64,157
Jobs Profiled:
496
Bronze:
28,351
Georgia
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
326,582
Platinum:
1,967
Total Counties:
159
Gold:
59,870
Silver:
179,386
Jobs Profiled:
857
Bronze:
85,359
Hawaii
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
334
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
5
Gold:
31
Silver:
155
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
148
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
127,119
Platinum:
1,641
Total Counties:
102
Gold:
30,805
Silver:
64,821
Jobs Profiled:
59
Bronze:
29,852
Indiana
4%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
103,918
Platinum:
512
Total Counties:
92
Gold:
21,928
Silver:
61,429
Jobs Profiled:
782
Bronze:
20,049
Iowa
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
55,652
Platinum:
334
Total Counties:
99
Gold:
13,084
Silver:
31,209
Jobs Profiled:
84
Bronze:
11,025
Kansas
2%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,360
Platinum:
6
Total Counties:
105
Gold:
361
Silver:
786
Jobs Profiled:
64
Bronze:
207
Kentucky
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
91,685
Platinum:
405
Total Counties:
120
Gold:
17,276
Silver:
56,017
Jobs Profiled:
124
Bronze:
17,987
Louisiana
3%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
43,639
Platinum:
161
Total Counties:
64
Gold:
6,059
Silver:
23,809
Jobs Profiled:
26
Bronze:
13,610
Maine
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
43
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
16
Gold:
18
Silver:
19
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
6
Maryland
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
277
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
24
Gold:
54
Silver:
158
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
65
Massachusetts
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
424
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
14
Gold:
68
Silver:
246
Jobs Profiled:
7
Bronze:
110
Michigan
13%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
495,352
Platinum:
3,316
Total Counties:
83
Gold:
123,148
Silver:
251,670
Jobs Profiled:
104
Bronze:
117,218
Minnesota
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
19,564
Platinum:
154
Total Counties:
87
Gold:
5,462
Silver:
10,622
Jobs Profiled:
13
Bronze:
3,326
Mississippi
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
327
Platinum:
1
Total Counties:
82
Gold:
61
Silver:
188
Jobs Profiled:
10
Bronze:
77
Missouri
38%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
51,458
Platinum:
199
Total Counties:
115
Gold:
11,459
Silver:
29,608
Jobs Profiled:
281
Bronze:
10,192
Montana
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,307
Platinum:
8
Total Counties:
56
Gold:
264
Silver:
756
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
279
Nebraska
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
818
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
93
Gold:
169
Silver:
452
Jobs Profiled:
26
Bronze:
193
Nevada
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,774
Platinum:
16
Total Counties:
17
Gold:
794
Silver:
1,524
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
440
New Hampshire
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
4,206
Platinum:
13
Total Counties:
10
Gold:
720
Silver:
2,464
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
1,009
New Jersey
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
392
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
21
Gold:
54
Silver:
200
Jobs Profiled:
2
Bronze:
138
New Mexico
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
20,439
Platinum:
40
Total Counties:
33
Gold:
3,497
Silver:
11,256
Jobs Profiled:
57
Bronze:
5,646
New York
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,350
Platinum:
6
Total Counties:
62
Gold:
210
Silver:
816
Jobs Profiled:
21
Bronze:
318
North Carolina
7%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
228,692
Platinum:
604
Total Counties:
100
Gold:
40,585
Silver:
133,541
Jobs Profiled:
778
Bronze:
53,962
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
117,842
Platinum:
421
Total Counties:
88
Gold:
25,829
Silver:
72,779
Jobs Profiled:
282
Bronze:
18,813
Oklahoma
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
93,292
Platinum:
389
Total Counties:
77
Gold:
17,987
Silver:
54,276
Jobs Profiled:
209
Bronze:
20,640
Oregon
100%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
37,170
Platinum:
443
Total Counties:
36
Gold:
12,608
Silver:
19,897
Jobs Profiled:
68
Bronze:
4,222
Pennsylvania
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
22,264
Platinum:
118
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
5,958
Silver:
13,038
Jobs Profiled:
133
Bronze:
3,150
Rhode Island
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
429
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
5
Gold:
43
Silver:
237
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
149
South Carolina
100%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
232,726
Platinum:
300
Total Counties:
46
Gold:
30,863
Silver:
129,361
Jobs Profiled:
1,030
Bronze:
72,202
South Dakota
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
9,136
Platinum:
66
Total Counties:
66
Gold:
2,654
Silver:
5,246
Jobs Profiled:
30
Bronze:
1,170
Tennessee
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
101,139
Platinum:
51
Total Counties:
95
Gold:
23,557
Silver:
56,872
Jobs Profiled:
166
Bronze:
20,659
Texas
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
13,755
Platinum:
45
Total Counties:
254
Gold:
2,749
Silver:
8,240
Jobs Profiled:
152
Bronze:
2,721
Utah
34%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,785
Platinum:
20
Total Counties:
29
Gold:
860
Silver:
1,586
Jobs Profiled:
22
Bronze:
319
Vermont
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,344
Platinum:
11
Total Counties:
14
Gold:
564
Silver:
1,307
Jobs Profiled:
36
Bronze:
462
Virginia
6%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
9,899
Platinum:
27
Total Counties:
134
Gold:
1,532
Silver:
5,571
Jobs Profiled:
181
Bronze:
2,769
Washington
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
3,143
Platinum:
30
Total Counties:
39
Gold:
978
Silver:
1,738
Jobs Profiled:
36
Bronze:
397
Washington DC
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
49
Platinum:
2
Total Counties:
1
Gold:
5
Silver:
23
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
19
West Virginia
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
62,321
Platinum:
116
Total Counties:
55
Gold:
10,736
Silver:
39,204
Jobs Profiled:
96
Bronze:
12,265
Wisconsin
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
11,385
Platinum:
130
Total Counties:
72
Gold:
3,497
Silver:
6,021
Jobs Profiled:
24
Bronze:
1,737
Wyoming
4%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
7,166
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
23
Gold:
1,690
Silver:
4,166
Jobs Profiled:
4
Bronze:
1,306
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,649,659
Platinum:
14,084
Total Counties:
3,141
Gold:
552,072
Employers Supporting:
7,027
Silver:
1,462,389
Jobs Profiled:
20,163
Bronze:
621,114
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 November 30, 2014 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through November 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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