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
527
Platinum:
2
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
143
Silver:
303
Jobs Profiled:
210
Bronze:
79
Alaska
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
37,665
Platinum:
143
Total Counties:
31
Gold:
7,532
Silver:
21,037
Jobs Profiled:
43
Bronze:
8,953
Arizona
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
4,845
Platinum:
18
Total Counties:
15
Gold:
972
Silver:
2,956
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
899
Arkansas
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
58,089
Platinum:
308
Total Counties:
75
Gold:
13,505
Silver:
34,252
Jobs Profiled:
103
Bronze:
10,024
California
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
7,827
Platinum:
63
Total Counties:
58
Gold:
1,479
Silver:
4,396
Jobs Profiled:
56
Bronze:
1,889
Colorado
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
513
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
64
Gold:
106
Silver:
354
Jobs Profiled:
16
Bronze:
49
Connecticut
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,120
Platinum:
1
Total Counties:
8
Gold:
308
Silver:
1,274
Jobs Profiled:
9
Bronze:
537
Delaware
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
174
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
3
Gold:
46
Silver:
100
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
28
Florida
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
113,782
Platinum:
218
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
21,036
Silver:
64,170
Jobs Profiled:
496
Bronze:
28,358
Georgia
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
327,502
Platinum:
1,970
Total Counties:
159
Gold:
60,076
Silver:
179,944
Jobs Profiled:
858
Bronze:
85,512
Hawaii
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
369
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
5
Gold:
36
Silver:
178
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
155
Idaho
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
82
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
44
Gold:
23
Silver:
43
Jobs Profiled:
14
Bronze:
16
Illinois
1%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
127,412
Platinum:
1,644
Total Counties:
102
Gold:
30,881
Silver:
64,993
Jobs Profiled:
61
Bronze:
29,894
Indiana
4%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
105,008
Platinum:
514
Total Counties:
92
Gold:
22,191
Silver:
62,122
Jobs Profiled:
796
Bronze:
20,181
Iowa
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
58,414
Platinum:
352
Total Counties:
99
Gold:
13,688
Silver:
32,821
Jobs Profiled:
84
Bronze:
11,553
Kansas
2%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,394
Platinum:
6
Total Counties:
105
Gold:
370
Silver:
810
Jobs Profiled:
64
Bronze:
208
Kentucky
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
94,893
Platinum:
409
Total Counties:
120
Gold:
17,829
Silver:
58,172
Jobs Profiled:
125
Bronze:
18,483
Louisiana
3%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
44,230
Platinum:
164
Total Counties:
64
Gold:
6,134
Silver:
24,193
Jobs Profiled:
32
Bronze:
13,739
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
331
Platinum:
2
Total Counties:
24
Gold:
67
Silver:
185
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
77
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
496,582
Platinum:
3,317
Total Counties:
83
Gold:
123,374
Silver:
252,381
Jobs Profiled:
106
Bronze:
117,510
Minnesota
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
20,094
Platinum:
157
Total Counties:
87
Gold:
5,607
Silver:
10,932
Jobs Profiled:
14
Bronze:
3,398
Mississippi
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
401
Platinum:
2
Total Counties:
82
Gold:
72
Silver:
240
Jobs Profiled:
10
Bronze:
87
Missouri
46%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
53,852
Platinum:
209
Total Counties:
115
Gold:
11,999
Silver:
31,035
Jobs Profiled:
291
Bronze:
10,609
Montana
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,355
Platinum:
8
Total Counties:
56
Gold:
269
Silver:
789
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
289
Nebraska
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
827
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
93
Gold:
171
Silver:
457
Jobs Profiled:
30
Bronze:
195
Nevada
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,906
Platinum:
16
Total Counties:
17
Gold:
813
Silver:
1,606
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
471
New Hampshire
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
4,307
Platinum:
13
Total Counties:
10
Gold:
744
Silver:
2,527
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
1,023
New Jersey
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
398
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
21
Gold:
56
Silver:
203
Jobs Profiled:
2
Bronze:
139
New Mexico
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
20,923
Platinum:
42
Total Counties:
33
Gold:
3,562
Silver:
11,549
Jobs Profiled:
62
Bronze:
5,770
New York
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,399
Platinum:
6
Total Counties:
62
Gold:
220
Silver:
846
Jobs Profiled:
21
Bronze:
327
North Carolina
7%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
251,403
Platinum:
662
Total Counties:
100
Gold:
44,912
Silver:
147,121
Jobs Profiled:
788
Bronze:
58,708
North Dakota
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
467
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
53
Gold:
88
Silver:
270
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
109
Ohio
2%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
119,057
Platinum:
425
Total Counties:
88
Gold:
26,116
Silver:
73,544
Jobs Profiled:
284
Bronze:
18,972
Oklahoma
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
96,196
Platinum:
400
Total Counties:
77
Gold:
18,560
Silver:
56,106
Jobs Profiled:
209
Bronze:
21,130
Oregon
100%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
39,247
Platinum:
464
Total Counties:
36
Gold:
13,168
Silver:
21,009
Jobs Profiled:
68
Bronze:
4,606
Pennsylvania
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
22,671
Platinum:
119
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
6,053
Silver:
13,292
Jobs Profiled:
133
Bronze:
3,207
Rhode Island
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
500
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
5
Gold:
48
Silver:
278
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
174
South Carolina
100%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
236,359
Platinum:
318
Total Counties:
46
Gold:
31,487
Silver:
131,436
Jobs Profiled:
1,038
Bronze:
73,118
South Dakota
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
9,709
Platinum:
66
Total Counties:
66
Gold:
2,800
Silver:
5,590
Jobs Profiled:
30
Bronze:
1,253
Tennessee
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
101,848
Platinum:
52
Total Counties:
95
Gold:
23,728
Silver:
57,282
Jobs Profiled:
167
Bronze:
20,786
Texas
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
14,840
Platinum:
55
Total Counties:
254
Gold:
3,039
Silver:
8,886
Jobs Profiled:
152
Bronze:
2,860
Utah
38%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,915
Platinum:
21
Total Counties:
29
Gold:
905
Silver:
1,660
Jobs Profiled:
22
Bronze:
329
Vermont
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,383
Platinum:
11
Total Counties:
14
Gold:
573
Silver:
1,327
Jobs Profiled:
36
Bronze:
472
Virginia
6%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
10,056
Platinum:
27
Total Counties:
134
Gold:
1,572
Silver:
5,657
Jobs Profiled:
183
Bronze:
2,800
Washington
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
3,330
Platinum:
32
Total Counties:
39
Gold:
1,037
Silver:
1,843
Jobs Profiled:
36
Bronze:
418
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
62,655
Platinum:
117
Total Counties:
55
Gold:
10,808
Silver:
39,421
Jobs Profiled:
96
Bronze:
12,309
Wisconsin
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
11,689
Platinum:
131
Total Counties:
72
Gold:
3,590
Silver:
6,182
Jobs Profiled:
24
Bronze:
1,786
Wyoming
4%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
7,239
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
23
Gold:
1,709
Silver:
4,210
Jobs Profiled:
4
Bronze:
1,316
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,758,628
Platinum:
14,567
Total Counties:
3,141
Gold:
575,849
Employers Supporting:
7,532
Silver:
1,527,177
Jobs Profiled:
20,237
Bronze:
641,035
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 January 31, 2015 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through January 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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