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Affording Communities a Competitive Advantage
 
States with State or County Led ACT Work Ready Communities
Alabama
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 41,153
 
Certified Counties0/67
Participating Counties1/67
Jobs Profiled214
Platinum271
Gold7,684
Silver21,079
Bronze12,119
Alaska
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 41,579
 
Certified Counties0/31
Participating Counties0/31
Jobs Profiled43
Platinum149
Gold8,010
Silver23,226
Bronze10,194
Arizona
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,763
 
Certified Counties0/15
Participating Counties0/15
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum23
Gold1,156
Silver3,484
Bronze1,100
Arkansas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 62,762
 
Certified Counties0/75
Participating Counties5/75
Jobs Profiled110
Platinum316
Gold14,452
Silver37,237
Bronze10,757
California
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 9,162
 
Certified Counties0/58
Participating Counties1/58
Jobs Profiled56
Platinum68
Gold1,688
Silver5,140
Bronze2,266
Colorado
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,217
 
Certified Counties0/64
Participating Counties0/64
Jobs Profiled16
Platinum5
Gold155
Silver796
Bronze261
Connecticut
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,386
 
Certified Counties0/8
Participating Counties0/8
Jobs Profiled9
Platinum2
Gold328
Silver1,432
Bronze624
Delaware
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 234
 
Certified Counties0/3
Participating Counties0/3
Jobs Profiled1
Platinum0
Gold60
Silver141
Bronze33
Florida
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 114,044
 
Certified Counties0/67
Participating Counties0/67
Jobs Profiled497
Platinum218
Gold21,083
Silver64,271
Bronze28,472
Georgia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 332,210
 
Certified Counties0/159
Participating Counties0/159
Jobs Profiled927
Platinum1,981
Gold61,082
Silver182,807
Bronze86,340
Hawaii
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 412
 
Certified Counties0/5
Participating Counties0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum0
Gold37
Silver203
Bronze172
Idaho
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 99
 
Certified Counties0/44
Participating Counties0/44
Jobs Profiled14
Platinum0
Gold27
Silver51
Bronze21
Illinois
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 149,733
 
Certified Counties0/102
Participating Counties2/102
Jobs Profiled69
Platinum1,745
Gold36,100
Silver77,396
Bronze34,492
Indiana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 114,670
 
Certified Counties3/92
Participating Counties6/92
Jobs Profiled844
Platinum544
Gold24,227
Silver68,122
Bronze21,777
Iowa
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 75,824
 
Certified Counties0/99
Participating Counties0/99
Jobs Profiled84
Platinum424
Gold17,364
Silver42,812
Bronze15,224
Kansas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,934
 
Certified Counties1/105
Participating Counties3/105
Jobs Profiled71
Platinum12
Gold688
Silver1,723
Bronze511
Kentucky
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 113,408
 
Certified Counties0/120
Participating Counties0/120
Jobs Profiled137
Platinum435
Gold20,534
Silver70,815
Bronze21,624
Louisiana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 50,801
 
Certified Counties2/64
Participating Counties11/64
Jobs Profiled33
Platinum174
Gold6,982
Silver27,873
Bronze15,772
Maine
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 81
 
Certified Counties0/16
Participating Counties0/16
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum0
Gold26
Silver46
Bronze9
Maryland
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 430
 
Certified Counties0/24
Participating Counties0/24
Jobs Profiled1
Platinum2
Gold85
Silver244
Bronze99
Massachusetts
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 531
 
Certified Counties0/14
Participating Counties0/14
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum1
Gold91
Silver295
Bronze144
Michigan
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 506,677
 
Certified Counties0/83
Participating Counties11/83
Jobs Profiled109
Platinum3,346
Gold124,914
Silver257,950
Bronze120,467
Minnesota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 22,474
 
Certified Counties0/87
Participating Counties0/87
Jobs Profiled15
Platinum169
Gold6,250
Silver12,259
Bronze3,796
Mississippi
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 803
 
Certified Counties0/82
Participating Counties7/82
Jobs Profiled13
Platinum5
Gold148
Silver486
Bronze164
Missouri
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 66,993
 
Certified Counties25/115
Participating Counties75/115
Jobs Profiled321
Platinum244
Gold14,659
Silver38,826
Bronze13,264
Montana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,572
 
Certified Counties0/56
Participating Counties0/56
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum11
Gold328
Silver894
Bronze339
Nebraska
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 881
 
Certified Counties0/93
Participating Counties0/93
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum4
Gold183
Silver490
Bronze204
Nevada
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,981
 
Certified Counties0/17
Participating Counties0/17
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum20
Gold1,122
Silver2,152
Bronze687
New Hampshire
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,071
 
Certified Counties0/10
Participating Counties0/10
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum16
Gold937
Silver2,977
Bronze1,141
New Jersey
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 592
 
Certified Counties0/21
Participating Counties0/21
Jobs Profiled3
Platinum0
Gold69
Silver305
Bronze218
New Mexico
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 24,709
 
Certified Counties0/33
Participating Counties1/33
Jobs Profiled62
Platinum59
Gold4,114
Silver13,719
Bronze6,817
New York
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,474
 
Certified Counties0/62
Participating Counties0/62
Jobs Profiled21
Platinum8
Gold248
Silver886
Bronze332
North Carolina
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 287,881
 
Certified Counties10/100
Participating Counties30/100
Jobs Profiled862
Platinum798
Gold52,054
Silver168,508
Bronze66,521
North Dakota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 568
 
Certified Counties0/53
Participating Counties1/53
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum0
Gold112
Silver322
Bronze134
Ohio
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 129,157
 
Certified Counties0/88
Participating Counties2/88
Jobs Profiled301
Platinum452
Gold28,167
Silver79,949
Bronze20,589
Oklahoma
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 109,987
 
Certified Counties0/77
Participating Counties1/77
Jobs Profiled211
Platinum435
Gold20,970
Silver64,696
Bronze23,886
Oregon
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 50,166
 
Certified Counties9/36
Participating Counties36/36
Jobs Profiled77
Platinum537
Gold15,844
Silver26,981
Bronze6,804
Pennsylvania
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 25,081
 
Certified Counties0/67
Participating Counties0/67
Jobs Profiled151
Platinum125
Gold6,611
Silver14,724
Bronze3,621
Rhode Island
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 772
 
Certified Counties0/5
Participating Counties0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum1
Gold86
Silver416
Bronze269
South Carolina
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 300,932
 
Certified Counties41/46
Participating Counties46/46
Jobs Profiled1,181
Platinum737
Gold45,507
Silver163,811
Bronze90,877
South Dakota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 12,884
 
Certified Counties0/66
Participating Counties0/66
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum76
Gold3,516
Silver7,535
Bronze1,757
Tennessee
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 107,035
 
Certified Counties5/95
Participating Counties12/95
Jobs Profiled189
Platinum60
Gold24,838
Silver60,387
Bronze21,750
Texas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 17,693
 
Certified Counties1/254
Participating Counties2/254
Jobs Profiled165
Platinum66
Gold3,688
Silver10,650
Bronze3,289
Utah
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,375
 
Certified Counties0/29
Participating Counties6/29
Jobs Profiled23
Platinum23
Gold1,035
Silver1,907
Bronze410
Vermont
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,579
 
Certified Counties0/14
Participating Counties0/14
Jobs Profiled36
Platinum12
Gold613
Silver1,443
Bronze511
Virginia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 11,492
 
Certified Counties1/134
Participating Counties8/134
Jobs Profiled206
Platinum35
Gold1,830
Silver6,465
Bronze3,162
Washington
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,065
 
Certified Counties0/39
Participating Counties1/39
Jobs Profiled45
Platinum42
Gold1,270
Silver2,247
Bronze506
Washington DC
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 54
 
Certified Counties0/1
Participating Counties0/1
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum2
Gold5
Silver27
Bronze20
West Virginia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 64,117
 
Certified Counties0/55
Participating Counties0/55
Jobs Profiled104
Platinum119
Gold11,083
Silver40,339
Bronze12,576
Wisconsin
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 68,197
 
Certified Counties0/72
Participating Counties0/72
Jobs Profiled24
Platinum644
Gold20,773
Silver35,843
Bronze10,937
Wyoming
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 7,928
 
Certified Counties0/23
Participating Counties1/23
Jobs Profiled5
Platinum6
Gold1,867
Silver4,613
Bronze1,442
 
NCRC Earned Rankings by Percentile
  • Top
  • 10%
  • 20%
  • 30%
  • 40%
  • 50%
Alabama
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 41,153
National Ranking 41
Alaska
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 41,579
National Ranking 3
Arizona
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,763
National Ranking 26
Arkansas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 62,762
National Ranking 39
California
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 9,162
National Ranking 37
Colorado
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,217
National Ranking 40
Connecticut
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,386
National Ranking 31
Delaware
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 234
National Ranking 45
Florida
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 114,044
National Ranking 21
Georgia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 332,210
National Ranking 4
Hawaii
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 412
National Ranking 38
Idaho
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 99
National Ranking 46
Illinois
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 149,733
National Ranking 20
Indiana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 114,670
National Ranking 10
Iowa
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 75,824
National Ranking 12
Kansas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,934
National Ranking 33
Kentucky
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 113,408
National Ranking 8
Louisiana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 50,801
National Ranking 15
Maine
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 81
National Ranking 50
Maryland
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 430
National Ranking 49
Massachusetts
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 531
National Ranking 47
Michigan
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 506,677
National Ranking 1
Minnesota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 22,474
National Ranking 22
Mississippi
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 803
National Ranking 43
Missouri
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 66,993
National Ranking 19
Montana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,572
National Ranking 27
Nebraska
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 881
National Ranking 32
Nevada
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,981
National Ranking 29
New Hampshire
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,071
National Ranking 23
New Jersey
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 592
National Ranking 48
New Mexico
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 24,709
National Ranking 17
New York
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,474
National Ranking 44
North Carolina
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 287,881
National Ranking 7
North Dakota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 568
National Ranking 30
Ohio
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 129,157
National Ranking 14
Oklahoma
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 109,987
National Ranking 6
Oregon
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 50,166
National Ranking 18
Pennsylvania
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 25,081
National Ranking 25
Rhode Island
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 772
National Ranking 42
South Carolina
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 300,932
National Ranking 2
South Dakota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 12,884
National Ranking 16
Tennessee
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 107,035
National Ranking 9
Texas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 17,693
National Ranking 34
Utah
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,375
National Ranking 28
Vermont
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,579
National Ranking 11
Virginia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 11,492
National Ranking 36
Washington
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,065
National Ranking 35
Washington DC
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 54
National Ranking 0
West Virginia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 64,117
National Ranking 5
Wisconsin
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 68,197
National Ranking 24
Wyoming
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 7,928
National Ranking 13

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 National Career Readiness Certificate Total

3,141,450

NCRC Levels:
  • Platinum:16,509
  • Gold:657,846
  • Silver:1,740,846
  • Bronze:726,249
Total Certified Counties: 98
Employers Supporting: 12,491
Jobs Profiled: 20,774

Work Ready Communities Academy

ACT offers 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.

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For States and Counties

Both states and counties may engage in the ACT Work Ready Communities program. Any municipality may be accepted into the Academy to build and launch their Work Ready Communities initiative.

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Employers

Employers can be the fuel to drive successful state and county 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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Economic Development

By achieving certified ACT's Work Ready Communities status, counties are demonstrating they have a robust workforce development effort aligned to their economic development needs resulting in:

Business and Industry

know exactly what foundational skills they need for a productive workforce - and to easily communicate their needs

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Individuals

understand what skills are required by employers - and how to prepare themselves for success

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Policy makers

consistently measure the skills gap in a timely manner at the national, state and local levels

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Educators

close the skills gap, via tools integrated into career pathways with stackable industry-recognized credentials

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Economic Developers

developers use an on-demand reporting tool to market the quality of their workforce

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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 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 December 31, 2015 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through December 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.


Please contact us if you have comments, questions or would like to receive more information.