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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 82,702
 
Certified Counties0/67
Participating Counties10/67
Jobs Profiled221
Platinum333
Gold14,820
Silver44,345
Bronze23,204
Alaska
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 41,959
 
Certified Counties0/31
Participating Counties0/31
Jobs Profiled44
Platinum152
Gold8,111
Silver23,443
Bronze10,253
Arizona
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 6,124
 
Certified Counties0/15
Participating Counties0/15
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum24
Gold1,252
Silver3,701
Bronze1,147
Arkansas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 64,736
 
Certified Counties0/75
Participating Counties5/75
Jobs Profiled110
Platinum321
Gold14,872
Silver38,466
Bronze11,077
California
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 10,077
 
Certified Counties0/58
Participating Counties1/58
Jobs Profiled58
Platinum70
Gold1,831
Silver5,663
Bronze2,513
Colorado
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,904
 
Certified Counties0/64
Participating Counties0/64
Jobs Profiled16
Platinum5
Gold201
Silver1,235
Bronze463
Connecticut
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,426
 
Certified Counties0/8
Participating Counties0/8
Jobs Profiled9
Platinum2
Gold329
Silver1,453
Bronze642
Delaware
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 264
 
Certified Counties0/3
Participating Counties0/3
Jobs Profiled1
Platinum0
Gold68
Silver158
Bronze38
Florida
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 114,182
 
Certified Counties0/67
Participating Counties0/67
Jobs Profiled497
Platinum219
Gold21,102
Silver64,333
Bronze28,528
Georgia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 333,886
 
Certified Counties0/159
Participating Counties0/159
Jobs Profiled952
Platinum1,984
Gold61,435
Silver183,777
Bronze86,690
Hawaii
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 425
 
Certified Counties0/5
Participating Counties0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum0
Gold38
Silver211
Bronze176
Idaho
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 105
 
Certified Counties0/44
Participating Counties0/44
Jobs Profiled14
Platinum0
Gold28
Silver55
Bronze22
Illinois
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 150,616
 
Certified Counties0/102
Participating Counties3/102
Jobs Profiled72
Platinum1,748
Gold36,309
Silver77,931
Bronze34,628
Indiana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 119,377
 
Certified Counties3/92
Participating Counties6/92
Jobs Profiled866
Platinum560
Gold25,286
Silver71,011
Bronze22,520
Iowa
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 83,544
 
Certified Counties0/99
Participating Counties0/99
Jobs Profiled84
Platinum447
Gold18,969
Silver47,388
Bronze16,740
Kansas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 21,303
 
Certified Counties1/105
Participating Counties4/105
Jobs Profiled71
Platinum138
Gold5,546
Silver12,217
Bronze3,402
Kentucky
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 127,688
 
Certified Counties0/120
Participating Counties0/120
Jobs Profiled138
Platinum458
Gold22,253
Silver81,239
Bronze23,738
Louisiana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 65,054
 
Certified Counties7/64
Participating Counties11/64
Jobs Profiled33
Platinum191
Gold8,495
Silver36,727
Bronze19,641
Maine
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 105
 
Certified Counties0/16
Participating Counties0/16
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum1
Gold33
Silver61
Bronze10
Maryland
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 493
 
Certified Counties0/24
Participating Counties0/24
Jobs Profiled1
Platinum4
Gold95
Silver287
Bronze107
Massachusetts
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 579
 
Certified Counties0/14
Participating Counties0/14
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum1
Gold95
Silver323
Bronze160
Michigan
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 512,594
 
Certified Counties0/83
Participating Counties13/83
Jobs Profiled109
Platinum3,356
Gold125,708
Silver261,283
Bronze122,247
Minnesota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 23,510
 
Certified Counties0/87
Participating Counties0/87
Jobs Profiled15
Platinum174
Gold6,521
Silver12,869
Bronze3,946
Mississippi
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 60,108
 
Certified Counties0/82
Participating Counties7/82
Jobs Profiled13
Platinum131
Gold8,448
Silver35,468
Bronze16,061
Missouri
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 76,612
 
Certified Counties34/115
Participating Counties78/115
Jobs Profiled325
Platinum274
Gold16,381
Silver44,657
Bronze15,300
Montana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,681
 
Certified Counties0/56
Participating Counties0/56
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum11
Gold363
Silver955
Bronze352
Nebraska
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 953
 
Certified Counties0/93
Participating Counties0/93
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum6
Gold212
Silver522
Bronze213
Nevada
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,497
 
Certified Counties0/17
Participating Counties0/17
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum20
Gold1,216
Silver2,426
Bronze835
New Hampshire
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,316
 
Certified Counties0/10
Participating Counties0/10
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum16
Gold994
Silver3,143
Bronze1,163
New Jersey
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 694
 
Certified Counties0/21
Participating Counties0/21
Jobs Profiled4
Platinum0
Gold85
Silver348
Bronze261
New Mexico
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 26,410
 
Certified Counties1/33
Participating Counties2/33
Jobs Profiled64
Platinum61
Gold4,370
Silver14,678
Bronze7,301
New York
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,490
 
Certified Counties0/62
Participating Counties0/62
Jobs Profiled21
Platinum8
Gold252
Silver893
Bronze337
North Carolina
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 332,673
 
Certified Counties13/100
Participating Counties37/100
Jobs Profiled891
Platinum912
Gold60,435
Silver195,633
Bronze75,693
North Dakota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 652
 
Certified Counties0/53
Participating Counties1/53
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum0
Gold120
Silver359
Bronze173
Ohio
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 134,821
 
Certified Counties0/88
Participating Counties3/88
Jobs Profiled302
Platinum461
Gold29,226
Silver83,556
Bronze21,578
Oklahoma
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 117,153
 
Certified Counties1/77
Participating Counties1/77
Jobs Profiled213
Platinum447
Gold22,289
Silver69,106
Bronze25,311
Oregon
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 54,475
 
Certified Counties10/36
Participating Counties36/36
Jobs Profiled81
Platinum565
Gold16,804
Silver29,519
Bronze7,587
Pennsylvania
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 26,505
 
Certified Counties0/67
Participating Counties0/67
Jobs Profiled156
Platinum128
Gold6,929
Silver15,599
Bronze3,849
Rhode Island
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 993
 
Certified Counties0/5
Participating Counties0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum1
Gold109
Silver537
Bronze346
South Carolina
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 353,198
 
Certified Counties44/46
Participating Counties46/46
Jobs Profiled1,246
Platinum854
Gold55,472
Silver193,078
Bronze103,794
South Dakota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 15,212
 
Certified Counties0/66
Participating Counties0/66
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum84
Gold4,131
Silver8,929
Bronze2,068
Tennessee
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 110,846
 
Certified Counties7/95
Participating Counties14/95
Jobs Profiled195
Platinum70
Gold25,554
Silver62,705
Bronze22,517
Texas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 18,944
 
Certified Counties1/254
Participating Counties2/254
Jobs Profiled168
Platinum74
Gold3,999
Silver11,481
Bronze3,390
Utah
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,632
 
Certified Counties0/29
Participating Counties6/29
Jobs Profiled23
Platinum24
Gold1,110
Silver2,058
Bronze440
Vermont
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,640
 
Certified Counties0/14
Participating Counties0/14
Jobs Profiled36
Platinum12
Gold627
Silver1,482
Bronze519
Virginia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 12,197
 
Certified Counties3/134
Participating Counties8/134
Jobs Profiled211
Platinum40
Gold1,960
Silver6,856
Bronze3,341
Washington
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,406
 
Certified Counties0/39
Participating Counties1/39
Jobs Profiled46
Platinum48
Gold1,389
Silver2,424
Bronze545
Washington DC
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 58
 
Certified Counties0/1
Participating Counties0/1
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum2
Gold5
Silver29
Bronze22
West Virginia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 64,446
 
Certified Counties0/55
Participating Counties0/55
Jobs Profiled104
Platinum119
Gold11,148
Silver40,543
Bronze12,636
Wisconsin
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 124,430
 
Certified Counties0/72
Participating Counties0/72
Jobs Profiled28
Platinum949
Gold37,885
Silver65,932
Bronze19,664
Wyoming
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,594
 
Certified Counties0/23
Participating Counties1/23
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum7
Gold2,028
Silver5,009
Bronze1,550
 
NCRC Earned Rankings by Percentile
  • Top
  • 10%
  • 20%
  • 30%
  • 40%
  • 50%
Alabama
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 82,702
National Ranking 22
Alaska
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 41,959
National Ranking 2
Arizona
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 6,124
National Ranking 33
Arkansas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 64,736
National Ranking 10
California
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 10,077
National Ranking 43
Colorado
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,904
National Ranking 44
Connecticut
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,426
National Ranking 37
Delaware
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 264
National Ranking 42
Florida
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 114,182
National Ranking 23
Georgia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 333,886
National Ranking 5
Hawaii
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 425
National Ranking 40
Idaho
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 105
National Ranking 49
Illinois
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 150,616
National Ranking 18
Indiana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 119,377
National Ranking 11
Iowa
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 83,544
National Ranking 9
Kansas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 21,303
National Ranking 32
Kentucky
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 127,688
National Ranking 8
Louisiana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 65,054
National Ranking 21
Maine
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 105
National Ranking 50
Maryland
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 493
National Ranking 47
Massachusetts
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 579
National Ranking 45
Michigan
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 512,594
National Ranking 3
Minnesota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 23,510
National Ranking 24
Mississippi
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 60,108
National Ranking 41
Missouri
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 76,612
National Ranking 20
Montana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,681
National Ranking 28
Nebraska
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 953
National Ranking 39
Nevada
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,497
National Ranking 29
New Hampshire
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,316
National Ranking 26
New Jersey
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 694
National Ranking 48
New Mexico
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 26,410
National Ranking 16
New York
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,490
National Ranking 46
North Carolina
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 332,673
National Ranking 7
North Dakota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 652
National Ranking 34
Ohio
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 134,821
National Ranking 19
Oklahoma
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 117,153
National Ranking 6
Oregon
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 54,475
National Ranking 15
Pennsylvania
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 26,505
National Ranking 27
Rhode Island
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 993
National Ranking 35
South Carolina
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 353,198
National Ranking 1
South Dakota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 15,212
National Ranking 13
Tennessee
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 110,846
National Ranking 12
Texas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 18,944
National Ranking 36
Utah
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,632
National Ranking 31
Vermont
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,640
National Ranking 25
Virginia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 12,197
National Ranking 30
Washington
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,406
National Ranking 38
Washington DC
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 58
National Ranking 0
West Virginia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 64,446
National Ranking 4
Wisconsin
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 124,430
National Ranking 17
Wyoming
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,594
National Ranking 14

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

3,513,392

NCRC Levels:
  • Platinum:17,602
  • Gold:730,609
  • Silver:1,957,725
  • Bronze:807,456
Total Certified Counties: 125
Employers Supporting: 13,866
Jobs Profiled: 20,969

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 May 31, 2016 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through May 31, 2016 , 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.