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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 81,068
 
Certified Counties0/67
Participating Counties10/67
Jobs Profiled217
Platinum329
Gold14,532
Silver43,299
Bronze22,908
Alaska
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 41,903
 
Certified Counties0/31
Participating Counties0/31
Jobs Profiled43
Platinum152
Gold8,101
Silver23,405
Bronze10,245
Arizona
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 6,044
 
Certified Counties0/15
Participating Counties0/15
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum24
Gold1,227
Silver3,653
Bronze1,140
Arkansas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 64,295
 
Certified Counties0/75
Participating Counties5/75
Jobs Profiled110
Platinum321
Gold14,778
Silver38,209
Bronze10,987
California
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 9,760
 
Certified Counties0/58
Participating Counties1/58
Jobs Profiled58
Platinum70
Gold1,791
Silver5,472
Bronze2,427
Colorado
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,610
 
Certified Counties0/64
Participating Counties0/64
Jobs Profiled16
Platinum5
Gold183
Silver1,041
Bronze381
Connecticut
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,417
 
Certified Counties0/8
Participating Counties0/8
Jobs Profiled9
Platinum2
Gold329
Silver1,451
Bronze635
Delaware
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 246
 
Certified Counties0/3
Participating Counties0/3
Jobs Profiled1
Platinum0
Gold64
Silver147
Bronze35
Florida
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 114,154
 
Certified Counties0/67
Participating Counties0/67
Jobs Profiled497
Platinum219
Gold21,099
Silver64,322
Bronze28,514
Georgia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 333,451
 
Certified Counties0/159
Participating Counties0/159
Jobs Profiled951
Platinum1,983
Gold61,356
Silver183,520
Bronze86,592
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 101
 
Certified Counties0/44
Participating Counties0/44
Jobs Profiled14
Platinum0
Gold28
Silver52
Bronze21
Illinois
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 150,426
 
Certified Counties0/102
Participating Counties3/102
Jobs Profiled71
Platinum1,748
Gold36,253
Silver77,821
Bronze34,604
Indiana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 118,450
 
Certified Counties3/92
Participating Counties6/92
Jobs Profiled866
Platinum559
Gold25,106
Silver70,450
Bronze22,335
Iowa
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 81,834
 
Certified Counties0/99
Participating Counties0/99
Jobs Profiled84
Platinum439
Gold18,571
Silver46,411
Bronze16,413
Kansas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 20,967
 
Certified Counties1/105
Participating Counties4/105
Jobs Profiled71
Platinum137
Gold5,487
Silver12,003
Bronze3,340
Kentucky
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 126,167
 
Certified Counties0/120
Participating Counties0/120
Jobs Profiled138
Platinum452
Gold22,046
Silver79,762
Bronze23,907
Louisiana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 54,371
 
Certified Counties4/64
Participating Counties11/64
Jobs Profiled33
Platinum187
Gold7,731
Silver30,186
Bronze16,267
Maine
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 100
 
Certified Counties0/16
Participating Counties0/16
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum0
Gold31
Silver59
Bronze10
Maryland
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 478
 
Certified Counties0/24
Participating Counties0/24
Jobs Profiled1
Platinum4
Gold93
Silver276
Bronze105
Massachusetts
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 565
 
Certified Counties0/14
Participating Counties0/14
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum1
Gold93
Silver314
Bronze157
Michigan
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 510,987
 
Certified Counties0/83
Participating Counties13/83
Jobs Profiled109
Platinum3,355
Gold125,507
Silver260,396
Bronze121,729
Minnesota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 23,386
 
Certified Counties0/87
Participating Counties0/87
Jobs Profiled15
Platinum172
Gold6,484
Silver12,802
Bronze3,928
Mississippi
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 59,241
 
Certified Counties0/82
Participating Counties7/82
Jobs Profiled13
Platinum130
Gold8,325
Silver34,960
Bronze15,826
Missouri
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 75,425
 
Certified Counties34/115
Participating Counties78/115
Jobs Profiled323
Platinum271
Gold16,104
Silver43,954
Bronze15,096
Montana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,665
 
Certified Counties0/56
Participating Counties0/56
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum11
Gold356
Silver948
Bronze350
Nebraska
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 936
 
Certified Counties0/93
Participating Counties0/93
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum6
Gold203
Silver516
Bronze211
Nevada
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,346
 
Certified Counties0/17
Participating Counties0/17
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum20
Gold1,179
Silver2,339
Bronze808
New Hampshire
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,251
 
Certified Counties0/10
Participating Counties0/10
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum16
Gold982
Silver3,097
Bronze1,156
New Jersey
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 671
 
Certified Counties0/21
Participating Counties0/21
Jobs Profiled4
Platinum0
Gold79
Silver336
Bronze256
New Mexico
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 26,001
 
Certified Counties1/33
Participating Counties2/33
Jobs Profiled64
Platinum60
Gold4,306
Silver14,418
Bronze7,217
New York
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,486
 
Certified Counties0/62
Participating Counties0/62
Jobs Profiled21
Platinum8
Gold251
Silver892
Bronze335
North Carolina
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 331,638
 
Certified Counties13/100
Participating Counties37/100
Jobs Profiled884
Platinum905
Gold60,218
Silver195,029
Bronze75,486
North Dakota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 575
 
Certified Counties0/53
Participating Counties1/53
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum0
Gold114
Silver326
Bronze135
Ohio
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 132,645
 
Certified Counties0/88
Participating Counties3/88
Jobs Profiled302
Platinum458
Gold28,856
Silver82,190
Bronze21,141
Oklahoma
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 115,414
 
Certified Counties0/77
Participating Counties1/77
Jobs Profiled212
Platinum446
Gold21,943
Silver68,095
Bronze24,930
Oregon
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 53,763
 
Certified Counties10/36
Participating Counties36/36
Jobs Profiled81
Platinum554
Gold16,636
Silver29,134
Bronze7,439
Pennsylvania
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 26,114
 
Certified Counties0/67
Participating Counties0/67
Jobs Profiled151
Platinum127
Gold6,844
Silver15,355
Bronze3,788
Rhode Island
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 928
 
Certified Counties0/5
Participating Counties0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum1
Gold98
Silver501
Bronze328
South Carolina
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 308,469
 
Certified Counties44/46
Participating Counties46/46
Jobs Profiled1,229
Platinum758
Gold46,665
Silver168,371
Bronze92,675
South Dakota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 15,086
 
Certified Counties0/66
Participating Counties0/66
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum83
Gold4,095
Silver8,860
Bronze2,048
Tennessee
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 110,318
 
Certified Counties5/95
Participating Counties14/95
Jobs Profiled194
Platinum70
Gold25,450
Silver62,394
Bronze22,404
Texas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 18,597
 
Certified Counties1/254
Participating Counties2/254
Jobs Profiled168
Platinum74
Gold3,929
Silver11,243
Bronze3,351
Utah
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,599
 
Certified Counties0/29
Participating Counties6/29
Jobs Profiled23
Platinum24
Gold1,102
Silver2,036
Bronze437
Vermont
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,621
 
Certified Counties0/14
Participating Counties0/14
Jobs Profiled36
Platinum12
Gold623
Silver1,469
Bronze517
Virginia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 12,036
 
Certified Counties2/134
Participating Counties8/134
Jobs Profiled211
Platinum40
Gold1,935
Silver6,770
Bronze3,291
Washington
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,324
 
Certified Counties0/39
Participating Counties1/39
Jobs Profiled46
Platinum47
Gold1,354
Silver2,386
Bronze537
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 64,317
 
Certified Counties0/55
Participating Counties0/55
Jobs Profiled104
Platinum119
Gold11,131
Silver40,458
Bronze12,609
Wisconsin
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 124,302
 
Certified Counties0/72
Participating Counties0/72
Jobs Profiled28
Platinum948
Gold37,855
Silver65,866
Bronze19,633
Wyoming
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,407
 
Certified Counties0/23
Participating Counties1/23
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum7
Gold2,016
Silver4,911
Bronze1,473
 
NCRC Earned Rankings by Percentile
  • Top
  • 10%
  • 20%
  • 30%
  • 40%
  • 50%
Alabama
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 81,068
National Ranking 22
Alaska
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 41,903
National Ranking 2
Arizona
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 6,044
National Ranking 33
Arkansas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 64,295
National Ranking 10
California
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 9,760
National Ranking 43
Colorado
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,610
National Ranking 44
Connecticut
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,417
National Ranking 37
Delaware
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 246
National Ranking 42
Florida
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 114,154
National Ranking 23
Georgia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 333,451
National Ranking 5
Hawaii
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 425
National Ranking 40
Idaho
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 101
National Ranking 49
Illinois
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 150,426
National Ranking 18
Indiana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 118,450
National Ranking 11
Iowa
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 81,834
National Ranking 9
Kansas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 20,967
National Ranking 32
Kentucky
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 126,167
National Ranking 8
Louisiana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 54,371
National Ranking 21
Maine
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 100
National Ranking 50
Maryland
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 478
National Ranking 47
Massachusetts
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 565
National Ranking 45
Michigan
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 510,987
National Ranking 3
Minnesota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 23,386
National Ranking 24
Mississippi
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 59,241
National Ranking 41
Missouri
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 75,425
National Ranking 20
Montana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,665
National Ranking 28
Nebraska
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 936
National Ranking 39
Nevada
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,346
National Ranking 29
New Hampshire
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,251
National Ranking 26
New Jersey
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 671
National Ranking 48
New Mexico
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 26,001
National Ranking 16
New York
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,486
National Ranking 46
North Carolina
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 331,638
National Ranking 7
North Dakota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 575
National Ranking 34
Ohio
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 132,645
National Ranking 19
Oklahoma
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 115,414
National Ranking 6
Oregon
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 53,763
National Ranking 15
Pennsylvania
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 26,114
National Ranking 27
Rhode Island
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 928
National Ranking 35
South Carolina
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 308,469
National Ranking 1
South Dakota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 15,086
National Ranking 13
Tennessee
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 110,318
National Ranking 12
Texas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 18,597
National Ranking 36
Utah
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,599
National Ranking 31
Vermont
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,621
National Ranking 25
Virginia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 12,036
National Ranking 30
Washington
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,324
National Ranking 38
Washington DC
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 58
National Ranking 0
West Virginia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 64,317
National Ranking 4
Wisconsin
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 124,302
National Ranking 17
Wyoming
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,407
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

3,436,624

NCRC Levels:
  • Platinum:17,445
  • Gold:717,142
  • Silver:1,913,299
  • Bronze:788,738
Total Certified Counties: 118
Employers Supporting: 13,611
Jobs Profiled: 20,929

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 April 30, 2016 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through April 30, 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.