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
465
Platinum:
2
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
122
Silver:
273
Jobs Profiled:
207
Bronze:
68
Alaska
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
37,172
Platinum:
140
Total Counties:
31
Gold:
7,384
Silver:
20,753
Jobs Profiled:
40
Bronze:
8,895
Arizona
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
4,171
Platinum:
18
Total Counties:
15
Gold:
841
Silver:
2,536
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
776
Arkansas
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
546
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
75
Gold:
139
Silver:
301
Jobs Profiled:
96
Bronze:
102
California
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
7,068
Platinum:
62
Total Counties:
58
Gold:
1,370
Silver:
3,984
Jobs Profiled:
50
Bronze:
1,652
Colorado
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
449
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
64
Gold:
95
Silver:
305
Jobs Profiled:
16
Bronze:
45
Connecticut
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,890
Platinum:
1
Total Counties:
8
Gold:
290
Silver:
1,125
Jobs Profiled:
9
Bronze:
474
Delaware
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
158
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
3
Gold:
41
Silver:
90
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
27
Florida
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
113,695
Platinum:
218
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
21,019
Silver:
64,128
Jobs Profiled:
495
Bronze:
28,330
Georgia
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
323,411
Platinum:
1,963
Total Counties:
159
Gold:
59,381
Silver:
177,455
Jobs Profiled:
855
Bronze:
84,612
Hawaii
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
271
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
5
Gold:
21
Silver:
124
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
126
Idaho
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
70
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
44
Gold:
21
Silver:
34
Jobs Profiled:
14
Bronze:
15
Illinois
1%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
88,014
Platinum:
1,327
Total Counties:
102
Gold:
21,198
Silver:
44,414
Jobs Profiled:
58
Bronze:
21,075
Indiana
4%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
101,031
Platinum:
510
Total Counties:
92
Gold:
21,282
Silver:
59,662
Jobs Profiled:
757
Bronze:
19,577
Iowa
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
48,839
Platinum:
310
Total Counties:
99
Gold:
11,728
Silver:
27,253
Jobs Profiled:
83
Bronze:
9,548
Kansas
1%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,324
Platinum:
5
Total Counties:
105
Gold:
352
Silver:
770
Jobs Profiled:
64
Bronze:
197
Kentucky
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
88,516
Platinum:
394
Total Counties:
120
Gold:
16,595
Silver:
54,002
Jobs Profiled:
122
Bronze:
17,525
Louisiana
3%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
42,564
Platinum:
159
Total Counties:
64
Gold:
5,925
Silver:
23,182
Jobs Profiled:
26
Bronze:
13,298
Maine
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
34
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
16
Gold:
15
Silver:
13
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
6
Maryland
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
248
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
24
Gold:
49
Silver:
136
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
63
Massachusetts
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
376
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
14
Gold:
62
Silver:
223
Jobs Profiled:
7
Bronze:
91
Michigan
13%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
492,248
Platinum:
3,311
Total Counties:
83
Gold:
122,611
Silver:
249,942
Jobs Profiled:
104
Bronze:
116,384
Minnesota
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
18,630
Platinum:
151
Total Counties:
87
Gold:
5,191
Silver:
10,081
Jobs Profiled:
13
Bronze:
3,207
Mississippi
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
247
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
82
Gold:
44
Silver:
146
Jobs Profiled:
10
Bronze:
57
Missouri
38%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
47,617
Platinum:
186
Total Counties:
115
Gold:
10,597
Silver:
27,313
Jobs Profiled:
274
Bronze:
9,521
Montana
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,201
Platinum:
7
Total Counties:
56
Gold:
237
Silver:
699
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
258
Nebraska
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
807
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
93
Gold:
164
Silver:
446
Jobs Profiled:
26
Bronze:
193
Nevada
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,527
Platinum:
15
Total Counties:
17
Gold:
757
Silver:
1,382
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
373
New Hampshire
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
3,874
Platinum:
9
Total Counties:
10
Gold:
649
Silver:
2,275
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
941
New Jersey
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
339
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
21
Gold:
48
Silver:
176
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
115
New Mexico
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
19,077
Platinum:
34
Total Counties:
33
Gold:
3,295
Silver:
10,484
Jobs Profiled:
57
Bronze:
5,264
New York
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
1,331
Platinum:
6
Total Counties:
62
Gold:
204
Silver:
807
Jobs Profiled:
21
Bronze:
314
North Carolina
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
216,064
Platinum:
574
Total Counties:
100
Gold:
38,129
Silver:
125,949
Jobs Profiled:
754
Bronze:
51,412
North Dakota
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
428
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
53
Gold:
84
Silver:
243
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
101
Ohio
2%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
114,086
Platinum:
411
Total Counties:
88
Gold:
25,008
Silver:
70,344
Jobs Profiled:
280
Bronze:
18,323
Oklahoma
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
88,417
Platinum:
381
Total Counties:
77
Gold:
17,076
Silver:
51,302
Jobs Profiled:
207
Bronze:
19,658
Oregon
100%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
33,313
Platinum:
395
Total Counties:
36
Gold:
11,419
Silver:
17,800
Jobs Profiled:
67
Bronze:
3,699
Pennsylvania
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
21,079
Platinum:
116
Total Counties:
67
Gold:
5,692
Silver:
12,296
Jobs Profiled:
128
Bronze:
2,975
Rhode Island
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
246
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
5
Gold:
32
Silver:
135
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
79
South Carolina
100%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
224,122
Platinum:
270
Total Counties:
46
Gold:
29,624
Silver:
124,292
Jobs Profiled:
975
Bronze:
69,936
South Dakota
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
8,046
Platinum:
61
Total Counties:
66
Gold:
2,371
Silver:
4,578
Jobs Profiled:
30
Bronze:
1,036
Tennessee
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
99,580
Platinum:
48
Total Counties:
95
Gold:
23,206
Silver:
55,940
Jobs Profiled:
156
Bronze:
20,386
Texas
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
9,094
Platinum:
33
Total Counties:
254
Gold:
1,875
Silver:
5,484
Jobs Profiled:
149
Bronze:
1,702
Utah
34%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,568
Platinum:
19
Total Counties:
29
Gold:
794
Silver:
1,455
Jobs Profiled:
21
Bronze:
300
Vermont
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,283
Platinum:
11
Total Counties:
14
Gold:
553
Silver:
1,267
Jobs Profiled:
36
Bronze:
452
Virginia
6%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
9,421
Platinum:
25
Total Counties:
134
Gold:
1,439
Silver:
5,280
Jobs Profiled:
172
Bronze:
2,677
Washington
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,835
Platinum:
28
Total Counties:
39
Gold:
873
Silver:
1,559
Jobs Profiled:
36
Bronze:
375
Washington DC
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
10
Platinum:
0
Total Counties:
1
Gold:
1
Silver:
4
Jobs Profiled:
0
Bronze:
5
West Virginia
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
61,220
Platinum:
112
Total Counties:
55
Gold:
10,555
Silver:
38,493
Jobs Profiled:
93
Bronze:
12,060
Wisconsin
0%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
10,850
Platinum:
125
Total Counties:
72
Gold:
3,364
Silver:
5,698
Jobs Profiled:
24
Bronze:
1,663
Wyoming
4%
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
7,045
Platinum:
4
Total Counties:
23
Gold:
1,660
Silver:
4,089
Jobs Profiled:
4
Bronze:
1,292
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total
2,476,121
Platinum:
13,021
Total Counties:
3,141
Gold:
513,575
Employers Supporting:
5,598
Silver:
1,366,572
Jobs Profiled:
19,993
Bronze:
582,953
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 July 31, 2014 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through July 31, 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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