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Supporting Work Ready Communities is free, easy and beneficial to business March 20, 2017

Employers are integral to the Work Ready Community initiative as well as to obtaining the Work Ready Community designation. If you are an employer, your show of support is needed to achieve the designation. Employers can show their support simply by completing an Employer Support Form

Editorial: National Career Readiness Certificate will get more people working March 08, 2017

A smart effort to boost job skills and get more people into the workforce is moving forward in the Omaha area. The initiative promotes the National Career Readiness Certificate, which helps potential employers see job seekers’ proficiency in math, reading and other topics.

Legislators hear about charter school expansion March 07, 2017

This week the House approved legislation to give students a more direct path to the workforce. I used to be a school teacher and I had many students over the years that really didn't like school, but they loved to work with their hands on the job.This bill would provide students with the option to obtain an ACT National Career Readiness Certificate

BOONE, COOPER & CEDAR COUNTIES EARN CERTIFIED WORK READY STATUS March 07, 2017

Boone, Cooper and Cedar counties have become the latest Missouri counties to earn Certified Work Ready Community (CWRC) status. CWRC is an American College Testing (ACT) designation program that recognizes successful efforts by community, education and business leaders to strengthen workforce training and development.....

County’s adult education program receives $822,000 in performance funds March 07, 2017

: The Beaufort County School District’s adult education program has been awarded $822,000 in performance-based funding, tied to its success with helping students earn diplomas or WorkKeys certificates last year. The program also earned two statewide honors for generating the most WorkKeys certificates in 2015-16, with 511 being awarded to students,

The First Work Ready Community in the State March 07, 2017

The Mesa County Workforce Center has been certified as the very first Work Ready Community in the state of Colorado. Officials at the Workforce Center say they started working towards this goal about a year ago. Officials say that being a Workforce Ready Community means showing local employers what Mesa County's skilled work force looks like.

Omaha-area civic, business leaders launch effort to prepare job seekers for ACT certificate test March 03, 2017

A program for job seekers meant to show potential employers that applicants have the skills to do the job got the thumbs-up Thursday from local employers and officials….The initiative is a program intended to help job seekers earn the nationally recognized ACT National Career Readiness Certificate….

Greenville superintendent honored by national publication February 27, 2017

90 percent of the 2016 junior class earned a National Career Readiness Certificate based on WorkKeys testing, according to district figures.

State test connects education and business Leader-Telegram (Wisconsin) February 23, 2017

Chad Steinmetz was a little taken aback by how challenging he found the math portion of the state’s ACT WorkKeys assessment required for junior high school students. To become more familiar with the exam, the math-teacher-turned-principal of Bloomer High School took the sample test as part of the first-ever WorkKeys conference held at Chippewa Vall

HGTC says WorkKeys, Work Ready are game changers for job seekers WPDE February 09, 2017

AA Horry County, S.C. (WPDE) — Right now, South Carolina is ahead of the curve when it comes to helping people find jobs. It's all thanks, in part, to a combination of Work Ready community and a work keys program.

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