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States with State- or County-Led
ACT Work Ready Communities
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States with State or County Led ACT Work Ready Communities


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Alabama
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 134,610
 
Certified Counties4/68
Participating Counties18/68
Jobs Profiled237
Platinum451
Gold23,836
Silver73,780
Bronze36,543
Alaska
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 46,154
 
Certified Counties0/32
Participating Counties0/32
Jobs Profiled44
Platinum199
Gold8,675
Silver25,713
Bronze11,567
Arizona
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 7,646
 
Certified Counties0/16
Participating Counties0/16
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum50
Gold1,542
Silver4,587
Bronze1,467
Arkansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 71,513
 
Certified Counties1/76
Participating Counties19/76
Jobs Profiled122
Platinum343
Gold16,292
Silver42,690
Bronze12,188
California
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 11,957
 
Certified Counties0/59
Participating Counties1/59
Jobs Profiled66
Platinum97
Gold2,175
Silver6,736
Bronze2,949
Colorado
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 7,196
 
Certified Counties1/65
Participating Counties1/65
Jobs Profiled25
Platinum63
Gold960
Silver4,504
Bronze1,669
Connecticut
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,637
 
Certified Counties0/9
Participating Counties0/9
Jobs Profiled9
Platinum2
Gold351
Silver1,555
Bronze729
Delaware
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 416
 
Certified Counties0/4
Participating Counties0/4
Jobs Profiled1
Platinum2
Gold111
Silver248
Bronze55
Florida
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 114,411
 
Certified Counties0/68
Participating Counties0/68
Jobs Profiled497
Platinum223
Gold21,166
Silver64,440
Bronze28,582
Georgia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 338,234
 
Certified Counties0/160
Participating Counties0/160
Jobs Profiled973
Platinum2,025
Gold62,310
Silver186,363
Bronze87,536
Hawaii
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 431
 
Certified Counties0/6
Participating Counties0/6
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum0
Gold38
Silver213
Bronze180
Idaho
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 143
 
Certified Counties0/45
Participating Counties0/45
Jobs Profiled14
Platinum1
Gold37
Silver77
Bronze28
Illinois
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 153,839
 
Certified Counties0/103
Participating Counties3/103
Jobs Profiled79
Platinum1,807
Gold37,156
Silver79,812
Bronze35,064
Indiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 129,693
 
Certified Counties6/93
Participating Counties7/93
Jobs Profiled946
Platinum638
Gold27,578
Silver77,195
Bronze24,282
Iowa
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 108,779
 
Certified Counties0/100
Participating Counties0/100
Jobs Profiled85
Platinum1,288
Gold24,332
Silver60,576
Bronze22,583
Kansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 29,234
 
Certified Counties3/106
Participating Counties5/106
Jobs Profiled110
Platinum442
Gold7,362
Silver16,319
Bronze5,111
Kentucky
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 151,471
 
Certified Counties0/121
Participating Counties0/121
Jobs Profiled141
Platinum733
Gold25,976
Silver97,838
Bronze26,924
Louisiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 96,216
 
Certified Counties10/65
Participating Counties13/65
Jobs Profiled41
Platinum689
Gold11,904
Silver55,127
Bronze28,496
Maine
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 131
 
Certified Counties0/17
Participating Counties0/17
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum3
Gold41
Silver74
Bronze13
Maryland
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 611
 
Certified Counties0/25
Participating Counties0/25
Jobs Profiled2
Platinum4
Gold124
Silver362
Bronze121
Massachusetts
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 858
 
Certified Counties0/15
Participating Counties0/15
Jobs Profiled10
Platinum1
Gold134
Silver480
Bronze243
Michigan
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 630,105
 
Certified Counties2/84
Participating Counties13/84
Jobs Profiled110
Platinum3,938
Gold149,214
Silver332,108
Bronze144,845
Minnesota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 25,204
 
Certified Counties0/88
Participating Counties1/88
Jobs Profiled15
Platinum189
Gold6,963
Silver13,809
Bronze4,243
Mississippi
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 82,140
 
Certified Counties8/83
Participating Counties30/83
Jobs Profiled21
Platinum195
Gold11,090
Silver48,356
Bronze22,499
Missouri
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 97,000
 
Certified Counties51/116
Participating Counties87/116
Jobs Profiled369
Platinum370
Gold20,520
Silver56,532
Bronze19,578
Montana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,764
 
Certified Counties0/57
Participating Counties0/57
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum14
Gold383
Silver1,010
Bronze357
Nebraska
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,157
 
Certified Counties0/94
Participating Counties1/94
Jobs Profiled54
Platinum48
Gold496
Silver1,089
Bronze524
Nevada
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 7,241
 
Certified Counties0/18
Participating Counties1/18
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum83
Gold1,801
Silver3,943
Bronze1,414
New Hampshire
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 6,396
 
Certified Counties0/11
Participating Counties0/11
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum56
Gold1,311
Silver3,720
Bronze1,309
New Jersey
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 777
 
Certified Counties0/22
Participating Counties0/22
Jobs Profiled4
Platinum0
Gold98
Silver385
Bronze294
New Mexico
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 33,196
 
Certified Counties2/34
Participating Counties2/34
Jobs Profiled64
Platinum89
Gold5,610
Silver18,579
Bronze8,918
New York
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,993
 
Certified Counties0/63
Participating Counties0/63
Jobs Profiled26
Platinum21
Gold367
Silver1,155
Bronze450
North Carolina
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 416,779
 
Certified Counties33/101
Participating Counties55/101
Jobs Profiled943
Platinum4,502
Gold78,055
Silver239,205
Bronze95,017
North Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 851
 
Certified Counties0/54
Participating Counties0/54
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum18
Gold186
Silver420
Bronze227
Ohio
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 157,035
 
Certified Counties1/89
Participating Counties4/89
Jobs Profiled315
Platinum549
Gold33,364
Silver97,124
Bronze25,998
Oklahoma
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 135,335
 
Certified Counties1/78
Participating Counties1/78
Jobs Profiled223
Platinum855
Gold25,980
Silver79,584
Bronze28,916
Oregon
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 66,241
 
Certified Counties14/37
Participating Counties36/37
Jobs Profiled92
Platinum638
Gold19,478
Silver36,072
Bronze10,053
Pennsylvania
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 33,262
 
Certified Counties0/68
Participating Counties0/68
Jobs Profiled167
Platinum202
Gold8,354
Silver19,559
Bronze5,147
Rhode Island
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,038
 
Certified Counties0/6
Participating Counties0/6
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum1
Gold114
Silver564
Bronze359
South Carolina
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 427,922
 
Certified Counties46/47
Participating Counties46/47
Jobs Profiled1,433
Platinum1,500
Gold68,200
Silver234,196
Bronze124,026
South Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 22,410
 
Certified Counties0/67
Participating Counties0/67
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum536
Gold6,043
Silver12,544
Bronze3,287
Tennessee
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 118,627
 
Certified Counties11/96
Participating Counties21/96
Jobs Profiled223
Platinum193
Gold27,236
Silver67,354
Bronze23,844
Texas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 24,363
 
Certified Counties2/255
Participating Counties3/255
Jobs Profiled177
Platinum90
Gold5,143
Silver14,656
Bronze4,474
Utah
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,032
 
Certified Counties0/30
Participating Counties0/30
Jobs Profiled23
Platinum27
Gold1,215
Silver2,279
Bronze511
Vermont
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,855
 
Certified Counties0/15
Participating Counties0/15
Jobs Profiled36
Platinum13
Gold669
Silver1,620
Bronze553
Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 15,605
 
Certified Counties4/135
Participating Counties8/135
Jobs Profiled232
Platinum71
Gold2,443
Silver8,615
Bronze4,476
Washington
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,056
 
Certified Counties0/40
Participating Counties1/40
Jobs Profiled47
Platinum71
Gold1,575
Silver2,752
Bronze658
Washington DC
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 86
 
Certified Counties0/2
Participating Counties0/2
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum2
Gold7
Silver38
Bronze39
West Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 66,170
 
Certified Counties0/56
Participating Counties0/56
Jobs Profiled107
Platinum129
Gold11,500
Silver41,547
Bronze12,994
Wisconsin
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 182,023
 
Certified Counties0/73
Participating Counties0/73
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum1,176
Gold53,320
Silver98,678
Bronze28,849
Wyoming
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 9,085
 
Certified Counties0/24
Participating Counties2/24
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum11
Gold2,114
Silver5,288
Bronze1,672
ACT WorkKeys NCRC EARNED STATE RANKINGS
This map shows which states have the highest number of people per capita who have earned the ACT WorkKeys NCRC.
States with the greatest percentage of earners are in dark red.
 
ACT WorkKeys NCRC Earned State Rankings
  • Top
  • 1-10
  • 11-20
  • 21-30
  • 31-40
  • 41-50
Alabama
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 22
Alaska
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 2
Arizona
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 33
Arkansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 10
California
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 43
Colorado
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 44
Connecticut
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 37
Delaware
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 42
Florida
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 23
Georgia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 5
Hawaii
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 40
Idaho
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 49
Illinois
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 18
Indiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 11
Iowa
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 9
Kansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 32
Kentucky
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 8
Louisiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 21
Maine
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 50
Maryland
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 47
Massachusetts
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 45
Michigan
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 3
Minnesota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 24
Mississippi
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 41
Missouri
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 20
Montana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 28
Nebraska
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 39
Nevada
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 29
New Hampshire
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 26
New Jersey
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 48
New Mexico
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 16
New York
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 46
North Carolina
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 7
North Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 34
Ohio
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 19
Oklahoma
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 6
Oregon
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 15
Pennsylvania
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 27
Rhode Island
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 35
South Carolina
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 1
South Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 13
Tennessee
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 12
Texas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 36
Utah
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 31
Vermont
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 25
Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 30
Washington
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 38
Washington DC
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 0
West Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 4
Wisconsin
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 17
Wyoming
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
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 ACT WorkKeys 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 WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total

4,174,225

ACT WorkKeys NCRC Levels:
  • Platinum:26,752
  • Gold:859,418
  • Silver:2,335,929
  • Bronze:952,126
Total Certified Counties: 200
Employers Supporting: 19,491
Jobs Profiled: 21,607

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 WorkKeys 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® WorkKeys 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 ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificates.


State and national ACT WorkKeys NCRC data runs from January 2006 through January 31, 2018 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through January 31, 2018 , while national job profile data reaches back to 1993. Again, please note that county-level ACT WorkKeys 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.