• ACT WRC Boot Camp

      • September 9-10, 2020
        New Orleans
      • Boot Camp Session 2
        TBD
  • ACT’s Ready for Work Podcast

    • The Voice of the Workforce Ecosystem
    • Learn economic development
      strategies and more
  • ACT WRC Alumni Calls

    • February 27, 2020
    • May 28, 2020
    • Details will be emailed to POCs
  • 2020 ACT Workforce Summit:

    • Save the date: October 26-28
    • Memphis, Tennessee
    • Call for Proposals starts now.

ACT WRC Boot Camp

  • September 9-10, 2020
    New Orleans
  • Boot Camp Session 2
    TBD

ACT’s Ready for Work Podcast

  • The Voice of the Workforce Ecosystem
  • Learn economic development strategies and more

ACT WRC Alumni Calls

  • February 27, 2020
  • May 28, 2020
  • Details will be emailed to POCs
 

2020 ACT Workforce Summit:

  • Save the date: October 26-28
  • Memphis, Tennessee
  • Call for Proposals starts now.
States with State- or County-Led
ACT® Work Ready Communities
Hover over a state to learn more about ACT® WorkKeys® NCRC® activity there.
 

States with State or County Led ACT Work Ready Communities


About the data on this site
Alabama
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 252,201
 
Certified Communities16/67
Participating Communities18/67
Jobs Profiled304
Platinum15,182
Gold46,795
Silver115,406
Bronze74,818
Alaska
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 47,876
 
Certified Communities0/31
Participating Communities0/31
Jobs Profiled46
Platinum529
Gold9,110
Silver26,259
Bronze11,978
Arizona
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,717
 
Certified Communities0/15
Participating Communities0/15
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum142
Gold1,788
Silver5,093
Bronze1,694
Arkansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 82,654
 
Certified Communities15/75
Participating Communities26/75
Jobs Profiled123
Platinum1,798
Gold18,915
Silver46,797
Bronze15,144
California
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 15,907
 
Certified Communities0/58
Participating Communities1/58
Jobs Profiled68
Platinum587
Gold2,992
Silver8,172
Bronze4,156
Colorado
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 15,053
 
Certified Communities1/64
Participating Communities3/64
Jobs Profiled35
Platinum652
Gold2,345
Silver7,673
Bronze4,383
Connecticut
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,127
 
Certified Communities0/8
Participating Communities0/8
Jobs Profiled9
Platinum59
Gold451
Silver1,722
Bronze895
Delaware
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 422
 
Certified Communities0/3
Participating Communities0/3
Jobs Profiled1
Platinum3
Gold113
Silver250
Bronze56
Florida
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 115,245
 
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled500
Platinum347
Gold21,336
Silver64,753
Bronze28,809
Georgia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 344,640
 
Certified Communities0/159
Participating Communities0/159
Jobs Profiled1,030
Platinum2,729
Gold63,651
Silver188,704
Bronze89,556
Hawaii
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 552
 
Certified Communities0/5
Participating Communities0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum12
Gold52
Silver247
Bronze241
Idaho
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 170
 
Certified Communities0/44
Participating Communities0/44
Jobs Profiled14
Platinum7
Gold42
Silver92
Bronze29
Illinois
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 157,341
 
Certified Communities0/102
Participating Communities3/102
Jobs Profiled98
Platinum2,467
Gold38,145
Silver81,033
Bronze35,696
Indiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 138,690
 
Certified Communities7/92
Participating Communities8/92
Jobs Profiled1,044
Platinum2,125
Gold30,002
Silver80,347
Bronze26,216
Iowa
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 129,690
 
Certified Communities2/99
Participating Communities4/99
Jobs Profiled86
Platinum4,792
Gold29,165
Silver67,161
Bronze28,572
Kansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 52,758
 
Certified Communities4/105
Participating Communities10/105
Jobs Profiled120
Platinum3,885
Gold12,913
Silver24,441
Bronze11,519
Kentucky
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 163,559
 
Certified Communities0/120
Participating Communities0/120
Jobs Profiled146
Platinum2,397
Gold29,484
Silver103,305
Bronze28,373
Louisiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 167,918
 
Certified Communities16/64
Participating Communities27/64
Jobs Profiled46
Platinum5,866
Gold24,248
Silver86,858
Bronze50,946
Maine
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 210
 
Certified Communities0/16
Participating Communities0/16
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum19
Gold67
Silver95
Bronze29
Maryland
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,040
 
Certified Communities0/24
Participating Communities1/24
Jobs Profiled10
Platinum93
Gold248
Silver490
Bronze209
Massachusetts
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,080
 
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled10
Platinum13
Gold161
Silver571
Bronze335
Michigan
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 641,197
 
Certified Communities2/83
Participating Communities13/83
Jobs Profiled124
Platinum5,452
Gold151,888
Silver337,081
Bronze146,776
Minnesota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 27,013
 
Certified Communities0/87
Participating Communities1/87
Jobs Profiled15
Platinum510
Gold7,362
Silver14,419
Bronze4,722
Mississippi
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 129,954
 
Certified Communities40/82
Participating Communities55/82
Jobs Profiled41
Platinum3,708
Gold19,063
Silver66,528
Bronze40,655
Missouri
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 134,520
 
Certified Communities83/115
Participating Communities100/115
Jobs Profiled395
Platinum4,270
Gold28,045
Silver70,232
Bronze31,973
Montana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,811
 
Certified Communities0/56
Participating Communities0/56
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum24
Gold398
Silver1,025
Bronze364
Nebraska
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,623
 
Certified Communities1/93
Participating Communities2/93
Jobs Profiled55
Platinum290
Gold930
Silver1,840
Bronze1,563
Nevada
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 12,195
 
Certified Communities1/17
Participating Communities1/17
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum763
Gold3,001
Silver5,551
Bronze2,880
New Hampshire
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 7,427
 
Certified Communities0/10
Participating Communities0/10
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum304
Gold1,605
Silver4,026
Bronze1,492
New Jersey
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 811
 
Certified Communities0/21
Participating Communities0/21
Jobs Profiled4
Platinum12
Gold107
Silver394
Bronze298
New Mexico
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 37,303
 
Certified Communities2/33
Participating Communities3/33
Jobs Profiled64
Platinum649
Gold6,528
Silver19,995
Bronze10,131
New York
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,357
 
Certified Communities0/62
Participating Communities1/62
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum439
Gold967
Silver1,918
Bronze1,033
North Carolina
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 514,817
 
Certified Communities45/100
Participating Communities67/100
Jobs Profiled971
Platinum18,888
Gold99,390
Silver273,273
Bronze123,266
North Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,656
 
Certified Communities0/53
Participating Communities0/53
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum291
Gold1,190
Silver720
Bronze455
Ohio
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 189,759
 
Certified Communities3/88
Participating Communities4/88
Jobs Profiled338
Platinum4,261
Gold41,011
Silver109,404
Bronze35,083
Oklahoma
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 147,913
 
Certified Communities1/77
Participating Communities2/77
Jobs Profiled228
Platinum2,511
Gold28,799
Silver84,384
Bronze32,219
Oregon
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 79,553
 
Certified Communities14/36
Participating Communities36/36
Jobs Profiled93
Platinum2,961
Gold22,478
Silver40,268
Bronze13,846
Pennsylvania
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 38,055
 
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled193
Platinum880
Gold9,553
Silver21,119
Bronze6,503
Rhode Island
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,057
 
Certified Communities0/5
Participating Communities0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum4
Gold118
Silver572
Bronze363
South Carolina
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 441,737
 
Certified Communities46/46
Participating Communities46/46
Jobs Profiled1,510
Platinum3,313
Gold71,142
Silver239,280
Bronze128,002
South Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 36,131
 
Certified Communities0/66
Participating Communities0/66
Jobs Profiled31
Platinum3,094
Gold9,734
Silver17,004
Bronze6,299
Tennessee
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 128,978
 
Certified Communities16/95
Participating Communities27/95
Jobs Profiled249
Platinum2,122
Gold29,789
Silver70,767
Bronze26,300
Texas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 30,011
 
Certified Communities3/254
Participating Communities5/254
Jobs Profiled186
Platinum1,060
Gold6,611
Silver16,659
Bronze5,681
Utah
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,215
 
Certified Communities0/29
Participating Communities0/29
Jobs Profiled23
Platinum72
Gold1,281
Silver2,328
Bronze534
Vermont
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,944
 
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled36
Platinum26
Gold692
Silver1,654
Bronze572
Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 26,434
 
Certified Communities13/134
Participating Communities27/134
Jobs Profiled247
Platinum1,106
Gold4,200
Silver12,170
Bronze8,958
Washington
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,526
 
Certified Communities0/39
Participating Communities1/39
Jobs Profiled47
Platinum214
Gold1,719
Silver2,860
Bronze733
Washington DC
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 195
 
Certified Communities0/1
Participating Communities0/1
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum8
Gold17
Silver62
Bronze108
West Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 69,052
 
Certified Communities0/55
Participating Communities0/55
Jobs Profiled107
Platinum553
Gold12,283
Silver42,527
Bronze13,689
Wisconsin
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 293,148
 
Certified Communities0/72
Participating Communities1/72
Jobs Profiled43
Platinum21,539
Gold81,853
Silver135,011
Bronze54,745
Wyoming
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 9,930
 
Certified Communities0/23
Participating Communities2/23
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum134
Gold2,264
Silver5,614
Bronze1,918
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.
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
 
ACT WorkKeys NCRC Earned State Rankings
  • Top
  • 1-10
  • 11-20
  • 21-30
  • 31-40
  • 41-50

What is an ACT® Work Ready Community?

ACT Work Ready Communities (WRC) empowers states, regions and counties with data, processes 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

4,937,335

ACT WorkKeys NCRC Levels:
  • Platinum:128,529
  • Gold:1,025,922
  • Silver:2,610,347
  • Bronze:1,172,537
Participating Counties: 495
Employers Supporting: 26,425
Jobs Profiled: 22,184

Work Ready Communities Boot Camp

ACT offers a peeeerformance-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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Counties

Counties may engage in the ACT Work Ready Communities program. Any municipality may be accepted into the Boot Camp 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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What Others Are Saying

"Having been in site selection for many years, it has always been difficult to ensure my clients that there is available, stable and reliable workforce in a community. However, in the last few years when I see that a county is ACT Work Ready I know that they are following the steps in planning for the current and future workforce. Therefore, our tendency at FCG is to look strongly at ACT Work Ready Communities for new site locations. I would encourage all communities to seek that status."

Mr. Deane C. Foote, CEcD
President & CEO
Foote Consulting Group, LLC

"As a national site selector, one of the few factors that are critical to almost every company and project is workforce. It is imperative for communities to focus on knowing and improving their existing workforce as well as retaining and attracting high quality talent. ACT Work Ready Communities are setting themselves apart by intentionally developing their local workforce in support of their existing companies while positioning themselves to attract new companies."

Robby Burgan
Manager, Location Strategies
Evergreen Advisors

"ACT Work Ready is truly the best workforce development marketing tool I have seen."

Chad Chancellor
Co-Founder/CEO
The Next Move Group
New Orleans, Louisiana

"Outstanding program that helps business recruit and retain qualified workers. Congrats on the milestone. As a corrorlary would recommend that all counties become work ready certified.

Dennis Donovan
Director Global Site Selection
Wadley, Donovan, Gutshaw Consulting

"Jonesboro and Craighead County are a great example of what’s right with Arkansas. Becoming an ACT Work Ready Community will make Jonesboro and Craighead County even stronger."

Governor Asa Hutchinson
Arkansas

"One of the main reasons that they decided to remain in Pottawatomie County was because of the strong work force and the county’s commitment to workforce readiness through ACT WorkReady program. Pottawatomie County is one of only three counties in the state that is Certified Work Ready."

Robert Weimann
Co-Owner, Sarto Countertops

"Being A Work Ready Community Champion allows the ease of hiring the best people, and trust what you hired them to do. It allows me to help match the employees to jobs based on verified skill levels. Finding the candidate who possesses the proper trade skill through the ACT Work Ready Program reduces the overall recruiting, onboarding and training cost. It’s a win-win for all involved."

Tracey Faulkner
Director of Human Resources, R-Tech Tool & Machine, Inc.

How Work Ready Communities are Winning the Growth Game

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Site Selectors and Business are Taking Notice

Site Selection Magazine 2020 Regional Workforce Development Rankings include ACT NCRCs as one of the top 5 components! Learn More

How does your state stack up? Site Selection Magazine January 2020 Annual State of the States issue reaches global corporate location decision-makers.

 

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 March 31, 2020 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through March 31, 2020 , 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.


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