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ACT WRC Boot Camps

  • September 9-10, 2020
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    New Orleans

ACT’s Ready for Work Podcast

  • The Voice of the Workforce Ecosystem
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ACT WRC Alumni Calls

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  • Memphis, Tennessee
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States with State- or County-Led
ACT® Work Ready Communities

 

States with State or County Led ACT Work Ready Communities

Alabama

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 252,860
Certified Communities16/67
Participating Communities18/67
Jobs Profiled304
Platinum15,249
Gold46,912
Silver115,700
Bronze74,999

Alaska

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 47,891
Certified Communities0/31
Participating Communities0/31
Jobs Profiled46
Platinum530
Gold9,111
Silver26,267
Bronze11,983

Arizona

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,719
Certified Communities0/15
Participating Communities0/15
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum142
Gold1,790
Silver5,093
Bronze1,694

Arkansas

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 82,830
Certified Communities15/75
Participating Communities26/75
Jobs Profiled124
Platinum1,815
Gold18,957
Silver46,860
Bronze15,198

California

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 15,988
Certified Communities0/58
Participating Communities1/58
Jobs Profiled68
Platinum597
Gold3,012
Silver8,201
Bronze4,178

Colorado

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 15,491
Certified Communities1/64
Participating Communities3/64
Jobs Profiled35
Platinum683
Gold2,408
Silver7,840
Bronze4,560

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 115,282
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled500
Platinum353
Gold21,343
Silver64,768
Bronze28,818

Georgia

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 344,754
Certified Communities0/159
Participating Communities0/159
Jobs Profiled1,030
Platinum2,742
Gold63,671
Silver188,751
Bronze89,590

Hawaii

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 598
Certified Communities0/5
Participating Communities0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum14
Gold64
Silver258
Bronze262

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 157,407
Certified Communities0/102
Participating Communities3/102
Jobs Profiled98
Platinum2,480
Gold38,161
Silver81,053
Bronze35,713

Indiana

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 138,752
Certified Communities7/92
Participating Communities8/92
Jobs Profiled1,044
Platinum2,141
Gold30,025
Silver80,363
Bronze26,223

Iowa

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 129,786
Certified Communities2/99
Participating Communities4/99
Jobs Profiled86
Platinum4,820
Gold29,183
Silver67,185
Bronze28,598

Kansas

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 57,384
Certified Communities4/105
Participating Communities10/105
Jobs Profiled120
Platinum4,682
Gold13,973
Silver26,035
Bronze12,694

Kentucky

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 163,882
Certified Communities0/120
Participating Communities0/120
Jobs Profiled146
Platinum2,441
Gold29,595
Silver103,430
Bronze28,416

Louisiana

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 168,079
Certified Communities16/64
Participating Communities27/64
Jobs Profiled46
Platinum5,885
Gold24,279
Silver86,937
Bronze50,978

Maine

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 220
Certified Communities0/16
Participating Communities0/16
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum20
Gold69
Silver97
Bronze34

Maryland

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,044
Certified Communities0/24
Participating Communities1/24
Jobs Profiled10
Platinum94
Gold249
Silver490
Bronze211

Massachusetts

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,081
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled10
Platinum14
Gold161
Silver571
Bronze335

Michigan

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 641,302
Certified Communities2/83
Participating Communities13/83
Jobs Profiled124
Platinum5,466
Gold151,917
Silver337,132
Bronze146,787

Minnesota

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 27,055
Certified Communities0/87
Participating Communities1/87
Jobs Profiled15
Platinum520
Gold7,373
Silver14,430
Bronze4,732

Mississippi

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 130,981
Certified Communities42/82
Participating Communities55/82
Jobs Profiled42
Platinum3,797
Gold19,249
Silver66,925
Bronze41,010

Missouri

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 135,644
Certified Communities83/115
Participating Communities100/115
Jobs Profiled396
Platinum4,352
Gold28,240
Silver70,615
Bronze32,437

Montana

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,813
Certified Communities0/56
Participating Communities0/56
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum24
Gold399
Silver1,026
Bronze364

Nebraska

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,629
Certified Communities1/93
Participating Communities2/93
Jobs Profiled55
Platinum290
Gold934
Silver1,841
Bronze1,564

Nevada

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 12,342
Certified Communities1/17
Participating Communities1/17
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum784
Gold3,030
Silver5,608
Bronze2,920

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 37,402
Certified Communities2/33
Participating Communities3/33
Jobs Profiled64
Platinum664
Gold6,552
Silver20,038
Bronze10,148

New York

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,396
Certified Communities0/62
Participating Communities1/62
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum448
Gold972
Silver1,934
Bronze1,042

North Carolina

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 515,133
Certified Communities45/100
Participating Communities67/100
Jobs Profiled973
Platinum18,935
Gold99,454
Silver273,400
Bronze123,344

North Dakota

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,838
Certified Communities0/53
Participating Communities0/53
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum325
Gold1,334
Silver722
Bronze457

Ohio

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 190,681
Certified Communities3/88
Participating Communities4/88
Jobs Profiled338
Platinum4,419
Gold41,291
Silver109,754
Bronze35,217

Oklahoma

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 147,984
Certified Communities1/77
Participating Communities2/77
Jobs Profiled228
Platinum2,522
Gold28,816
Silver84,409
Bronze32,237

Oregon

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 79,561
Certified Communities14/36
Participating Communities36/36
Jobs Profiled93
Platinum2,964
Gold22,481
Silver40,270
Bronze13,846

Pennsylvania

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 38,067
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled193
Platinum883
Gold9,555
Silver21,125
Bronze6,504

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 441,789
Certified Communities46/46
Participating Communities46/46
Jobs Profiled1,513
Platinum3,323
Gold71,160
Silver239,298
Bronze128,008

South Dakota

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 36,163
Certified Communities0/66
Participating Communities0/66
Jobs Profiled31
Platinum3,098
Gold9,740
Silver17,018
Bronze6,307

Tennessee

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 129,204
Certified Communities16/95
Participating Communities27/95
Jobs Profiled249
Platinum2,161
Gold29,862
Silver70,826
Bronze26,355

Texas

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 30,182
Certified Communities3/254
Participating Communities5/254
Jobs Profiled186
Platinum1,102
Gold6,664
Silver16,712
Bronze5,704

Utah

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,217
Certified Communities0/29
Participating Communities0/29
Jobs Profiled23
Platinum72
Gold1,281
Silver2,329
Bronze535

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 26,571
Certified Communities13/134
Participating Communities27/134
Jobs Profiled247
Platinum1,126
Gold4,221
Silver12,210
Bronze9,014

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 208
Certified Communities0/1
Participating Communities0/1
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum8
Gold20
Silver68
Bronze112

West Virginia

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 69,171
Certified Communities0/55
Participating Communities0/55
Jobs Profiled107
Platinum571
Gold12,320
Silver42,574
Bronze13,706

Wisconsin

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 293,166
Certified Communities0/72
Participating Communities1/72
Jobs Profiled43
Platinum21,540
Gold81,854
Silver135,016
Bronze54,756

Wyoming

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 10,005
Certified Communities0/23
Participating Communities3/23
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum146
Gold2,279
Silver5,645
Bronze1,935
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.

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Total ACT® WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificates®

4,949,278

ACT WorkKeys NCRC Levels:
  • Platinum:130,238
  • Gold:1,028,698
  • Silver:2,614,615
  • Bronze:1,175,727
Participating Counties: 496
Employers Supporting: 26,632
Jobs Profiled: 22,192

Work Ready Communities Boot Camp

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. Learn More

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. More on How to Sign Up

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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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Employers recognize the ACT® WorkKeys® NCRC®

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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 2019 Regional Workforce Development Rankings include ACT NCRCs as one of the top 5 components!
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How does your state stack up?
Site Selection Magazine January 2019 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 June 30, 2020 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through June 30, 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.

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.