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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 250,987
 
Certified Communities16/67
Participating Communities18/67
Jobs Profiled304
Platinum15,066
Gold46,566
Silver114,974
Bronze74,381
Alaska
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 47,797
 
Certified Communities0/31
Participating Communities0/31
Jobs Profiled46
Platinum514
Gold9,095
Silver26,232
Bronze11,956
Arizona
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,646
 
Certified Communities0/15
Participating Communities0/15
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum131
Gold1,773
Silver5,061
Bronze1,681
Arkansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 81,693
 
Certified Communities14/75
Participating Communities26/75
Jobs Profiled123
Platinum1,669
Gold18,671
Silver46,466
Bronze14,887
California
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 15,701
 
Certified Communities0/58
Participating Communities1/58
Jobs Profiled68
Platinum560
Gold2,937
Silver8,105
Bronze4,099
Colorado
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 13,928
 
Certified Communities1/64
Participating Communities3/64
Jobs Profiled35
Platinum575
Gold2,178
Silver7,276
Bronze3,899
Connecticut
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,125
 
Certified Communities0/8
Participating Communities0/8
Jobs Profiled9
Platinum59
Gold451
Silver1,721
Bronze894
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 115,190
 
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled500
Platinum340
Gold21,326
Silver64,737
Bronze28,787
Georgia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 344,244
 
Certified Communities0/159
Participating Communities0/159
Jobs Profiled1,030
Platinum2,687
Gold63,565
Silver188,561
Bronze89,431
Hawaii
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 548
 
Certified Communities0/5
Participating Communities0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum12
Gold52
Silver247
Bronze237
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 157,181
 
Certified Communities0/102
Participating Communities3/102
Jobs Profiled98
Platinum2,450
Gold38,094
Silver80,977
Bronze35,660
Indiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 138,056
 
Certified Communities7/92
Participating Communities8/92
Jobs Profiled1,041
Platinum2,015
Gold29,831
Silver80,135
Bronze26,075
Iowa
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 129,029
 
Certified Communities2/99
Participating Communities4/99
Jobs Profiled86
Platinum4,654
Gold29,012
Silver66,952
Bronze28,411
Kansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 49,760
 
Certified Communities4/105
Participating Communities10/105
Jobs Profiled120
Platinum3,502
Gold12,234
Silver23,414
Bronze10,610
Kentucky
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 162,671
 
Certified Communities0/120
Participating Communities0/120
Jobs Profiled146
Platinum2,299
Gold29,244
Silver102,864
Bronze28,264
Louisiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 162,667
 
Certified Communities16/64
Participating Communities27/64
Jobs Profiled45
Platinum5,354
Gold23,146
Silver84,160
Bronze50,007
Maine
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 203
 
Certified Communities0/16
Participating Communities0/16
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum17
Gold64
Silver95
Bronze27
Maryland
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 998
 
Certified Communities0/24
Participating Communities1/24
Jobs Profiled10
Platinum85
Gold231
Silver478
Bronze204
Massachusetts
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,057
 
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled10
Platinum10
Gold158
Silver564
Bronze325
Michigan
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 640,805
 
Certified Communities2/83
Participating Communities13/83
Jobs Profiled124
Platinum5,387
Gold151,783
Silver336,919
Bronze146,716
Minnesota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 26,881
 
Certified Communities0/87
Participating Communities1/87
Jobs Profiled15
Platinum479
Gold7,324
Silver14,380
Bronze4,698
Mississippi
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 126,796
 
Certified Communities39/82
Participating Communities53/82
Jobs Profiled41
Platinum3,402
Gold18,485
Silver65,337
Bronze39,572
Missouri
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 131,594
 
Certified Communities83/115
Participating Communities100/115
Jobs Profiled395
Platinum3,996
Gold27,493
Silver69,192
Bronze30,913
Montana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,809
 
Certified Communities0/56
Participating Communities0/56
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum23
Gold397
Silver1,025
Bronze364
Nebraska
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,445
 
Certified Communities1/93
Participating Communities2/93
Jobs Profiled55
Platinum281
Gold894
Silver1,779
Bronze1,491
Nevada
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 11,812
 
Certified Communities1/17
Participating Communities1/17
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum720
Gold2,901
Silver5,423
Bronze2,768
New Hampshire
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 7,362
 
Certified Communities0/10
Participating Communities0/10
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum289
Gold1,584
Silver4,008
Bronze1,481
New Jersey
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 810
 
Certified Communities0/21
Participating Communities0/21
Jobs Profiled4
Platinum12
Gold107
Silver394
Bronze297
New Mexico
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 37,108
 
Certified Communities2/33
Participating Communities3/33
Jobs Profiled64
Platinum630
Gold6,483
Silver19,935
Bronze10,060
New York
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,161
 
Certified Communities0/62
Participating Communities1/62
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum397
Gold917
Silver1,857
Bronze990
North Carolina
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 513,702
 
Certified Communities45/100
Participating Communities67/100
Jobs Profiled971
Platinum18,787
Gold99,166
Silver272,877
Bronze122,872
North Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,403
 
Certified Communities0/53
Participating Communities0/53
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum259
Gold1,059
Silver665
Bronze420
Ohio
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 186,662
 
Certified Communities3/88
Participating Communities4/88
Jobs Profiled338
Platinum3,993
Gold40,499
Silver108,304
Bronze33,866
Oklahoma
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 147,066
 
Certified Communities1/77
Participating Communities2/77
Jobs Profiled228
Platinum2,390
Gold28,617
Silver84,098
Bronze31,961
Oregon
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 78,615
 
Certified Communities14/36
Participating Communities36/36
Jobs Profiled93
Platinum2,766
Gold22,256
Silver39,994
Bronze13,599
Pennsylvania
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 37,742
 
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled193
Platinum831
Gold9,474
Silver21,027
Bronze6,410
Rhode Island
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,056
 
Certified Communities0/5
Participating Communities0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum4
Gold117
Silver572
Bronze363
South Carolina
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 441,595
 
Certified Communities46/46
Participating Communities46/46
Jobs Profiled1,510
Platinum3,285
Gold71,113
Silver239,226
Bronze127,971
South Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 34,981
 
Certified Communities0/66
Participating Communities0/66
Jobs Profiled31
Platinum2,876
Gold9,439
Silver16,603
Bronze6,063
Tennessee
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 128,084
 
Certified Communities16/95
Participating Communities27/95
Jobs Profiled249
Platinum1,953
Gold29,562
Silver70,480
Bronze26,089
Texas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 29,672
 
Certified Communities3/254
Participating Communities5/254
Jobs Profiled186
Platinum1,008
Gold6,517
Silver16,542
Bronze5,605
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 2,943
 
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled36
Platinum26
Gold692
Silver1,653
Bronze572
Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 25,315
 
Certified Communities13/134
Participating Communities27/134
Jobs Profiled247
Platinum993
Gold4,024
Silver11,788
Bronze8,510
Washington
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,508
 
Certified Communities0/39
Participating Communities1/39
Jobs Profiled47
Platinum210
Gold1,713
Silver2,854
Bronze731
Washington DC
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 191
 
Certified Communities0/1
Participating Communities0/1
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum7
Gold17
Silver61
Bronze106
West Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 68,863
 
Certified Communities0/55
Participating Communities0/55
Jobs Profiled107
Platinum521
Gold12,227
Silver42,456
Bronze13,659
Wisconsin
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 293,094
 
Certified Communities0/72
Participating Communities1/72
Jobs Profiled43
Platinum21,529
Gold81,849
Silver134,998
Bronze54,718
Wyoming
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 9,918
 
Certified Communities0/23
Participating Communities2/23
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum132
Gold2,261
Silver5,609
Bronze1,916
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

4,904,375

ACT WorkKeys NCRC Levels:
  • Platinum:124,631
  • Gold:1,018,901
  • Silver:2,597,905
  • Bronze:1,162,938
Participating Counties: 493
Employers Supporting: 26,230
Jobs Profiled: 22,180

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.

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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

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