Next ACT Work Ready Communities Boot Camp

Begins April 17-18 with a follow up session July 17-18, 2019

Both sessions in Omaha, Nebraska

SAVE THE DATE

ACT 2019 Workforce Summit

October 28-30

Call for proposals coming soon!

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 189,380
 
Certified Communities11/67
Participating Communities18/67
Jobs Profiled270
Platinum6,433
Gold34,427
Silver93,268
Bronze55,252
Alaska
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 47,062
 
Certified Communities0/31
Participating Communities0/31
Jobs Profiled44
Platinum372
Gold8,935
Silver26,002
Bronze11,753
Arizona
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,170
 
Certified Communities0/15
Participating Communities0/15
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum93
Gold1,659
Silver4,856
Bronze1,562
Arkansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 76,337
 
Certified Communities5/75
Participating Communities22/75
Jobs Profiled123
Platinum981
Gold17,451
Silver44,529
Bronze13,376
California
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 13,426
 
Certified Communities0/58
Participating Communities1/58
Jobs Profiled68
Platinum246
Gold2,473
Silver7,281
Bronze3,426
Colorado
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 9,989
 
Certified Communities1/64
Participating Communities3/64
Jobs Profiled31
Platinum285
Gold1,464
Silver5,687
Bronze2,553
Connecticut
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,923
 
Certified Communities0/8
Participating Communities0/8
Jobs Profiled9
Platinum34
Gold421
Silver1,651
Bronze817
Delaware
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 421
 
Certified Communities0/3
Participating Communities0/3
Jobs Profiled1
Platinum3
Gold113
Silver250
Bronze55
Florida
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 114,794
 
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled498
Platinum286
Gold21,248
Silver64,594
Bronze28,666
Georgia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 341,233
 
Certified Communities0/159
Participating Communities0/159
Jobs Profiled1,029
Platinum2,370
Gold62,957
Silver187,490
Bronze88,416
Hawaii
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 438
 
Certified Communities0/5
Participating Communities0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum4
Gold39
Silver214
Bronze181
Idaho
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 162
 
Certified Communities0/44
Participating Communities0/44
Jobs Profiled14
Platinum4
Gold42
Silver87
Bronze29
Illinois
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 155,738
 
Certified Communities0/102
Participating Communities3/102
Jobs Profiled95
Platinum2,179
Gold37,664
Silver80,493
Bronze35,402
Indiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 135,407
 
Certified Communities6/92
Participating Communities8/92
Jobs Profiled1,009
Platinum1,482
Gold29,052
Silver79,316
Bronze25,557
Iowa
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 121,189
 
Certified Communities1/99
Participating Communities1/99
Jobs Profiled86
Platinum3,374
Gold27,220
Silver64,506
Bronze26,089
Kansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 35,720
 
Certified Communities3/105
Participating Communities5/105
Jobs Profiled120
Platinum1,525
Gold9,029
Silver18,481
Bronze6,685
Kentucky
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 157,085
 
Certified Communities0/120
Participating Communities0/120
Jobs Profiled141
Platinum1,513
Gold27,608
Silver100,347
Bronze27,617
Louisiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 127,961
 
Certified Communities14/64
Participating Communities21/64
Jobs Profiled42
Platinum2,765
Gold16,977
Silver69,197
Bronze39,022
Maine
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 143
 
Certified Communities0/16
Participating Communities0/16
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum6
Gold47
Silver76
Bronze14
Maryland
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 753
 
Certified Communities0/24
Participating Communities0/24
Jobs Profiled2
Platinum23
Gold156
Silver410
Bronze164
Massachusetts
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 959
 
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled10
Platinum7
Gold146
Silver519
Bronze287
Michigan
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 636,828
 
Certified Communities2/83
Participating Communities13/83
Jobs Profiled110
Platinum4,767
Gold150,876
Silver335,271
Bronze145,914
Minnesota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 26,096
 
Certified Communities0/87
Participating Communities1/87
Jobs Profiled15
Platinum329
Gold7,151
Silver14,134
Bronze4,482
Mississippi
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 105,225
 
Certified Communities22/82
Participating Communities45/82
Jobs Profiled37
Platinum1,792
Gold14,786
Silver57,240
Bronze31,407
Missouri
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 114,381
 
Certified Communities75/115
Participating Communities99/115
Jobs Profiled386
Platinum2,147
Gold24,011
Silver63,357
Bronze24,866
Montana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,792
 
Certified Communities0/56
Participating Communities0/56
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum20
Gold392
Silver1,020
Bronze360
Nebraska
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,091
 
Certified Communities0/93
Participating Communities1/93
Jobs Profiled55
Platinum170
Gold681
Silver1,359
Bronze881
Nevada
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,849
 
Certified Communities0/17
Participating Communities1/17
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum299
Gold2,108
Silver4,484
Bronze1,958
New Hampshire
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 6,897
 
Certified Communities0/10
Participating Communities0/10
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum174
Gold1,454
Silver3,870
Bronze1,399
New Jersey
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 787
 
Certified Communities0/21
Participating Communities0/21
Jobs Profiled4
Platinum5
Gold99
Silver388
Bronze295
New Mexico
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 35,267
 
Certified Communities2/33
Participating Communities2/33
Jobs Profiled64
Platinum369
Gold6,057
Silver19,326
Bronze9,515
New York
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,940
 
Certified Communities0/62
Participating Communities1/62
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum185
Gold601
Silver1,470
Bronze684
North Carolina
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 461,461
 
Certified Communities42/100
Participating Communities62/100
Jobs Profiled961
Platinum11,387
Gold87,733
Silver255,013
Bronze107,328
North Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,580
 
Certified Communities0/53
Participating Communities0/53
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum124
Gold567
Silver557
Bronze332
Ohio
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 172,709
 
Certified Communities3/88
Participating Communities4/88
Jobs Profiled329
Platinum2,286
Gold36,985
Silver103,264
Bronze30,174
Oklahoma
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 142,120
 
Certified Communities1/77
Participating Communities1/77
Jobs Profiled228
Platinum1,791
Gold27,498
Silver82,230
Bronze30,601
Oregon
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 71,772
 
Certified Communities14/36
Participating Communities36/36
Jobs Profiled93
Platinum1,543
Gold20,640
Silver37,915
Bronze11,674
Pennsylvania
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 35,638
 
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled191
Platinum555
Gold8,923
Silver20,347
Bronze5,813
Rhode Island
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,057
 
Certified Communities0/5
Participating Communities0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum4
Gold116
Silver574
Bronze363
South Carolina
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 439,549
 
Certified Communities46/46
Participating Communities46/46
Jobs Profiled1,492
Platinum2,901
Gold70,624
Silver238,464
Bronze127,560
South Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 27,234
 
Certified Communities0/66
Participating Communities0/66
Jobs Profiled31
Platinum1,457
Gold7,313
Silver14,162
Bronze4,302
Tennessee
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 123,341
 
Certified Communities14/95
Participating Communities25/95
Jobs Profiled244
Platinum1,101
Gold28,411
Silver68,910
Bronze24,919
Texas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 27,326
 
Certified Communities2/254
Participating Communities4/254
Jobs Profiled186
Platinum566
Gold5,890
Silver15,805
Bronze5,065
Utah
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,154
 
Certified Communities0/29
Participating Communities0/29
Jobs Profiled23
Platinum53
Gold1,264
Silver2,316
Bronze521
Vermont
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,906
 
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled36
Platinum21
Gold680
Silver1,643
Bronze562
Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 20,167
 
Certified Communities5/134
Participating Communities20/134
Jobs Profiled239
Platinum542
Gold3,223
Silver10,103
Bronze6,299
Washington
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,312
 
Certified Communities0/39
Participating Communities1/39
Jobs Profiled47
Platinum150
Gold1,647
Silver2,815
Bronze700
Washington DC
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 118
 
Certified Communities0/1
Participating Communities0/1
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum4
Gold8
Silver43
Bronze63
West Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 67,691
 
Certified Communities0/55
Participating Communities0/55
Jobs Profiled107
Platinum344
Gold11,895
Silver42,079
Bronze13,373
Wisconsin
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 184,311
 
Certified Communities0/72
Participating Communities1/72
Jobs Profiled38
Platinum1,485
Gold53,824
Silver99,416
Bronze29,586
Wyoming
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 9,504
 
Certified Communities0/23
Participating Communities2/23
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum68
Gold2,182
Silver5,445
Bronze1,809
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

4,545,577

ACT WorkKeys NCRC Levels:
  • Platinum:75,622
  • Gold:939,943
  • Silver:2,471,906
  • Bronze:1,058,106
Participating Counties: 447
Employers Supporting: 23,266
Jobs Profiled: 22,002

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.

Certify Your Workforce
Hire the Best Applicants
Validate a Job Seeker's WorkKeys NCRC
Workforce Toolkit

 
 
 
 
 
 
Employers recognize the ACT® WorkKeys® NCRC®

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Employers, to check whether a job seeker's National Career Readiness Certificate® is valid, enter the certificate number here.

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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

How Work Ready Communities are Winning the Growth Game

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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, 2019 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through January 31, 2019 , 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.