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ACT WRC Boot Camps

  • Next Online Virtual Bootcamp Session
  • March 23, 25, 30 and April 1, 2021
  • Seating is limited. Apply Now

ACT’s Ready for Work Podcast

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

ACT WRC Alumni Calls - 1pm CT

  • February 25, 2021
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  • August 26, 2021
 

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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

Alabama

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 272,112
Certified Communities16/67
Participating Communities18/67
Jobs Profiled307
Platinum17,996
Gold50,743
Silver122,014
Bronze81,359

Alaska

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 47,976
Certified Communities0/31
Participating Communities0/31
Jobs Profiled46
Platinum539
Gold9,128
Silver26,293
Bronze12,016

Arizona

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,827
Certified Communities0/15
Participating Communities0/15
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum153
Gold1,816
Silver5,137
Bronze1,721

Arkansas

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 83,882
Certified Communities16/75
Participating Communities26/75
Jobs Profiled126
Platinum1,963
Gold19,212
Silver47,258
Bronze15,449

California

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 18,436
Certified Communities0/58
Participating Communities1/58
Jobs Profiled68
Platinum776
Gold3,495
Silver9,226
Bronze4,939

Colorado

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 16,852
Certified Communities1/64
Participating Communities3/64
Jobs Profiled35
Platinum804
Gold2,631
Silver8,385
Bronze5,032

Connecticut

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,132
Certified Communities0/8
Participating Communities0/8
Jobs Profiled9
Platinum59
Gold451
Silver1,725
Bronze897

Delaware

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 424
Certified Communities0/3
Participating Communities0/3
Jobs Profiled1
Platinum4
Gold113
Silver250
Bronze57

Florida

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 115,472
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled500
Platinum386
Gold21,395
Silver64,840
Bronze28,851

Georgia

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 345,210
Certified Communities0/159
Participating Communities0/159
Jobs Profiled1,030
Platinum2,810
Gold63,762
Silver188,941
Bronze89,697

Guam

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,710
Certified Communities0/1
Participating Communities1/1
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum225
Gold818
Silver2,594
Bronze2,073

Hawaii

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 604
Certified Communities0/5
Participating Communities0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum15
Gold65
Silver259
Bronze265

Idaho

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 174
Certified Communities0/44
Participating Communities0/44
Jobs Profiled14
Platinum8
Gold43
Silver94
Bronze29

Illinois

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 158,054
Certified Communities0/102
Participating Communities3/102
Jobs Profiled98
Platinum2,600
Gold38,355
Silver81,279
Bronze35,820

Indiana

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 139,496
Certified Communities7/92
Participating Communities7/92
Jobs Profiled1,045
Platinum2,283
Gold30,237
Silver80,615
Bronze26,361

Iowa

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 130,709
Certified Communities2/99
Participating Communities5/99
Jobs Profiled86
Platinum4,945
Gold29,392
Silver67,494
Bronze28,878

Kansas

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 59,150
Certified Communities4/105
Participating Communities10/105
Jobs Profiled120
Platinum4,950
Gold14,412
Silver26,631
Bronze13,157

Kentucky

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 165,145
Certified Communities0/120
Participating Communities0/120
Jobs Profiled147
Platinum2,678
Gold29,934
Silver103,944
Bronze28,589

Louisiana

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 185,271
Certified Communities18/64
Participating Communities28/64
Jobs Profiled46
Platinum7,089
Gold26,872
Silver94,323
Bronze56,987

Maine

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 261
Certified Communities0/16
Participating Communities0/16
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum27
Gold82
Silver112
Bronze40

Maryland

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,227
Certified Communities0/24
Participating Communities1/24
Jobs Profiled17
Platinum123
Gold294
Silver553
Bronze257

Massachusetts

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,101
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled10
Platinum17
Gold164
Silver575
Bronze345

Michigan

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 642,072
Certified Communities2/83
Participating Communities13/83
Jobs Profiled124
Platinum5,611
Gold152,108
Silver337,450
Bronze146,903

Minnesota

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 27,297
Certified Communities0/87
Participating Communities1/87
Jobs Profiled15
Platinum563
Gold7,426
Silver14,518
Bronze4,790

Mississippi

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 139,547
Certified Communities46/82
Participating Communities55/82
Jobs Profiled42
Platinum4,491
Gold20,666
Silver70,414
Bronze43,976

Missouri

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 138,538
Certified Communities84/115
Participating Communities102/115
Jobs Profiled400
Platinum4,662
Gold28,799
Silver71,698
Bronze33,379

Montana

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,826
Certified Communities0/56
Participating Communities0/56
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum25
Gold402
Silver1,029
Bronze370

Nebraska

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,808
Certified Communities1/93
Participating Communities2/93
Jobs Profiled55
Platinum324
Gold963
Silver1,904
Bronze1,617

Nevada

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 13,453
Certified Communities1/17
Participating Communities1/17
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum952
Gold3,316
Silver6,015
Bronze3,170

New Hampshire

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 7,503
Certified Communities0/10
Participating Communities0/10
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum319
Gold1,624
Silver4,045
Bronze1,515

New Jersey

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 899
Certified Communities0/21
Participating Communities0/21
Jobs Profiled4
Platinum47
Gold128
Silver410
Bronze314

New Mexico

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 37,544
Certified Communities2/33
Participating Communities3/33
Jobs Profiled64
Platinum676
Gold6,585
Silver20,100
Bronze10,183

New York

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,676
Certified Communities0/62
Participating Communities1/62
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum492
Gold1,050
Silver2,021
Bronze1,113

North Carolina

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 528,149
Certified Communities47/100
Participating Communities67/100
Jobs Profiled976
Platinum20,735
Gold102,220
Silver277,950
Bronze127,244

North Dakota

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,392
Certified Communities0/53
Participating Communities0/53
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum424
Gold1,684
Silver810
Bronze474

Ohio

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 216,535
Certified Communities3/88
Participating Communities4/88
Jobs Profiled340
Platinum5,560
Gold44,089
Silver117,940
Bronze48,946

Oklahoma

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 149,336
Certified Communities1/77
Participating Communities2/77
Jobs Profiled228
Platinum2,696
Gold29,102
Silver84,982
Bronze32,556

Oregon

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 79,743
Certified Communities16/36
Participating Communities36/36
Jobs Profiled93
Platinum3,041
Gold22,535
Silver40,304
Bronze13,863

Pennsylvania

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 38,412
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled193
Platinum930
Gold9,632
Silver21,249
Bronze6,601

Rhode Island

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,058
Certified Communities0/5
Participating Communities0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum4
Gold118
Silver572
Bronze364

South Carolina

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 442,267
Certified Communities46/46
Participating Communities46/46
Jobs Profiled1,513
Platinum3,419
Gold71,281
Silver239,469
Bronze128,098

South Dakota

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 40,407
Certified Communities0/66
Participating Communities0/66
Jobs Profiled31
Platinum3,877
Gold10,821
Silver18,530
Bronze7,179

Tennessee

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 131,270
Certified Communities16/95
Participating Communities27/95
Jobs Profiled249
Platinum2,529
Gold30,337
Silver71,561
Bronze26,843

Texas

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 31,097
Certified Communities3/254
Participating Communities5/254
Jobs Profiled186
Platinum1,292
Gold6,933
Silver17,020
Bronze5,852

Utah

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,221
Certified Communities0/29
Participating Communities0/29
Jobs Profiled23
Platinum74
Gold1,281
Silver2,330
Bronze536

Vermont

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,122
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled36
Platinum36
Gold731
Silver1,716
Bronze639

Virginia

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 27,302
Certified Communities14/134
Participating Communities27/134
Jobs Profiled247
Platinum1,220
Gold4,362
Silver12,468
Bronze9,252

Washington

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,534
Certified Communities0/39
Participating Communities1/39
Jobs Profiled47
Platinum214
Gold1,724
Silver2,862
Bronze734

Washington DC

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 224
Certified Communities0/1
Participating Communities0/1
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum9
Gold25
Silver73
Bronze117

West Virginia

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 69,734
Certified Communities0/55
Participating Communities1/55
Jobs Profiled107
Platinum644
Gold12,503
Silver42,781
Bronze13,806

Wisconsin

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 293,401
Certified Communities0/72
Participating Communities1/72
Jobs Profiled45
Platinum21,580
Gold81,910
Silver135,083
Bronze54,828

Wyoming

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 10,089
Certified Communities0/23
Participating Communities3/23
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum159
Gold2,290
Silver5,680
Bronze1,960

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

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

"The Mississippi Economic Council appreciates both the Legislature and the Mississippi Department of Education for providing an additional focus on career and technical education. This is another example of the importance of making sure our students have the tools necessary to help them make career decisions that can lead to long-term success right here in Mississippi. The ACT WorkKeys assessment is being used more and more by businesses across the state and provides our students a great pathway to a successful career."

Scott Waller
President and CEO of MEC

"Now more than ever, Missouri needs a strong, skilled workforce to move our economy forward. Initiatives like ACT's Work Ready Communities are critical to preparing our future generation for high-skill, high-demand jobs, and we are proud to be leading the nation in this effort."

Mike Parson
Missouri Governor

"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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