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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
Alabama
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 130,581
 
Certified Counties3/67
Participating Counties18/67
Jobs Profiled230
Platinum435
Gold23,071
Silver71,405
Bronze35,670
Alaska
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 45,591
 
Certified Counties0/31
Participating Counties0/31
Jobs Profiled44
Platinum162
Gold8,549
Silver25,463
Bronze11,417
Arizona
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 7,197
 
Certified Counties0/15
Participating Counties0/15
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum26
Gold1,463
Silver4,335
Bronze1,373
Arkansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 69,359
 
Certified Counties1/75
Participating Counties19/75
Jobs Profiled117
Platinum333
Gold15,796
Silver41,385
Bronze11,845
California
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 11,606
 
Certified Counties0/58
Participating Counties1/58
Jobs Profiled64
Platinum74
Gold2,092
Silver6,573
Bronze2,867
Colorado
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 6,168
 
Certified Counties1/64
Participating Counties1/64
Jobs Profiled22
Platinum10
Gold792
Silver4,002
Bronze1,364
Connecticut
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,576
 
Certified Counties0/8
Participating Counties0/8
Jobs Profiled9
Platinum2
Gold344
Silver1,525
Bronze705
Delaware
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 409
 
Certified Counties0/3
Participating Counties0/3
Jobs Profiled1
Platinum2
Gold109
Silver243
Bronze55
Florida
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 114,367
 
Certified Counties0/67
Participating Counties0/67
Jobs Profiled497
Platinum219
Gold21,149
Silver64,421
Bronze28,578
Georgia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 337,131
 
Certified Counties0/159
Participating Counties0/159
Jobs Profiled957
Platinum1,999
Gold62,082
Silver185,736
Bronze87,314
Hawaii
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 430
 
Certified Counties0/5
Participating Counties0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum0
Gold38
Silver212
Bronze180
Idaho
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 133
 
Certified Counties0/44
Participating Counties0/44
Jobs Profiled14
Platinum1
Gold35
Silver71
Bronze26
Illinois
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 152,596
 
Certified Counties0/102
Participating Counties3/102
Jobs Profiled76
Platinum1,760
Gold36,819
Silver79,140
Bronze34,877
Indiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 126,407
 
Certified Counties5/92
Participating Counties6/92
Jobs Profiled901
Platinum575
Gold26,792
Silver75,274
Bronze23,766
Iowa
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 100,094
 
Certified Counties0/99
Participating Counties0/99
Jobs Profiled85
Platinum493
Gold22,461
Silver56,871
Bronze20,269
Kansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 25,916
 
Certified Counties3/105
Participating Counties5/105
Jobs Profiled71
Platinum152
Gold6,560
Silver14,886
Bronze4,318
Kentucky
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 148,218
 
Certified Counties0/120
Participating Counties0/120
Jobs Profiled138
Platinum487
Gold25,272
Silver95,972
Bronze26,487
Louisiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 85,861
 
Certified Counties10/64
Participating Counties13/64
Jobs Profiled41
Platinum218
Gold10,414
Silver50,270
Bronze24,959
Maine
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 123
 
Certified Counties0/16
Participating Counties0/16
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum1
Gold40
Silver71
Bronze11
Maryland
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 602
 
Certified Counties0/24
Participating Counties0/24
Jobs Profiled1
Platinum4
Gold123
Silver354
Bronze121
Massachusetts
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 766
 
Certified Counties0/14
Participating Counties0/14
Jobs Profiled8
Platinum1
Gold119
Silver435
Bronze211
Michigan
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 528,741
 
Certified Counties2/83
Participating Counties13/83
Jobs Profiled109
Platinum3,373
Gold127,724
Silver270,897
Bronze126,747
Minnesota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 24,930
 
Certified Counties0/87
Participating Counties1/87
Jobs Profiled15
Platinum181
Gold6,896
Silver13,675
Bronze4,178
Mississippi
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 73,023
 
Certified Counties5/82
Participating Counties17/82
Jobs Profiled16
Platinum145
Gold9,966
Silver43,032
Bronze19,880
Missouri
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 91,491
 
Certified Counties46/115
Participating Counties84/115
Jobs Profiled351
Platinum320
Gold19,354
Silver53,434
Bronze18,383
Montana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,754
 
Certified Counties0/56
Participating Counties0/56
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum11
Gold382
Silver1,005
Bronze356
Nebraska
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,702
 
Certified Counties0/93
Participating Counties1/93
Jobs Profiled41
Platinum10
Gold402
Silver894
Bronze396
Nevada
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,861
 
Certified Counties0/17
Participating Counties0/17
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum23
Gold1,395
Silver3,252
Bronze1,191
New Hampshire
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 6,033
 
Certified Counties0/10
Participating Counties0/10
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum22
Gold1,191
Silver3,561
Bronze1,259
New Jersey
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 746
 
Certified Counties0/21
Participating Counties0/21
Jobs Profiled4
Platinum0
Gold94
Silver372
Bronze280
New Mexico
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 30,833
 
Certified Counties2/33
Participating Counties2/33
Jobs Profiled64
Platinum81
Gold5,166
Silver17,220
Bronze8,366
New York
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,734
 
Certified Counties0/62
Participating Counties0/62
Jobs Profiled25
Platinum8
Gold302
Silver1,035
Bronze389
North Carolina
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 385,352
 
Certified Counties28/100
Participating Counties50/100
Jobs Profiled931
Platinum1,046
Gold71,400
Silver226,098
Bronze86,808
North Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 752
 
Certified Counties0/53
Participating Counties0/53
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum0
Gold135
Silver399
Bronze218
Ohio
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 149,788
 
Certified Counties1/88
Participating Counties3/88
Jobs Profiled314
Platinum495
Gold32,084
Silver92,836
Bronze24,373
Oklahoma
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 131,775
 
Certified Counties1/77
Participating Counties1/77
Jobs Profiled217
Platinum475
Gold25,122
Silver78,020
Bronze28,158
Oregon
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 63,119
 
Certified Counties12/36
Participating Counties36/36
Jobs Profiled82
Platinum614
Gold18,752
Silver34,361
Bronze9,392
Pennsylvania
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 31,264
 
Certified Counties0/67
Participating Counties0/67
Jobs Profiled159
Platinum145
Gold7,910
Silver18,446
Bronze4,763
Rhode Island
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,037
 
Certified Counties0/5
Participating Counties0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum1
Gold114
Silver563
Bronze359
South Carolina
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 416,857
 
Certified Counties46/46
Participating Counties46/46
Jobs Profiled1,366
Platinum967
Gold66,276
Silver228,706
Bronze120,908
South Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 19,729
 
Certified Counties0/66
Participating Counties0/66
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum104
Gold5,380
Silver11,551
Bronze2,694
Tennessee
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 116,389
 
Certified Counties11/95
Participating Counties21/95
Jobs Profiled204
Platinum82
Gold26,695
Silver66,146
Bronze23,466
Texas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 22,994
 
Certified Counties1/254
Participating Counties3/254
Jobs Profiled177
Platinum83
Gold4,834
Silver13,847
Bronze4,230
Utah
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,917
 
Certified Counties0/29
Participating Counties0/29
Jobs Profiled23
Platinum25
Gold1,184
Silver2,219
Bronze489
Vermont
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,779
 
Certified Counties0/14
Participating Counties0/14
Jobs Profiled36
Platinum13
Gold651
Silver1,574
Bronze541
Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 14,449
 
Certified Counties4/134
Participating Counties8/134
Jobs Profiled226
Platinum47
Gold2,287
Silver8,082
Bronze4,033
Washington
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,867
 
Certified Counties0/39
Participating Counties1/39
Jobs Profiled47
Platinum54
Gold1,517
Silver2,666
Bronze630
Washington DC
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 84
 
Certified Counties0/1
Participating Counties0/1
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum2
Gold7
Silver37
Bronze38
West Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 65,553
 
Certified Counties0/55
Participating Counties0/55
Jobs Profiled107
Platinum120
Gold11,377
Silver41,171
Bronze12,885
Wisconsin
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 181,209
 
Certified Counties0/72
Participating Counties0/72
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum1,147
Gold53,063
Silver98,259
Bronze28,740
Wyoming
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,988
 
Certified Counties0/23
Participating Counties2/23
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum7
Gold2,088
Silver5,233
Bronze1,660
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.
 
ACT WorkKeys NCRC Earned State Rankings
  • Top
  • 1-10
  • 11-20
  • 21-30
  • 31-40
  • 41-50
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

What is an ACT® Work Ready Community?

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

3,944,361

ACT WorkKeys NCRC Levels:
  • Platinum:18,649
  • Gold:812,168
  • Silver:2,211,288
  • Bronze:902,256
Total Certified Counties: 182
Employers Supporting: 17,490
Jobs Profiled: 21,314

Work Ready Communities Academy

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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For States and Counties

Both states and counties may engage in the ACT Work Ready Communities program. Any municipality may be accepted into the Academy 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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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, 2017 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through June 30, 2017 , 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.