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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 253,898
Certified Communities16/67
Participating Communities18/67
Jobs Profiled305
Platinum15,372
Gold47,146
Silver116,093
Bronze75,287

Alaska

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 47,893
Certified Communities0/31
Participating Communities0/31
Jobs Profiled46
Platinum530
Gold9,113
Silver26,267
Bronze11,983

Arizona

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,737
Certified Communities0/15
Participating Communities0/15
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum144
Gold1,792
Silver5,102
Bronze1,699

Arkansas

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 83,086
Certified Communities16/75
Participating Communities26/75
Jobs Profiled125
Platinum1,866
Gold19,033
Silver46,960
Bronze15,227

California

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 17,363
Certified Communities0/58
Participating Communities1/58
Jobs Profiled68
Platinum688
Gold3,295
Silver8,776
Bronze4,604

Colorado

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 15,693
Certified Communities1/64
Participating Communities3/64
Jobs Profiled35
Platinum715
Gold2,452
Silver7,911
Bronze4,615

Connecticut

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,128
Certified Communities0/8
Participating Communities0/8
Jobs Profiled9
Platinum59
Gold451
Silver1,722
Bronze896

Delaware

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 423
Certified Communities0/3
Participating Communities0/3
Jobs Profiled1
Platinum3
Gold114
Silver250
Bronze56

Florida

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 115,362
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled500
Platinum365
Gold21,366
Silver64,797
Bronze28,834

Georgia

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 344,887
Certified Communities0/159
Participating Communities0/159
Jobs Profiled1,030
Platinum2,764
Gold63,703
Silver188,798
Bronze89,622

Guam

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,679
Certified Communities0/1
Participating Communities0/1
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum220
Gold815
Silver2,579
Bronze2,065

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 171
Certified Communities0/44
Participating Communities0/44
Jobs Profiled14
Platinum8
Gold42
Silver92
Bronze29

Illinois

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 157,683
Certified Communities0/102
Participating Communities3/102
Jobs Profiled98
Platinum2,526
Gold38,244
Silver81,148
Bronze35,765

Indiana

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 139,013
Certified Communities7/92
Participating Communities8/92
Jobs Profiled1,044
Platinum2,196
Gold30,099
Silver80,444
Bronze26,274

Iowa

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 130,143
Certified Communities2/99
Participating Communities4/99
Jobs Profiled86
Platinum4,874
Gold29,264
Silver67,296
Bronze28,709

Kansas

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 57,664
Certified Communities4/105
Participating Communities10/105
Jobs Profiled120
Platinum4,736
Gold14,038
Silver26,125
Bronze12,765

Kentucky

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 164,453
Certified Communities0/120
Participating Communities0/120
Jobs Profiled146
Platinum2,538
Gold29,740
Silver103,678
Bronze28,497

Louisiana

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 168,283
Certified Communities16/64
Participating Communities27/64
Jobs Profiled46
Platinum5,911
Gold24,333
Silver87,018
Bronze51,021

Maine

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 235
Certified Communities0/16
Participating Communities0/16
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum22
Gold74
Silver103
Bronze36

Maryland

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,066
Certified Communities0/24
Participating Communities1/24
Jobs Profiled15
Platinum98
Gold256
Silver497
Bronze215

Massachusetts

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,083
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled10
Platinum14
Gold162
Silver572
Bronze335

Michigan

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 641,542
Certified Communities2/83
Participating Communities13/83
Jobs Profiled124
Platinum5,515
Gold151,972
Silver337,226
Bronze146,829

Minnesota

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 27,162
Certified Communities0/87
Participating Communities1/87
Jobs Profiled15
Platinum540
Gold7,407
Silver14,463
Bronze4,752

Mississippi

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 133,517
Certified Communities44/82
Participating Communities55/82
Jobs Profiled42
Platinum4,013
Gold19,652
Silver67,997
Bronze41,855

Missouri

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 136,257
Certified Communities83/115
Participating Communities100/115
Jobs Profiled396
Platinum4,444
Gold28,374
Silver70,818
Bronze32,621

Montana

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,814
Certified Communities0/56
Participating Communities0/56
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum24
Gold400
Silver1,026
Bronze364

Nebraska

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,669
Certified Communities1/93
Participating Communities2/93
Jobs Profiled55
Platinum308
Gold941
Silver1,851
Bronze1,569

Nevada

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 13,116
Certified Communities1/17
Participating Communities1/17
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum912
Gold3,244
Silver5,894
Bronze3,066

New Hampshire

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 7,461
Certified Communities0/10
Participating Communities0/10
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum315
Gold1,613
Silver4,036
Bronze1,497

New Jersey

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 891
Certified Communities0/21
Participating Communities0/21
Jobs Profiled4
Platinum44
Gold128
Silver408
Bronze311

New Mexico

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 37,437
Certified Communities2/33
Participating Communities3/33
Jobs Profiled64
Platinum667
Gold6,559
Silver20,048
Bronze10,163

New York

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,463
Certified Communities0/62
Participating Communities1/62
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum460
Gold996
Silver1,954
Bronze1,053

North Carolina

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 515,833
Certified Communities47/100
Participating Communities67/100
Jobs Profiled975
Platinum19,057
Gold99,602
Silver273,627
Bronze123,547

North Dakota

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,908
Certified Communities0/53
Participating Communities0/53
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum337
Gold1,411
Silver705
Bronze455

Ohio

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 198,175
Certified Communities3/88
Participating Communities4/88
Jobs Profiled339
Platinum4,870
Gold42,214
Silver111,978
Bronze39,113

Oklahoma

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 148,378
Certified Communities1/77
Participating Communities2/77
Jobs Profiled228
Platinum2,569
Gold28,903
Silver84,585
Bronze32,321

Oregon

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 79,586
Certified Communities14/36
Participating Communities36/36
Jobs Profiled93
Platinum2,974
Gold22,487
Silver40,277
Bronze13,848

Pennsylvania

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 38,185
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled193
Platinum899
Gold9,584
Silver21,168
Bronze6,534

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 441,935
Certified Communities46/46
Participating Communities46/46
Jobs Profiled1,513
Platinum3,352
Gold71,201
Silver239,348
Bronze128,034

South Dakota

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 36,495
Certified Communities0/66
Participating Communities0/66
Jobs Profiled31
Platinum3,151
Gold9,814
Silver17,147
Bronze6,383

Tennessee

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 129,666
Certified Communities16/95
Participating Communities27/95
Jobs Profiled249
Platinum2,265
Gold29,972
Silver70,978
Bronze26,451

Texas

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 30,448
Certified Communities3/254
Participating Communities5/254
Jobs Profiled186
Platinum1,150
Gold6,743
Silver16,793
Bronze5,762

Utah

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,220
Certified Communities0/29
Participating Communities0/29
Jobs Profiled23
Platinum73
Gold1,281
Silver2,331
Bronze535

Vermont

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,945
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled36
Platinum26
Gold692
Silver1,654
Bronze573

Virginia

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 26,771
Certified Communities13/134
Participating Communities27/134
Jobs Profiled247
Platinum1,151
Gold4,254
Silver12,278
Bronze9,088

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 221
Certified Communities0/1
Participating Communities0/1
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum9
Gold24
Silver72
Bronze116

West Virginia

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 69,423
Certified Communities0/55
Participating Communities1/55
Jobs Profiled107
Platinum593
Gold12,399
Silver42,686
Bronze13,745

Wisconsin

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 293,197
Certified Communities0/72
Participating Communities1/72
Jobs Profiled44
Platinum21,553
Gold81,862
Silver135,024
Bronze54,758

Wyoming

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 10,063
Certified Communities0/23
Participating Communities3/23
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum154
Gold2,287
Silver5,670
Bronze1,952

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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