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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 254,412
Certified Communities16/67
Participating Communities18/67
Jobs Profiled305
Platinum15,433
Gold47,243
Silver116,286
Bronze75,450

Alaska

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 47,895
Certified Communities0/31
Participating Communities0/31
Jobs Profiled46
Platinum531
Gold9,113
Silver26,268
Bronze11,983

Arizona

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,744
Certified Communities0/15
Participating Communities0/15
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum145
Gold1,796
Silver5,103
Bronze1,700

Arkansas

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 83,203
Certified Communities16/75
Participating Communities26/75
Jobs Profiled126
Platinum1,895
Gold19,060
Silver46,998
Bronze15,250

California

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 17,757
Certified Communities0/58
Participating Communities1/58
Jobs Profiled68
Platinum723
Gold3,379
Silver8,945
Bronze4,710

Colorado

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 15,936
Certified Communities1/64
Participating Communities3/64
Jobs Profiled35
Platinum734
Gold2,484
Silver8,019
Bronze4,699

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 115,395
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled500
Platinum369
Gold21,373
Silver64,813
Bronze28,840

Georgia

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 344,964
Certified Communities0/159
Participating Communities0/159
Jobs Profiled1,030
Platinum2,773
Gold63,716
Silver188,833
Bronze89,642

Guam

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,679
Certified Communities0/1
Participating Communities1/1
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 173
Certified Communities0/44
Participating Communities0/44
Jobs Profiled14
Platinum8
Gold43
Silver93
Bronze29

Illinois

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 157,760
Certified Communities0/102
Participating Communities3/102
Jobs Profiled98
Platinum2,536
Gold38,261
Silver81,182
Bronze35,781

Indiana

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 139,087
Certified Communities7/92
Participating Communities7/92
Jobs Profiled1,045
Platinum2,203
Gold30,120
Silver80,479
Bronze26,285

Iowa

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 130,206
Certified Communities2/99
Participating Communities5/99
Jobs Profiled86
Platinum4,885
Gold29,285
Silver67,314
Bronze28,722

Kansas

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 57,750
Certified Communities4/105
Participating Communities10/105
Jobs Profiled120
Platinum4,746
Gold14,063
Silver26,153
Bronze12,788

Kentucky

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 164,593
Certified Communities0/120
Participating Communities0/120
Jobs Profiled146
Platinum2,557
Gold29,782
Silver103,733
Bronze28,521

Louisiana

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 169,881
Certified Communities16/64
Participating Communities27/64
Jobs Profiled46
Platinum5,997
Gold24,542
Silver87,658
Bronze51,684

Maine

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 243
Certified Communities0/16
Participating Communities0/16
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum25
Gold76
Silver104
Bronze38

Maryland

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,077
Certified Communities0/24
Participating Communities1/24
Jobs Profiled16
Platinum98
Gold258
Silver505
Bronze216

Massachusetts

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,094
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled10
Platinum16
Gold162
Silver574
Bronze342

Michigan

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 641,659
Certified Communities2/83
Participating Communities13/83
Jobs Profiled124
Platinum5,537
Gold151,996
Silver337,277
Bronze146,849

Minnesota

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 27,224
Certified Communities0/87
Participating Communities1/87
Jobs Profiled15
Platinum547
Gold7,412
Silver14,488
Bronze4,777

Mississippi

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 134,782
Certified Communities45/82
Participating Communities55/82
Jobs Profiled42
Platinum4,110
Gold19,853
Silver68,524
Bronze42,295

Missouri

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 136,732
Certified Communities83/115
Participating Communities102/115
Jobs Profiled396
Platinum4,485
Gold28,451
Silver71,015
Bronze32,781

Montana

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,815
Certified Communities0/56
Participating Communities0/56
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum24
Gold400
Silver1,027
Bronze364

Nebraska

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,726
Certified Communities1/93
Participating Communities2/93
Jobs Profiled55
Platinum316
Gold947
Silver1,875
Bronze1,588

Nevada

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 13,182
Certified Communities1/17
Participating Communities1/17
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum920
Gold3,256
Silver5,922
Bronze3,084

New Hampshire

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 7,472
Certified Communities0/10
Participating Communities0/10
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum317
Gold1,618
Silver4,037
Bronze1,500

New Jersey

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 895
Certified Communities0/21
Participating Communities0/21
Jobs Profiled4
Platinum45
Gold128
Silver410
Bronze312

New Mexico

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 37,454
Certified Communities2/33
Participating Communities3/33
Jobs Profiled64
Platinum667
Gold6,564
Silver20,055
Bronze10,168

New York

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,502
Certified Communities0/62
Participating Communities1/62
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum461
Gold1,003
Silver1,962
Bronze1,076

North Carolina

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 516,183
Certified Communities47/100
Participating Communities67/100
Jobs Profiled975
Platinum19,095
Gold99,664
Silver273,785
Bronze123,639

North Dakota

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,986
Certified Communities0/53
Participating Communities0/53
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum355
Gold1,458
Silver717
Bronze456

Ohio

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 214,009
Certified Communities3/88
Participating Communities4/88
Jobs Profiled340
Platinum5,220
Gold43,428
Silver116,974
Bronze48,387

Oklahoma

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 148,625
Certified Communities1/77
Participating Communities2/77
Jobs Profiled228
Platinum2,604
Gold28,953
Silver84,681
Bronze32,387

Oregon

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 79,630
Certified Communities14/36
Participating Communities36/36
Jobs Profiled93
Platinum2,992
Gold22,504
Silver40,282
Bronze13,852

Pennsylvania

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 38,299
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled193
Platinum911
Gold9,602
Silver21,207
Bronze6,579

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 442,004
Certified Communities46/46
Participating Communities46/46
Jobs Profiled1,513
Platinum3,366
Gold71,221
Silver239,372
Bronze128,045

South Dakota

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 37,870
Certified Communities0/66
Participating Communities0/66
Jobs Profiled31
Platinum3,452
Gold10,175
Silver17,616
Bronze6,627

Tennessee

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 130,034
Certified Communities16/95
Participating Communities27/95
Jobs Profiled249
Platinum2,314
Gold30,041
Silver71,114
Bronze26,565

Texas

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 30,579
Certified Communities3/254
Participating Communities5/254
Jobs Profiled186
Platinum1,168
Gold6,786
Silver16,834
Bronze5,791

Utah

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,221
Certified Communities0/29
Participating Communities0/29
Jobs Profiled23
Platinum73
Gold1,281
Silver2,331
Bronze536

Vermont

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,965
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled36
Platinum26
Gold696
Silver1,661
Bronze582

Virginia

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 26,851
Certified Communities13/134
Participating Communities27/134
Jobs Profiled247
Platinum1,159
Gold4,272
Silver12,307
Bronze9,113

Washington

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,527
Certified Communities0/39
Participating Communities1/39
Jobs Profiled47
Platinum214
Gold1,720
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 69,504
Certified Communities0/55
Participating Communities1/55
Jobs Profiled107
Platinum607
Gold12,426
Silver42,713
Bronze13,758

Wisconsin

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 293,258
Certified Communities0/72
Participating Communities1/72
Jobs Profiled45
Platinum21,560
Gold81,883
Silver135,039
Bronze54,776

Wyoming

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 10,072
Certified Communities0/23
Participating Communities3/23
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum155
Gold2,289
Silver5,672
Bronze1,956

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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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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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