Affording Communities a Competitive Advantage
 
States with State or County Led ACT Work Ready Communities
Alabama
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 84,000
 
Certified Counties0/67
Participating Counties10/67
Jobs Profiled221
Platinum335
Gold15,030
Silver45,131
Bronze23,504
Alaska
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 44,689
 
Certified Counties0/31
Participating Counties0/31
Jobs Profiled44
Platinum154
Gold8,332
Silver24,974
Bronze11,229
Arizona
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 6,244
 
Certified Counties0/15
Participating Counties0/15
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum25
Gold1,281
Silver3,764
Bronze1,174
Arkansas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 65,360
 
Certified Counties0/75
Participating Counties5/75
Jobs Profiled110
Platinum322
Gold15,003
Silver38,858
Bronze11,177
California
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 10,238
 
Certified Counties0/58
Participating Counties1/58
Jobs Profiled62
Platinum70
Gold1,852
Silver5,762
Bronze2,554
Colorado
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,068
 
Certified Counties0/64
Participating Counties0/64
Jobs Profiled16
Platinum5
Gold207
Silver1,353
Bronze503
Connecticut
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,427
 
Certified Counties0/8
Participating Counties0/8
Jobs Profiled9
Platinum2
Gold329
Silver1,454
Bronze642
Delaware
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 291
 
Certified Counties0/3
Participating Counties0/3
Jobs Profiled1
Platinum0
Gold72
Silver178
Bronze41
Florida
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 114,234
 
Certified Counties0/67
Participating Counties0/67
Jobs Profiled497
Platinum219
Gold21,114
Silver64,354
Bronze28,547
Georgia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 334,370
 
Certified Counties0/159
Participating Counties0/159
Jobs Profiled952
Platinum1,987
Gold61,528
Silver184,078
Bronze86,777
Hawaii
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 427
 
Certified Counties0/5
Participating Counties0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum0
Gold38
Silver212
Bronze177
Idaho
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 109
 
Certified Counties0/44
Participating Counties0/44
Jobs Profiled14
Platinum0
Gold29
Silver57
Bronze23
Illinois
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 150,879
 
Certified Counties0/102
Participating Counties3/102
Jobs Profiled72
Platinum1,748
Gold36,366
Silver78,104
Bronze34,661
Indiana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 120,249
 
Certified Counties3/92
Participating Counties6/92
Jobs Profiled866
Platinum564
Gold25,489
Silver71,538
Bronze22,658
Iowa
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 85,453
 
Certified Counties0/99
Participating Counties0/99
Jobs Profiled84
Platinum450
Gold19,410
Silver48,477
Bronze17,116
Kansas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 21,679
 
Certified Counties1/105
Participating Counties4/105
Jobs Profiled71
Platinum139
Gold5,629
Silver12,435
Bronze3,476
Kentucky
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 129,003
 
Certified Counties0/120
Participating Counties0/120
Jobs Profiled138
Platinum461
Gold22,535
Silver82,186
Bronze23,821
Louisiana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 65,477
 
Certified Counties7/64
Participating Counties11/64
Jobs Profiled34
Platinum192
Gold8,556
Silver37,008
Bronze19,721
Maine
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 110
 
Certified Counties0/16
Participating Counties0/16
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum1
Gold33
Silver66
Bronze10
Maryland
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 522
 
Certified Counties0/24
Participating Counties0/24
Jobs Profiled1
Platinum4
Gold99
Silver306
Bronze113
Massachusetts
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 582
 
Certified Counties0/14
Participating Counties0/14
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum1
Gold95
Silver325
Bronze161
Michigan
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 514,658
 
Certified Counties0/83
Participating Counties13/83
Jobs Profiled109
Platinum3,357
Gold125,987
Silver262,447
Bronze122,867
Minnesota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 23,672
 
Certified Counties0/87
Participating Counties0/87
Jobs Profiled15
Platinum174
Gold6,576
Silver12,957
Bronze3,965
Mississippi
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 61,576
 
Certified Counties0/82
Participating Counties8/82
Jobs Profiled13
Platinum131
Gold8,607
Silver36,351
Bronze16,487
Missouri
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 78,243
 
Certified Counties34/115
Participating Counties78/115
Jobs Profiled329
Platinum282
Gold16,737
Silver45,630
Bronze15,594
Montana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,688
 
Certified Counties0/56
Participating Counties0/56
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum11
Gold363
Silver961
Bronze353
Nebraska
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,043
 
Certified Counties0/93
Participating Counties0/93
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum6
Gold229
Silver558
Bronze250
Nevada
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,620
 
Certified Counties0/17
Participating Counties0/17
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum21
Gold1,235
Silver2,504
Bronze860
New Hampshire
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,453
 
Certified Counties0/10
Participating Counties0/10
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum17
Gold1,035
Silver3,225
Bronze1,176
New Jersey
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 707
 
Certified Counties0/21
Participating Counties0/21
Jobs Profiled4
Platinum0
Gold86
Silver353
Bronze268
New Mexico
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 27,027
 
Certified Counties1/33
Participating Counties2/33
Jobs Profiled64
Platinum63
Gold4,492
Silver15,031
Bronze7,441
New York
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,496
 
Certified Counties0/62
Participating Counties0/62
Jobs Profiled21
Platinum8
Gold254
Silver896
Bronze338
North Carolina
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 334,636
 
Certified Counties13/100
Participating Counties37/100
Jobs Profiled905
Platinum912
Gold60,842
Silver196,792
Bronze76,090
North Dakota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 654
 
Certified Counties0/53
Participating Counties1/53
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum0
Gold122
Silver360
Bronze172
Ohio
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 137,147
 
Certified Counties1/88
Participating Counties3/88
Jobs Profiled303
Platinum465
Gold29,687
Silver84,946
Bronze22,049
Oklahoma
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 118,009
 
Certified Counties1/77
Participating Counties1/77
Jobs Profiled215
Platinum447
Gold22,486
Silver69,614
Bronze25,462
Oregon
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 55,343
 
Certified Counties11/36
Participating Counties36/36
Jobs Profiled81
Platinum571
Gold17,042
Silver29,994
Bronze7,736
Pennsylvania
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 26,913
 
Certified Counties0/67
Participating Counties0/67
Jobs Profiled157
Platinum132
Gold7,007
Silver15,844
Bronze3,930
Rhode Island
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,008
 
Certified Counties0/5
Participating Counties0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum1
Gold113
Silver545
Bronze349
South Carolina
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 356,217
 
Certified Counties46/46
Participating Counties46/46
Jobs Profiled1,265
Platinum857
Gold55,948
Silver194,872
Bronze104,540
South Dakota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 15,305
 
Certified Counties0/66
Participating Counties0/66
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum86
Gold4,164
Silver8,978
Bronze2,077
Tennessee
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 111,503
 
Certified Counties7/95
Participating Counties14/95
Jobs Profiled198
Platinum71
Gold25,712
Silver63,086
Bronze22,634
Texas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 19,690
 
Certified Counties1/254
Participating Counties2/254
Jobs Profiled172
Platinum75
Gold4,130
Silver11,928
Bronze3,557
Utah
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,660
 
Certified Counties0/29
Participating Counties6/29
Jobs Profiled23
Platinum24
Gold1,122
Silver2,070
Bronze444
Vermont
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,660
 
Certified Counties0/14
Participating Counties0/14
Jobs Profiled36
Platinum12
Gold631
Silver1,495
Bronze522
Virginia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 12,411
 
Certified Counties3/134
Participating Counties8/134
Jobs Profiled213
Platinum41
Gold2,007
Silver6,980
Bronze3,383
Washington
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,493
 
Certified Counties0/39
Participating Counties1/39
Jobs Profiled47
Platinum50
Gold1,411
Silver2,472
Bronze560
Washington DC
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 65
 
Certified Counties0/1
Participating Counties0/1
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum2
Gold5
Silver32
Bronze26
West Virginia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 64,633
 
Certified Counties0/55
Participating Counties0/55
Jobs Profiled104
Platinum119
Gold11,192
Silver40,643
Bronze12,679
Wisconsin
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 124,617
 
Certified Counties0/72
Participating Counties0/72
Jobs Profiled28
Platinum949
Gold37,938
Silver66,036
Bronze19,694
Wyoming
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,626
 
Certified Counties0/23
Participating Counties1/23
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum7
Gold2,037
Silver5,026
Bronze1,556
 
NCRC Earned Rankings by Percentile
  • Top
  • 10%
  • 20%
  • 30%
  • 40%
  • 50%
Alabama
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 84,000
National Ranking 22
Alaska
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 44,689
National Ranking 2
Arizona
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 6,244
National Ranking 33
Arkansas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 65,360
National Ranking 10
California
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 10,238
National Ranking 43
Colorado
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,068
National Ranking 44
Connecticut
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,427
National Ranking 37
Delaware
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 291
National Ranking 42
Florida
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 114,234
National Ranking 23
Georgia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 334,370
National Ranking 5
Hawaii
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 427
National Ranking 40
Idaho
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 109
National Ranking 49
Illinois
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 150,879
National Ranking 18
Indiana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 120,249
National Ranking 11
Iowa
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 85,453
National Ranking 9
Kansas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 21,679
National Ranking 32
Kentucky
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 129,003
National Ranking 8
Louisiana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 65,477
National Ranking 21
Maine
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 110
National Ranking 50
Maryland
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 522
National Ranking 47
Massachusetts
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 582
National Ranking 45
Michigan
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 514,658
National Ranking 3
Minnesota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 23,672
National Ranking 24
Mississippi
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 61,576
National Ranking 41
Missouri
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 78,243
National Ranking 20
Montana
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,688
National Ranking 28
Nebraska
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,043
National Ranking 39
Nevada
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,620
National Ranking 29
New Hampshire
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 5,453
National Ranking 26
New Jersey
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 707
National Ranking 48
New Mexico
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 27,027
National Ranking 16
New York
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,496
National Ranking 46
North Carolina
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 334,636
National Ranking 7
North Dakota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 654
National Ranking 34
Ohio
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 137,147
National Ranking 19
Oklahoma
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 118,009
National Ranking 6
Oregon
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 55,343
National Ranking 15
Pennsylvania
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 26,913
National Ranking 27
Rhode Island
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,008
National Ranking 35
South Carolina
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 356,217
National Ranking 1
South Dakota
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 15,305
National Ranking 13
Tennessee
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 111,503
National Ranking 12
Texas
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 19,690
National Ranking 36
Utah
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,660
National Ranking 31
Vermont
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,660
National Ranking 25
Virginia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 12,411
National Ranking 30
Washington
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,493
National Ranking 38
Washington DC
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 65
National Ranking 0
West Virginia
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 64,633
National Ranking 4
Wisconsin
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 124,617
National Ranking 17
Wyoming
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,626
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 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 National Career Readiness Certificate Total

3,542,407

NCRC Levels:
  • Platinum:17,660
  • Gold:735,921
  • Silver:1,974,936
  • Bronze:813,890
Total Certified Counties: 129
Employers Supporting: 14,247
Jobs Profiled: 21,025

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 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® 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 National Career Readiness Certificates.


State and national NCRC data runs from January 2006 through July 31, 2016 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through July 31, 2016 , while national job profile data reaches back to 1993. Again, please note that county-level 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.