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ACT WRC Boot Camps

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ACT’s Ready for Work Podcast

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ACT WRC Alumni Calls

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ACT 2019 Workforce Summit

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  • Memphis, Tennessee
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States with State- or County-Led
ACT® Work Ready Communities
 

States with State or County Led ACT Work Ready Communities

Alabama

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 252,600
Certified Communities16/67
Participating Communities18/67
Jobs Profiled304
Platinum15,226
Gold46,873
Silver115,536
Bronze74,965

Alaska

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 47,890
Certified Communities0/31
Participating Communities0/31
Jobs Profiled46
Platinum530
Gold9,111
Silver26,266
Bronze11,983

Arizona

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 8,718
Certified Communities0/15
Participating Communities0/15
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum142
Gold1,789
Silver5,093
Bronze1,694

Arkansas

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 82,774
Certified Communities15/75
Participating Communities26/75
Jobs Profiled123
Platinum1,805
Gold18,938
Silver46,847
Bronze15,184

California

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 15,964
Certified Communities0/58
Participating Communities1/58
Jobs Profiled68
Platinum597
Gold3,007
Silver8,191
Bronze4,169

Colorado

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 15,360
Certified Communities1/64
Participating Communities3/64
Jobs Profiled35
Platinum677
Gold2,383
Silver7,790
Bronze4,510

Connecticut

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,127
Certified Communities0/8
Participating Communities0/8
Jobs Profiled9
Platinum59
Gold451
Silver1,722
Bronze895

Delaware

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 422
Certified Communities0/3
Participating Communities0/3
Jobs Profiled1
Platinum3
Gold113
Silver250
Bronze56

Florida

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 115,273
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled500
Platinum352
Gold21,340
Silver64,764
Bronze28,817

Georgia

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 344,715
Certified Communities0/159
Participating Communities0/159
Jobs Profiled1,030
Platinum2,734
Gold63,662
Silver188,740
Bronze89,579

Hawaii

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 598
Certified Communities0/5
Participating Communities0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum14
Gold64
Silver258
Bronze262

Idaho

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 170
Certified Communities0/44
Participating Communities0/44
Jobs Profiled14
Platinum7
Gold42
Silver92
Bronze29

Illinois

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 157,384
Certified Communities0/102
Participating Communities3/102
Jobs Profiled98
Platinum2,475
Gold38,156
Silver81,047
Bronze35,706

Indiana

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 138,713
Certified Communities7/92
Participating Communities8/92
Jobs Profiled1,044
Platinum2,133
Gold30,011
Silver80,351
Bronze26,218

Iowa

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 129,765
Certified Communities2/99
Participating Communities4/99
Jobs Profiled86
Platinum4,816
Gold29,181
Silver67,177
Bronze28,591

Kansas

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 53,082
Certified Communities4/105
Participating Communities10/105
Jobs Profiled120
Platinum3,917
Gold12,982
Silver24,563
Bronze11,620

Kentucky

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 163,675
Certified Communities0/120
Participating Communities0/120
Jobs Profiled146
Platinum2,412
Gold29,517
Silver103,356
Bronze28,390

Louisiana

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 167,983
Certified Communities16/64
Participating Communities27/64
Jobs Profiled46
Platinum5,871
Gold24,258
Silver86,889
Bronze50,965

Maine

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 213
Certified Communities0/16
Participating Communities0/16
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum19
Gold67
Silver96
Bronze31

Maryland

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,040
Certified Communities0/24
Participating Communities1/24
Jobs Profiled10
Platinum93
Gold248
Silver490
Bronze209

Massachusetts

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,080
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled10
Platinum13
Gold161
Silver571
Bronze335

Michigan

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 641,249
Certified Communities2/83
Participating Communities13/83
Jobs Profiled124
Platinum5,460
Gold151,903
Silver337,106
Bronze146,780

Minnesota

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 27,049
Certified Communities0/87
Participating Communities1/87
Jobs Profiled15
Platinum517
Gold7,372
Silver14,429
Bronze4,731

Mississippi

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 130,678
Certified Communities42/82
Participating Communities55/82
Jobs Profiled42
Platinum3,765
Gold19,196
Silver66,790
Bronze40,927

Missouri

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 135,281
Certified Communities83/115
Participating Communities100/115
Jobs Profiled395
Platinum4,329
Gold28,178
Silver70,493
Bronze32,281

Montana

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,812
Certified Communities0/56
Participating Communities0/56
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum24
Gold398
Silver1,026
Bronze364

Nebraska

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,629
Certified Communities1/93
Participating Communities2/93
Jobs Profiled55
Platinum290
Gold934
Silver1,841
Bronze1,564

Nevada

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 12,295
Certified Communities1/17
Participating Communities1/17
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum778
Gold3,023
Silver5,594
Bronze2,900

New Hampshire

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 7,427
Certified Communities0/10
Participating Communities0/10
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum304
Gold1,605
Silver4,026
Bronze1,492

New Jersey

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 811
Certified Communities0/21
Participating Communities0/21
Jobs Profiled4
Platinum12
Gold107
Silver394
Bronze298

New Mexico

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 37,324
Certified Communities2/33
Participating Communities3/33
Jobs Profiled64
Platinum651
Gold6,530
Silver20,007
Bronze10,136

New York

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,383
Certified Communities0/62
Participating Communities1/62
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum444
Gold969
Silver1,929
Bronze1,041

North Carolina

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 514,978
Certified Communities45/100
Participating Communities67/100
Jobs Profiled973
Platinum18,914
Gold99,425
Silver273,333
Bronze123,306

North Dakota

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,708
Certified Communities0/53
Participating Communities0/53
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum299
Gold1,230
Silver726
Bronze453

Ohio

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 190,143
Certified Communities3/88
Participating Communities4/88
Jobs Profiled338
Platinum4,334
Gold41,123
Silver109,553
Bronze35,133

Oklahoma

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 147,918
Certified Communities1/77
Participating Communities2/77
Jobs Profiled228
Platinum2,511
Gold28,801
Silver84,386
Bronze32,220

Oregon

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 79,561
Certified Communities14/36
Participating Communities36/36
Jobs Profiled93
Platinum2,964
Gold22,481
Silver40,270
Bronze13,846

Pennsylvania

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 38,063
Certified Communities0/67
Participating Communities0/67
Jobs Profiled193
Platinum882
Gold9,555
Silver21,123
Bronze6,503

Rhode Island

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,057
Certified Communities0/5
Participating Communities0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum4
Gold118
Silver572
Bronze363

South Carolina

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 441,760
Certified Communities46/46
Participating Communities46/46
Jobs Profiled1,513
Platinum3,316
Gold71,150
Silver239,288
Bronze128,006

South Dakota

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 36,163
Certified Communities0/66
Participating Communities0/66
Jobs Profiled31
Platinum3,098
Gold9,740
Silver17,018
Bronze6,307

Tennessee

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 129,089
Certified Communities16/95
Participating Communities27/95
Jobs Profiled249
Platinum2,137
Gold29,821
Silver70,798
Bronze26,333

Texas

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 30,109
Certified Communities3/254
Participating Communities5/254
Jobs Profiled186
Platinum1,080
Gold6,635
Silver16,695
Bronze5,699

Utah

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,216
Certified Communities0/29
Participating Communities0/29
Jobs Profiled23
Platinum72
Gold1,281
Silver2,329
Bronze534

Vermont

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,944
Certified Communities0/14
Participating Communities0/14
Jobs Profiled36
Platinum26
Gold692
Silver1,654
Bronze572

Virginia

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 26,540
Certified Communities13/134
Participating Communities27/134
Jobs Profiled247
Platinum1,118
Gold4,216
Silver12,202
Bronze9,004

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 196
Certified Communities0/1
Participating Communities0/1
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum8
Gold18
Silver62
Bronze108

West Virginia

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 69,072
Certified Communities0/55
Participating Communities0/55
Jobs Profiled107
Platinum555
Gold12,289
Silver42,534
Bronze13,694

Wisconsin

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 293,166
Certified Communities0/72
Participating Communities1/72
Jobs Profiled43
Platinum21,540
Gold81,854
Silver135,016
Bronze54,756

Wyoming

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 9,946
Certified Communities0/23
Participating Communities2/23
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum136
Gold2,264
Silver5,617
Bronze1,929

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.
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
 
ACT WorkKeys NCRC Earned State Rankings
  • Top
  • 1-10
  • 11-20
  • 21-30
  • 31-40
  • 41-50

What is an ACT® Work Ready Community?

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

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Total ACT® WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificates®

4,946,068

ACT WorkKeys NCRC Levels:
  • Platinum:129,791
  • Gold:1,027,840
  • Silver:2,613,422
  • Bronze:1,175,015
Participating Counties: 495
Employers Supporting: 26,595
Jobs Profiled: 22,190

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

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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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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

"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, inthe 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, ourtendency 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 existingworkforce as well as retaining and attracting high quality talent. ACT Work Ready Communities are setting themselves apart by intentionally developing their localworkforce 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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Site Selectors and Business are Taking Notice

Site Selection Magazine 2019 Regional Workforce Development Rankings include ACT NCRCs as one of the top 5 components!
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