Jackson Certified: Stories and Testimonials
Jackson Certified is a community trivia program which challenges individuals and organizations to learn more about Jackson County with the ultimate goal of enhancing community pride.
To become a Jackson Certified organization, an organization works with the Experience Jackson team to identify a specific certification path which may consist of challenging staff to become individual certified or team building Jackson Trivia Sessions.
If you're interested in having your organization begin the path to certification please contact Jennifer Cronkhite at 517-764-4440.
Jackson College Leadership Program
November 2016 | In the Fall of 2016, the Jackson College Leadership Academy under the direction of Dr. Michelle Shields became Jackson Certified by participating in both a team building trivia session and by having 11 members become Jackson experts through the online trivia game. Dr. Shields said, “The Jackson Certified trivia session was an incredibly fun way to conduct team building and learn about the great things in Jackson in the process. I highly recommend all organizations take the time to become Jackson experts by becoming Jackson Certified.” For more information on Jackson College click here.
Jackson County ISD Young Adult Program
October 2016 | The mission of the Young Adult Program is to provide opportunities for students, 18 years of age or older, to set personal transition goals, understand their personal needs, and increase their level of independence to become more fully engaged members of their communities. The Young Adult Program is devised of 6 MoCi (Moderately Cognitively Impaired) supported classrooms and became Jackson Certified at an in service in October 2016. For more information click here.
Dentistry By Design PLLC, Frederic Slete, DDS & A.J. Balaze, DMD
September 2014 | Dentistry by Design has served as a leader of dental services in Jackson, Michigan since 1968 and has been a proud Jackson Chamber Member for over 35 years. As a family dental office, their Jackson office has continued to prove their dedication to enhancing the welcoming community in Jackson by becoming Jackson Certified in September of 2014. For more information click here.
The Jackson Candy and Fudge Factory
I’ve Been Framed
August 2016 | I've Been Framed! is excited to showcase their Jackson pride by being Jackson Certified. I’ve Been Framed! offers quality custom framing at affordable prices and an all fair trade gift shop. For more information please click here.
US Staffing Agency, LLC
June 2016 | US Staffing Agency is a temporary employment/permanent placement agency dedicated to the growth their clients. In June, US Staffing showcased their commitment by proving how much they know about the quality of life Jackson has to offer by becoming a Jackson Certified Organization. If you would like more information on US Staffing please click here.
Northwest Community Schools
2016 | Experience Jackson Challenged Northwest Community Schools to become Jackson Certified and the Mountie Nation has risen to the challenge. Over a two month period, individual buildings competed to get the greatest percentage of their employees Jackson Certified. As a result, Northwest High School and Alternative won the Northwest Challenge by having 43 individuals become Jackson Certified out of 70 individuals throughout the Mountie Nation equating to 20% of their professional staff. Both winning buildings, recieved a pizza luncheon complements of Experience Jackson. For more information on Northwest Community Schools please click here.
How Bazaar Planning Committee
2016 | The How Bazaar Planning Committee became Jackson Certified in 2016 by having over 60% of their group become individual Jackson Certified through the online Jackson Certified Trivia Game. For more information on How Bazaar click here.
Friends of the Falling Waters Trail
March 2016 | Each year, the Friends of the Falling Waters Trail puts on a Falling Waters Trail Run/Walk in October where participants are able to enjoy the fall colors while supporting the longevity of the Falling Waters Trail. The Friends of the Falling Waters Trail showed their dedication to the Jackson Community by becoming Jackson Certified through a self-directed Jackson Trivia Session. To learn more about the Friends of the Falling Waters Trail click here.
Hot Air Jubilee
April 2016 | The Jackson Hot Air Jubilee has contributed positively to the Jackson community by providing affordable, quality, family entertainment featuring the beauty, color and excitement of hot air balloons since 1983. In 2016, they continued this tradition by accepting the Jackson Certified Challenge and had over 20 event organizers play a half hour of interactive Jackson Trivia. To learn more about the Jackson Hot Air Jubilee click here.
Cascades Golf Course
March 2016 | The Cascades Golf Course, located in the southern part of the City of Jackson, is one of the best public courses in Michigan and plans to open a footgolf course in 2016. The course is operated by the Jackson County Parks Department and became Jackson Certified in March of 2016 by having their team play some pre-golf season Jackson Trivia. For more information on the Cascades Golf Course click here.
The Pointe Bar and Grill
March 2016 | Set on the south shore of Clarklake in Clarklake, MI, The Pointe Bar & Grill gives patrons a unique dining experience with breathtaking sunsets overlooking blue water. In March 2016, The Pointe Bar and Grille became Jackson Certified by challenging their team to prove their individual knowledge of Jackson through the online Jackson Certified Trivia Game. To learn more about The Point Bar and Grill click here.
The Childrenz Challenge is an obstacle course with a number of challenges to test a child's strength, stamina and determination, but more importantly their ability to have fun! In 2016, the Childrenz Challenge will be at Michigan International Speedway on August 13. Event organizers are proud to highlight their dedication to the Jackson Community by becoming Jackson Certified and invite you to check out their website for more information on the Childrenz Challenge.
February 2016 | For over 30 years, Sproat Realty Professionals (SRP) has worked as a real estate company with a strong dedication to the local community. As an active member of JAAR, SRP has become Jackson Certified by accepting the office challenge and having their team prove their individual knowledge about Jackson. For more information on SPR click here.
Ella Sharp Museum
Re-Certified February 2016 | The Ella Sharp Museum is dedicated to the Jackson Community and preserving our history. The team at the Ella Sharp Museum originally became Jackson Certified in November of 2013 and has re-certified their team by participating in a half hour Jackson Trivia Session. To learn more about the Ella Sharp Museum click here.
Jackson School of the Arts
February 2016 | Jackson School of the Arts is a vibrant place that provides art, dance and theatre programs for all ages and organizes the Annual Fairy Festival in April. Their team became Jackson Certified in February 2016. For more information on the Jackson School of the Arts or the Annual Fairy Festival please click here.
Toy House and Baby Too
February 2016 | Toy House and Baby Too is the largest family-owned, independent toy store in the United States and the first toy store to become Jackson Certified. For more information on the Toy House and Baby Too click here.
The Jackson Symphony Orchestra
February 2016 | The Jackson Symphony Orchestra has a rich and vibrant history, serving the Jackson area since 1949. Their mission is to be one of the most innovative, inspiring and successful music arts organizations in Michigan. The Jackson Symphony strives to enrich the lives of everyone in the region and has proven their dedication to our community by becoming Jackson Certified with a half hour Jackson Trivia Session. For more information on the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, click here.
January 2016 | RE/MAX Mid-Michigan opened their Jackson office in 1987 and their Brooklyn Office in 2003.Since the beginning, Re/Max Mid-Michigan has been dedicated to the community and recently became Jackson Certified as part of the JAAR Challenge. To learn more about Re/Max Mid-Michigan click here.
EXIT Realty 1st
January 2016 | EXIT Realty 1st serves the entire Jackson real estate market including the surrounding communities such as Ann Arbor, Chelsea and the southern areas. With a strong dedication to the Jackson Community, EXIT Realty 1st became Jackson Certified as part of the JAAR Challenge. To learn more about Exit Realty 1st click here.
Cascades Cycling Club
January 2016 | The Cascades Cycling Club has a deep rooted love for the Jackson area as many of their members have cycled hundreds of miles throughout Jackson. At their annual meeting in January 2016, the Cascades Cycling Club took their community pride even further and became Jackson Certified with over 40 members participating in a half hour Jackson Trivia Session. If you’re looking for more information of the Cascades Cycling Club or their annual Pedal and Whine event please click here.
January 2016 | With 36 years of dedication to the Jackson Community and membership in JAAR, the Brokerage House of Jackson seeks to provide a superior level of informed, professional real estate services to buyers and sellers in the greater Jackson area and has become Jackson Certified. For more information on The Brokerage House please click here.
Tom Schindler Realtor
January 2016 | As an independent realtor, Tom took it upon himself to become Jackson Certified proving his knowledge about Jackson County. For more information on Tom Schindler Realtor, click here.
ERA Reardon Realty
January 2016 | ERA Reardon became Jackson Certified as part of the JAAR Challenge by having over 30 members of their team play Jackson Trivia at their annual training workshop. As a Jackson Real Estate company, ERA works hard at having honest, ethical and well trained professionals on their team and their dedication to the Jackson Community was apparent through the groups energy during the trivia luncheon. If you would like more information on ERA Reardon click here.
Ann Arbor State Bank – Jackson Branch
January 2016 | As part of the Jackson Area Association of Realtor (JAAR) Challenge, Ann Arbor State Bank’s Jackson Branch became Jackson Certified by hosting an all staff Jackson Trivia Session at a January 2016 staff meeting. Ann Arbor State Bank’s Jackson Branch opened for business in November of 2015 and is proud to be part of the Jackson Community. To learn more click here.
Jackson Area Association of Realtors
January 2016 | The Jackson Area Association of Realtors (JAAR) Office became Jackson Certified in January of 2016 by having their whole team either become individually Jackson Certified or attend the January JAAR Lunch and Learn where Experience Jackson played Jackson Trivia for a half hour. Additionally, JAAR worked with Experience Jackson to challenge their membership to become Jackson Certified with the JAAR Challenge. If you would like more information on JAAR click here.
South Central Michigan Works!
December 2015 | South Central Michigan Works! (SCMW) has a high quality of service and makes a point to respond to the needs of employers, jobseekers and community groups. By having 20 team members play a half hour of Jackson Certified Trivia with Experience Jackson Staff, SCMW’s team is well versed in things to do in the Jackson Community and will be able to go above and beyond for their patrons. For more information on South Central Michigan Works click here.
Center Stage Jackson
December 2015 | Center Stage Jackson strives to provide a positive atmosphere for the community to appreciate and participate in live theater performances. In December 2015, their volunteer team continued to fulfill this goal by playing a half hour of Jackson Certified Trivia and learning about the Jackson Community. Center Stage Jackson cultivates, advances and promotes the appreciation of dramatic arts with the community by presenting amateur theatrical productions. To learn more about Center Stage Jackson click here.
Howard Hanna Jackson
December 2015 | Howard Hanna Jackson is a real estate office servicing Jackson, Lenawee and Eaton Counties. The Jackson office, located in Summit Township in the Summit Oaks Mall, proved their dedication to the Jackson Community by hosting a half hour long Jackson Trivia session for 24 of their reps and became a Jackson Certified Organization. For more information on Howard Hanna Jackson please click here.
The Jackson Nite Lites Christmas Display
October 2015 | The Jackson Nite Lites Christmas Display continues to make magic and has proved their dedication to the Jackson Community by having their team become Jackson Certified. Be sure to participate in the Nite Lites Christmas 5K Fun Run/Walk the day before Thanksgiving, enjoy the Christmas Light display from your car or experience the Winter Wonderland in the American 1 Fair Event Center where, if you plan it right, you can see Santa and his live reindeer. For more information on the Nite Lites Christmas Lites Display including Santa’s schedule click here.
Michigan Community Credit Union
October 2015 | As a forward-thinking Credit Union that empowers members through education and innovation, Michigan Community Credit Union highlighted their dedication to their members, the Jackson community, and service by accepting the Jackson Chamber Challenge and became a Jackson Certified Organization. For more information on Michigan Community Credit Union please click here.
The Jackson Area Manufacturers Association and Academy for Manufacturing Careers
September 2015 | The Jackson Area Manufacturers Association and Academy for Manufacturing Careers (JAMA/AMC) highlighted their dedication to the Jackson Community by having three of their staff become Jackson Certified in the summer of 2015. To learn more about JAMA/AMC please click here.
The Enterprise Group of Jackson
September 2015 | The Enterprise Group of Jackson accepted the Chamber Challenge and became a Jackson Certified Organization by having three of their professional staff become individually Jackson Certified. To learn more about The Enterprise Group click here.
Jackson Downtown Development Authority
September 2015 | The Jackson Downtown Development Authority or Jackson DDA consistently proves their dedication to the Jackson Community through a variety of special events and initiatives year round. In September 2015, the professional staff of the Jackson DDA emphasized their dedication to the Jackson Community by becoming a Jackson Certified Organization. For more information on the Jackson DDA and their events please click here.
September 2015 | Production Realty became the first realtor office to become a Jackson Certified organization in September 2015. Production Realty showed their dedication to the Jackson community by having 10 of their team become Jackson Certified over a one month period. For more information on Production Realty please click here.
August 2015 | 106.9 HOME.fm has showcased their dedication to the Jackson Community by having 6 of their professional staff become Jackson Certified and are working to instill Jackson Pride in their student broadcasters. For more information on 106.9 HOME.fm please click here.
Amazing Race Jackson 2015
July 2015 | The Amazing Race Jackson became Jackson Certified in July by encouraging racers to become Jackson Certified for pre-event points and by hosting two trivia games at the Amazing Race Mixer. For more information on the Amazing Race please click here.
Commonwealth Commerce Center
July 2015 | The Commonwealth Commerce Center became the fastest Jackson Certified Organization to date by having five of their team members certified within two days. For more information on the Commonwealth Commerce Center please click here.
Willis & Machnik Financial Services
June 2015 | The Willis& Machnik Financial Services became Jackson Certified in 2015 by having their team complete the online Jackson Certified Trivia Game.
Their team has said, “the Jackson Certified trivia program is a fast, fun and educational way to stay up to date about the community! Put your knowledge to the test and contact Experience Jackson today.” For more information on Wills & Machnik please click here.
Walton Insurance Group's Path to Jackson Certification
May 2015 | The Walton Insurance Group became Jackson Certified by hosting 3 half hour long team building sessions in the same day. In total, 31 team members learned Jackson Trivia and built connections with their co-workers. For more information on the Walton Insurance Group please visit their website.
“The 30 question quiz was wonderful. It boggled my mind and really made me think. I learned a lot of new stuff and thought the test was so much fun I couldn't’t wait to tell all of my friends and collogues about it. I think it would be great for people to take test their Jackson knowledge and see what they know about our community and learn many unknown facts in the process.” – May 2015 -- Louis G.
"All too often I used to hear our staff say to our guests “There’s nothing to do in Jackson”. This statement always shocked me as Jackson has so many wonderful sites and activities. Having myself and the staff become Jackson Certified has given us a new perspective on what Jackson has to offer. After living in Jackson my entire life, I found through taking the test there was so much I did not know. My staff and I are now able to make recommendations to our guests and describe our wonderful city with confidence. Thank you Experience Jackson, I think becoming “Jackson Certified” is a great idea for everyone in Jackson, especially those in the service industry." -- May 2-15 -- Caryn V. GM Baymont Inn -- Jackson Certified Organization since February 2014
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