More than 4,500 GRCC students took advantage of COVID-19 vaccination incentive

More than 4,500 Grand Rapids Community College students took advantage of an incentive program to receive the COVID-19 vaccines, part of a campus-wide health and wellness program.

About 180 people received the vaccine or vaccine booster shots at campus clinics during the last months, with plans for additional clinics in the months ahead.

A total of 4,534 students received a $200 credit on their RaiderCards to use for campus dining, parking, printing, and in the bookstore after being vaccinated before the Nov. 15 deadline.

Vaccines have been determined to be the most effective tool in preventing serious illness and hospitalization due to COVID-19.

Eligible students received a $200 credit on their RaiderCards to use for campus dining, parking, printing, and in the bookstore.

The vaccination incentive program was available to students enrolled in an in-person, hybrid, virtual, or online credit course, clock-hour Job Training program, or apprenticeship program that began after Aug. 30.

The incentive program was one of the steps GRCC is taking or extending as part of a campus safety and wellness plan.

The college has hosted a series of vaccination clinics on the main campus and at the GRCC Lakeshore Campus. The Nov. 11 clinic had nearly 100 people getting vaccinations or booster shots, and an Oct. 27 clinic helped 76 people. Additional clinics are expected to be scheduled, and vaccination location information is available at

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GRCC basketball teams top Aquinas College junior varsity

Grand Rapids Community College’s women’s and men’s basketball teams topped Aquinas College junior varsity teams Monday, with the women dominating in a 23-point victory and the men with a comeback win in overtime by four.

Sally Merrill, a freshman from Allegan, made five of her first nine shots, including three from three-pointers, and helped the Raiders build a 34-19 halftime lead. She would go on to score a game-high 19 points with five assists.

The Raiders would cruise to their first win of the season, 69-46 after three losses to begin the season.

Marlene Bussler and Grace Lodes each scored 11 points, with Bussler adding a game-high of six assists and four steals.

The men’s basketball team played its second overtime game of the year, this time prevailing 99-95.

The Saints had a 12-point lead in the first half, but GRCC battled back and built an 11-point lead of their own in the second half. The Saints tied it up at 78 four minutes later, and forced overtime when Jared Dugner sank a three-pointer with 43 seconds left in regulation.

In overtime, Aquinas scored the first basket, but GRCC’s Rico Wade hit a three on the following possession, giving the Raiders the lead that they wouldn’t relinquish.

All five GRCC starters scored in double figures, led by redshirt freshman Justus Clark, who scored 24 points and added a team-best seven assists. Andrew Moore added 20 points and four steals and Brockton Kohler knocked in 16 points including three long balls.

Both teams will be in action on Nov. 17, hosting Calvin University’s junior varsity teams. The women’s teams tip-off first at 5:30 p.m. 

GRCC In the News 11/16/2021

CC-C grad Clark among four GRCC runners to earn All-American honors

11/16/21; The Daily News (Greenville)

Four Grand Rapids Community College cross country runners earned All-American honors and both the men’s and women’s teams finished seventh in the nation in Saturday’s NJCAA DII National Championships.

It’s the second year in a row both GRCC teams finished in the top 10 nationally, with multiple runners earning All-American honors in Richmond, Va. on Saturday.