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Soccer is coming to Grand Rapids Community College, a move that Athletic Department leaders say is a response to a growing interest in the sport nationally and an increasing number of requests from potential student-athletes.
Athletic Director Lauren Ferullo said men’s and women’s soccer teams will be ready to compete in fall 2023. It will be the first time GRCC has fielded soccer teams.
“I’m ecstatic to be able to add men’s and women’s soccer to our offering of sports here at GRCC,” Ferullo said. “As a former college soccer player and head coach, the sport is near and dear to me.”
Ferullo said soccer is currently the most asked about sport from prospective student-athletes when they visit campus.
“Adding the teams will create opportunities for our students in the community that we serve,” she said.
Soccer is the most followed sport in the world and is growing in popularity in the United States. The FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international soccer championship, is planned to be played in the United States, Canada and Mexico in 2026. Interest in the sport increased in 1994, when four World Cup matches were played in Michigan in the Pontiac Silverdome when the United States hosted the tournament.
Currently GRCC offers volleyball, women’s basketball, men’s basketball, golf, baseball, softball, men’s cross country and women’s cross country. Soccer will be the first new sport introduced since the cross country program was resurrected in 2014.
The Michigan Community College Athletic Association includes five colleges with men’s and women’s soccer programs: Muskegon Community College, Schoolcraft College, Jackson College, Ancilla College and Lake Michigan College fielding teams. Kellogg Community College, St. Clair Community College and Delta College have women’s teams.
Ferullo said the Athletic Department will hire coaches and recruit players starting immediately.
ZEELAND — Three workforce training providers in West Michigan have received grant funding for equipment to improve or expand training programs for healthcare and automation.
Lakeshore Advantage, in collaboration with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, awarded a total of $130,150 to three training providers — Grand Rapids Community College Lakeshore Campus, the Ottawa Area ISD’s Thompson M-TEC and the Allegan County Area Technical Education Center.
In celebration of Fall 2022 Homecoming, the GRCC Spirit Award is back again!
The tradition of the GRCC Spirit Award makes a comeback with updated criteria and a simple nomination process. The criteria are new and fun and the process is easy! We’re excited to award both a GRCC employee as well as a Golden Raider (GRCC Retiree) with this special honor.
So, do you know a current GRCC employee or retiree who embodies all things GRCC? Does this individual have unmatched school spirit and make the College a better place to work and learn?
If so, then nominate your Raider for the GRCC Spirit Award. Complete this form detailing how your nominee meets the four GRCC Spirit Criteria (G – Genuine, R – Radiant, C – Captivating and C – Caring) and is deserving of the GRCC Spirit Award.
GRCC Spirit Award Criteria
G – Genuine — This person is authentic and true. This individual’s heart and soul aligns with the College’s mission, vision and values, and brings the best to everything.
R – Radiant — This person can have fun like no other. This individual goes the extra mile to spread positivity and pride within the GRCC family making the workplace and beyond enjoyable and engaging.
C – Captivating – This person engages others by displaying GRCC pride and positive energy. This individual’s enthusiasm is contagious inspiring others to be better Raiders.
C – Caring — This person makes caring the pinnacle of what it means to be a GRCC Raider. This individual extends kindness, compassion, generosity and empowerment to all.
Please submit nominations for the Spirit Award by: 5:00 p.m., Monday September 26, 2022