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GCC Alumni Association

The GCC Alumni Association was established in 2001 and reaches over 30,000 alumni. Membership is open to all students whether or not you graduated from GCC. There is no fee to join but in order to receive an alumni ID card and receive the benefits that come with the card, you must register online through the website.

Mission Statement: The Glendale Community College Alumni Association honors GCC’s heritage and fosters lifelong connections among alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends. We encourage meaningful involvement and leadership to benefit the College. We cultivate goodwill and support for GCC by sponsoring social, educational, philanthropic, and service-oriented programs.

Alumni Profile of Success

Brady Bowen

Growing up, self-described sports fanatic Brady Bowen dreamed of a professional baseball career. That dream recently came true when Bowen received a call inviting him to sign on as a free agent with the St. Louis Cardinals.

As a kid in Stuttgart, Arkansas, a small town with fewer than 10,000 people, Bowen played baseball, soccer and basketball. In middle school, he began to concentrate on baseball. He played two seasons for the Stuttgart Ricebirds; when Bowen was a sophomore, the Ricebirds captured a conference title, their second in three seasons.

In 2009, Bowen’s family moved to Litchfield Park, Arizona. There, he attended Verrado High School, where he earned all-state honors as a senior. After graduating, he attended and pitched for Glendale Community College for two seasons, transferring to Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, for his junior and senior years in college. Bowen had an exemplary record in his last season at Friends, throwing five complete games and striking out nearly one batter per inning.

Fittingly, Bowen’s pitching coach when he moved to Arizona (Mark Litel) played for the Cardinals. Bowen will play on the Cardinal’s Rookie Team in the Gulf Coast League.  

A pro baseball contract is just the beginning for the hard-working lefthander, who hopes to prove himself quickly in the Rookie League and continue to advance through the ranks of baseball.

Photo: 2012 roster photo of Brady Bowen, pitcher for the Glendale Community College (AZ) Gauchos.




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