Modesto Junior College
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|Modesto Junior College|
The college was founded in 1921.
The campus at Modesto Junior College features a suburban setting, small city and commuter campus. The college has many facilities including the Performing and Media Arts Center, Great Valley Museum, and Agriculture Pavilion.
The college is part of the Yosemite Community College District within the California Community Colleges System. The current college president is Jill Stearns. The district is governed by an elected seven-member Board of Trustees.
Modesto Junior College provides over 70 Associate Degrees, 30 of which are of Agriculture alone. MJC is also home to an agricultural internship program in which students are given residence on West Campus. The school owns over 100 acres of various crops which it uses to teach the students theory of crop and animal sciences as well as give the students in the field experience.
Modesto Junior College is a member of CCCAA. Sports teams are nicknamed the MJC Pirates and their colors are blue, silver and white. Modesto Junior College offers Men's Baseball; Men's and Women's basketball; Men's and Women's Cross Country; Men's Football; Men's and Women's Golf; Men's and Women's Soccer; Women's Softball; Men's and Women's Swimming; Men's and Women's Tennis; Men's and Women's Track; Women's Volleyball; Men's and Women's Water Polo; and Men's Wrestling at the Intercollegiate level respectively.
The Pirates are also one of the few Junior College teams in the United States to host its own football bowl game. The Pirates host the Graffiti Bowl every year in late November, in honor of their program's prestigious tradition along with respect for the once popular Graffiti Parade that occurred in Modesto during the 1960s and 1970s.
MJC is host to one of the longest running college basketball tournaments in the United States, rivaling the NCAA and NIT. The tourney was founded by NCAA Hall of Fame Coach Jack Gardner. Beginning in December 1938 with Pasadena College's Jackie Robinson as a first team all-tourney selection, the 76th MJC Tourney was held December 2013. Other all-tourney selections and head coaches participating in the MJC Tourney include: Forddy Anderson, Lute Olsen, Scott Brooks, Tom Tolbert, Willie Wise, Jeff Winans, Lester Conner and Bob Thomason.
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- George Lucas (creator of the Star Wars saga). He also wrote and produced American Graffiti, a nostalgic portrait of teenage life in early 1960s Modesto.
- Gino Marchetti, former Defensive End for Baltimore Colts, NFL Hall of Famer.
- Hiram Fuller, professional basketball player.
- Charles E. Woodworth, entomologist, taught at MJC in the 1920s.
- Roger Nixon, composer.
- Matt Bettencourt, PGA Tour golfer who finished 1st on the Nationwide Tour money list in 2008.
- Jeremy Renner, an actor nominated for an Academy Award for The Hurt Locker who also appeared in The Avengers.
- Ray Lankford, played for the St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Padres.
- Jeff Moorad, former sports agent, now owns the San Diego Padres.
- Shawn Boskie, former Major League Baseball Pitcher for the Chicago Cubs.
- Lindsay Pearce, Glee actress.
- Dot Jones, Track and Field Olympian and Actress.
- Forddy Anderson, played basketball at Stanford, coached for Drake, Bradley and Michigan State.
- Dave Maggard, athletic director at University of California, U of Miami and U of Houston.
- Jeff Winans, played football at USC, NFL player with Buffallo Bills, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Super Bowl XV Champion Oakland Raiders.
- Paul Wiggin, played football at Stanford, NFL player for Cleveland Browns, NFL head coach for Kansas City Chiefs.
- Earth Metrics Inc., Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, Ardmore Avenue, Modesto, California'‘, Report 7962.W0, May 31, 1932
- "Accreditation". Modesto Junior College. Retrieved 2009-03-09.
- Modesto Junior College. "Degree Listings".
- Modesto Junior College. "MJC Internship".
- Modesto Junior College, Agriculture Program
- White, Dana (1999). George Lucas. Twenty-First Century Books. p. 18. ISBN 0-8225-4975-1.