Modesto Junior College

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Modesto Junior College
Established 1921 (1921)
Students 17,775[1]
Nickname Pirates
The Morris Building houses administration departments.

The Modesto Junior College (MJC) is a community college located in Central Valley's Modesto, California, United States and is part of the Yosemite Community College District along with Columbia College.


In 1921, California passed legislation which allowed for the creation of community college districts. In September of 1921, Modesto Junior College (the 16th oldest community college) became the first ever community college district. That launched the current model of community colleges that continued to offer trade studies such as mechanical and industrial arts but now included general education. The first ever transfer student was from Modesto Junior College and transferred to Stanford in 1922.


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.

Academic profile[edit]

Modesto Junior College offers Associate degrees. The school boasts 17,775 students.[1] It is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.[2]

Modesto Junior College provides over 88 Associate Degrees, 30 of which are of Agriculture alone.[3] MJC is also home to an agricultural internship program in which students are given residence on West Campus.[4] 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.[5]

Student life[edit]


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.

Notable people[edit]

For a more comprehensive list, see Category:Modesto Junior College alumni.

Coordinates: 37°39′N 121°00′W / 37.650°N 121.000°W / 37.650; -121.000


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  2. ^ "Accreditation". Modesto Junior College. Retrieved 2009-03-09. 
  3. ^ Modesto Junior College. "Degree Listings". 
  4. ^ Modesto Junior College. "MJC Internship". 
  5. ^ Modesto Junior College, Agriculture Program 
  6. ^ White, Dana (1999). George Lucas. Twenty-First Century Books. p. 18. ISBN 0-8225-4975-1. 

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