Students at the M.J.C. East Campus

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Step 2: Set up your MJC Email 
Step 3: College Orientation 
Step 4: Assessment Testing 
Step 5: Education Plan
Step 6: Official Transcripts
Step 7: Apply for Financial Aid
Step 8: Register for Classes
Step 9: Pay Fees

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Contact the friendly Admissions Office staff if you have questions about adding or dropping classes, or filing for pass/no pass.

The Assessment Testing Office administers tests to help you select appropriate courses or satisfy pre-requisites.

International students should start by visiting the International Student Program.

Modesto Junior College


Always Something Going On

We have some great opportunities for you and your family to enjoy at the GVM.  Check back often as update this page regularly.  Unless noted, there are planetarium and museum admission charges during listed events.


2016 Second Annual GALA

Our second annual Gala event is Saturday, February 20th, 2016.  Our theme this year will be on "Big Cats."  This is our premier fund raising event.  You can purchase seats or tables here.  There are also sponsorship opportunities available.  But get your seats before the end of the year because the price goes go up in 2016!

MARCH 2016

Science Olympiad

Local junior high and high schools compete in the The Regional Science Olympiad which consists of individual and team events that encourage learning in biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, problem solving and technology. Some events require knowledge of scientific facts and concepts, while others rely on science processes. Volunteers are always welcome.  This is a great day of fun and science.

Join us for the 30th Annual Regional Science Olympiad on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at the Modesto Junior College, West Campus Science Community Center.


Science Night at the Museum

The Great Valley Museum will be open in the evenings, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., during the first Friday of every month (except January) in the fall and spring semesters.  Discover the universe through our planetarium shows and Science on a Sphere 3-D globe. Campus science clubs will offer insight and highlights, including the MJC Astronomy Club, which will provide free telescope viewings on top of the Science Community Center. Join us for a fun, festive atmosphere while we explore science together!  Be sure to dress appropriately during the cold months.

Science Nights for the fall and spring semester:
  • September 4th
  • October 2nd
  • November 6th
  • December 4th
  • February 5th
  • March 4th
  • April 1st

Hands On Wednesdays

On the first Wednesday of every month, the museum will be offering classes on a variety of science related subjects.  These classes are suitable for 5 to 12 year olds.  All Hands On Wednesday classes run from 3:30pm to 4:30pm and are held in the Discovery Room of the museum.  For our next class and to purchase tickets, please check here.

Bookworm Story Telling

Join us for a morning full of wonderful stories, songs, and some few wiggles!  Bookworm Story Tellings run from 10:00am to 11:00am and are free with paid museum admission. Bookworm Story Telling is geared for 3-5 year olds.  *Please note dates and/or subjects may change without notice.

Upcoming Bookworm Story Telling dates:

  • January 15th (Wonderful Winter Weather)
  • February 5th (Wild Animals - Forests)
  • February 19th (Wild Animals - Jungle)
  • March 4th (Spring Weather - Rain)
  • March 18th (Spring Weather - Rainbows)
  • April 1st (Spring Animals)

Live Animal Presentations

Have you ever seen a skink?  Do you know what one is?  Come to a Live Animal Presentation to find out.  Animal presentations run form 10:00am to 11:00am and are free with paid museum admission.  Our animal presentations are aimed at our little visitors but who doesn't like turtles?  *Please note dates may change without notice.

Upcoming Live Animal dates:

  • January 8th
  • January 22nd
  • January 29th
  • February 12th
  • February 26th
  • March 11th
  • March 25th
  • April 8th
  • April 22nd
  • April 29th

Great Valley Museum

Connect With Us

Great Valley Museum
Science Community Center
MJC West Campus
2201 Blue Gum Avenue
Modesto, CA 95358
209 575-6196
209 575-6466 fax


Public Hours

Sunday closed
Monday closed
Tuesday 12 to 4
Wednesday 12 to 4
Thursday 12 to 4
Friday 9 to 4
Saturday 9 to 4

Parking on the MJC campus is $2 Monday - Friday. Please bring small bills. Parking is free after 5 pm on Fridays and all day on weekends.