Stanislaus County is home to CSU Stanislaus and Modesto Junior College. MJC was established in 1921 and is one of the oldest community colleges in the state. It was part of California’s first junior college district and began with 61 students. MJC now serves 18,000 students each semester in addition to an ever-growing community education program which teaches a variety of skills and hobbies to 8,000 participants. MJC’s West Campus Great Valley Museum offers tours to visitors daily. California State University Stanislaus, which has more than 11,000 students, is consistently ranked among the top 15% colleges in the nation, and the top 100 colleges for bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanic students. As one of the more affordable options, CSU Stanislaus is a testament to our community’s dedication to social mobility.
Entertainment opportunities abound in Stanislaus County. With a diverse mix of entertainment options, shopping centers, fine dining, live music, theatre, arts and museums, there is a lot to see and experience here. Our downtowns are as colorful and vibrant as our history. This is a place that proudly celebrates everything worth celebrating and brings people together to showcase talent and shared experience.
The Stanislaus County seat, Modesto, is a city of roughly 210,000 established 150 years ago. The hard working history of its early days includes agriculture, rail, banking, and industrial business. Fast forward a few years, and most reminiscent residents can recall the legendary car cruising through downtown Modesto streets, a trend made more popular by Filmmaker and Hometown Hero George Lucas’s award-winning 1973 film American Graffiti.
The City of Modesto is home to the largest privately owned winery in the world, E & J Gallo, and has grown into an art loving community, with large scale public murals, outdoor dining, handmade craft fairs and regular outdoor concerts. Modesto’s proximity to Yosemite National Park, Sonoma Wine Country, San Francisco Bay Area and several Coastal towns, all within a couple of hour’s drive, make it a nice place to spend a long weekend.
Stanislaus County is proud to be home to an ever-increasing number of philanthropic organizations. Community volunteer groups like Operation 9-2-99, a local Tuolumne River cleanup effort, and our newly minted Stanislaus Arts demonstrate an emerging effort to preserve our community’s beauty and promote our local culture. Stanislaus County is proud to be home to a variety of community organizations, community-centered causes and nonprofits. Love Stanislaus and Love Modesto, for example, have inspired countless cities and counties across the country to follow our lead in rallying residents to give back through volunteerism. Love Modesto has brought together over 215,000 people from all different ages, and over 965,000 volunteer hours have been donated to our community.
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