Students at the M.J.C. East Campus

Get Started at MJC

Step 1: Apply Online
Step 2: Access 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

Need help?

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 our Information for International Students.

Modesto Junior College

GVM Volunteering

Volunteer Opportunities Available

If you are interested in volunteering at WIld Planet Day, please follow this link to sign up.  You may signup for half (3 hours each) or full day shifts.  Volunteers under the age of 18 may sign up for any activity but may me moved as staff sees fit. For on going museum volunteering, please read below.

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Did you know the Great Valley Museum (GVM) cannot operate without the support of amazing volunteers like you?  Volunteering with the museum gives you the opportunity to work with the public, have a great time, meet others who are also passionate about natural history, science, and learning, and support a fabulous local non-profit organization.  Museum volunteering is ideal for retirees, students, teachers, or anyone who enjoys the reward of being part of something bigger.
The museum is open to the public 5 days out of the week but volunteers can be utilized any day.  Our volunteers work individually or in groups performing a variety of duties throughout the museum.   In order to be a volunteer, all those interested must fill out a GVM application, be Live Scanned (fingerprinted/background check), and fill out a series of district required forms prior to working.  Live Scan costs are the volunteers responsibility.  Our docents must provide a minimum of 3 volunteer hours (one gallery shift) a month and a minimum of 48 hours a year.  All volunteers receive one free year individual museum membership upon completion of their live-scan.
There are two main areas in which our docents assist: those who work in the gallery and attend various events (Gallery) and those who conduct school group tours (Tours).  Training is provided for both.
- Gallery work consists of a wide range of essential operational and foundation services within the museum. Their main focus is in gallery help but can work side-by-side with staff in marketing, handle phone inquiries, staffing the Nature Shop, animal care, and various other tasks. 
- Tours require our docents to engage visitors by conducting group tours through the museum, and providing animal and Science On a Sphere presentations.
How do I get Started?
  1. The first step is to visit the museum.
  2. Have a chat with the museum staff in order to be see where you will best fit in at the museum.
  3. Request an application packet.  You can pick one up at the museum.  You can also print one from here.
  4. Before moving forward with a Live Scan, please turn in your completed packet and await a call back.
  5. The museum will check your application to be sure all is complete and contact you to proceed with the Live Scan.
  6. A Docent trainer will contact you to set up your training.
  7. Attend and finish the docent training.
  8. Schedule time to share your love of science and our local natural history with the community!

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



Museum Hours

Sunday closed
Monday closed
Tuesday 9 to 4
Wednesday 9 to 4
Thursday 9 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. Please check our planetarium page for planetarium show times.