Modesto Junior College celebrates a century of education, helping first-generation students

Modesto Junior College, which has historically served many first-generation students, celebrated on Sunday its hundredth year of giving people who would not otherwise be able to afford it a chance for higher education. George Boodrookas is the executive director of the Modesto Junior College Foundation. On the school's century-mark of existing, he reflected on when his own mother came to school at Modesto Junior College, or MJC, after she immigrated from Greece in 1952. "The first thing she did when she got to Modesto was take a class. That class was an English class, and it was right here at Modesto Junior College," Boodrookas said. "There are thousands of stories like that — just thousands."

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