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UCFV offers an adult learning environment in which College and Career Preparation courses are a first step to further training in vocational, career, technical, and academic programs.

Such courses may also lead to better employment opportunities.

In British Columbia, these adult basic education courses are transferable from one college district to another. UCFV also offers assistance with preparation for the General Education Development (GED) tests. See General Education Development (GED) examination for further information.

Entrance Requirements

Applicants must satisfy one of the following:

1. 19 years of age or older before the first day of classes.

2. 17–18 years of age and out of school for one year, or

3. B.C. secondary school graduation.

Although there is a minimum age requirement for the program, there is no maximum age limit and students of all ages are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Students apply to CCP by attending an information and assessment session.

At information sessions, students are assessed, interviewed, and placed in the courses that best suit their abilities and career goals. To find out when the next CCP information sessions will be held, contact your nearest UCFV centre:

Abbotsford (604) 854-4578
Mission (604) 820-6015
Chilliwack (604) 795-2807
Hope (604) 869-9991, local 3779
Agassiz Community Services (604) 796-2585

Fees and Additional Costs

There is no tuition fee for College and Career Preparation courses up to and including the Provincial Level (Grade 12 equivalent) for courses numbered 051–095. However, students in courses numbered 070 and above will be required to pay the following fees: student union, library and technology, legacy, activities, and student insurance. See course framework chart.

The Adult Basic Education Student Assistance program (ABESAP) is available to assist with required fees and related costs. Financial aid officers are available to discuss students’ financial needs. Contact Student Services (Financial Aid) at (604) 864-4601 in Abbotsford or (604) 795-2808 in Chilliwack.

Dates and Locations

Students are admitted for semesters that begin in September and January on the main campuses. Continuous entry is also available in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission, and Hope. Check with the CCP department for course availability.

GED courses may start later. Courses, dates of admission, and times may differ at Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack, Agassiz, and Hope. Please check with the local centre.

Program Outline

College and Career Preparation courses are offered in two delivery options: semester-based and continuous intake classes. To progress from one course level to the next, you must obtain a C standing. A P grade (pass) carries course credit but does not allow progression to the next level.

Semester-based courses

These courses are structured within a 17-week time frame (days or evenings) in the fall and winter semesters.

Continuous intake classes

These classes are available throughout the year during the day or evening at the College and Career Preparation Learning Centres in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission, and Hope. The Learning Centres also offer focused upgrading designed to also provide students with entry-level requirements for specific UCFV vocational, applied, and academic programs.

CCP courses are on the Academic timetable.

Fundamental Level (certificate available)
(Basic Literacy)

At the first level of instruction, you may enrol in English 051, Mathematics 051, and Introduction to Computing (COMP 061), or the Volunteer Tutor program.

Prerequisite: Individual Assessment

At the second level of instruction, you may enrol in English 061, Mathematics 061, or Science 061 (optional).

Prerequisites: Individual assessment, or English 051 and Mathematics 051.

Requirements for certificate: English 061, Mathematics 061.

Intermediate Level (certificate available)

Prerequisites: English 061, Mathematics 061, or an individual assessment.

Requirements for certificate: English 071, Math 071 or Mathematics 072, Biology 071 and Chemistry 071 (formerly Science 071), and Social Science 071/072, or Education and Career Planning 074.

Advanced Level (certificate available)

Prerequisites: English 071, Mathematics 071 or Mathematics 072, Science 071, and/or individual assessment.

Requirements for certificate: Four courses — English 081, plus choices as shown in CCP Framework chart

Provincial Diploma (certificate available)
(Adult Secondary Completion)

The Provincial Diploma program, which is adult secondary completion, offers in-depth preparation for further training in vocational, career, technical or academic programs. It is very important to see an educational advisor when planning a program at this level. To complete the requirements, students will need to take courses outside the CCP department.

Prerequisites: One mathematics course at the Advanced Level and readiness to handle courses at the Provincial Level.

Requirements for diploma: Four courses — English 091, plus three others from the lists as shown in CCP Framework chart .

General Education Development (GED) Tests
(Grade 12 Equivalency certificate

The General Education Development (GED) examination is a series of tests in mathematics, science, social studies, writing, and interpreting literature and the arts. These tests are marked by the B.C. Ministry of Education. Completion of the GED may not provide students with the preparation or prerequisite skills for some academic programs.

The GED tests are scheduled up to six times each year in a regional centre. A non-refundable administration fee is payable at the time of application. To write the test, you must be 19 or older and a B.C. resident for at least six months. GED Prep courses are available at UCFV. Program information is available from Student Services, Access and Continuing Education, or regional centres.

Computer Labs

Introductory computer classes are scheduled in the Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission, and Hope computer labs. You can use computer software to help you with any skill area in which you need to improve.

Peer Helpers

Peer Helpers is a service group involved in the College and Career Preparation department. The Peer Helper program assists new students in making successful transitions to UCFV by matching new students with experienced students (peer helpers). Peer helpers are a diverse group of UCFV upgrading students of various ages and cultures who have been carefully screened, selected, and trained. To become a peer helper, a student must have already completed a least one semester at UCFV.

Peer helpers are trained in active listening, effective communication, and referral skills, and are ready to help fellow students with personal, social, and academic concerns. The aim of the Peer Helper program is for peer helpers to provide support to students by listening and helping the student clarify his/her own issues, thus empowering the student to reach his/her own decisions and conclusions. The Peer Helper program is also involved in school events. In the process, peer helpers provide information to students about UCFV, Sto:lo, and community resources.

If you would like more information about Peer Helpers, or would like to become a peer helper, please contact Doug Warren (Peer Helper coordinator), at (604) 853-7441, local 4417 (Abbotsford campus).

Volunteer Tutor Program

This program deals with reading, writing, and mathematics at a beginning level. Emphasis is on practical life skills needed by adults. Instruction is provided on a one-to-one basis by volunteer tutors. For more information call Tad Nicol, (604) 792-0025, local 2494 in Chilliwack; or Terry Zgrada, (604) 853-7441, local 4776 in Abbotsford.

Course Listings

For complete details on courses see Course Descriptions.


COMP 061 Introduction to Computers
COMP 071 Introduction to Computers (Part II)
ECP 064 Education and Career Planning
ECP 074 Education and Career Planning — Skills for Success


ENGL 051 Fundamental English
ENGL 061 Fundamental English
ENGL 071 Intermediate English
ENGL 081 Advanced English
ENGL 091 Provincial English (Pre-College Introduction to Literature)
ENGL 101 Pre-College Composition


Note: All students applying to UCFV for math courses at the 080 and 090 levels must write a Math Placement Test on dates provided in order to get permission to register. For further details, please refer to the Math Course Descriptions.

MATH 051 Fundamental Mathematics
MATH 061 Fundamental Mathematics
MATH 071 Intermediate Business Mathematics
MATH 072 Intermediate Algebraic Mathematics
MATH 081 Advanced Business Mathematics
MATH 084 Advanced Developmental Math (Introductory Mathematics 11 — Algebra)
MATH 085 Advanced Algebraic Mathematics
MATH 094 Introduction to College Mathematics I
MATH 095 Introduction to College Mathematics II


PHIL 095 Constructive Thinking and Problem Solving


SCI 061 Fundamental Science (optional)
BIO 071 Life Science
BIO 083 Pre-College Biology I
BIO 093 Pre-College Biology II
CHEM 071 Physical Science
CHEM 083 Pre-College Chemistry
CHEM 093 Pre-College Chemistry II
PHYS 083 Pre-College Physics I
PHYS 093 Pre-College Physics II


FREN 100 Introduction to French

Social Science

SSC 071 Intermediate Social Science
SSC 072 Sto:lo Studies

Academic Support Courses

For information about pre-college courses, see Academic Support Courses, and the Course Descriptions section.

Check the College and Career Preparation Framework

Full-time Faculty

Trudy Archie, BEd, PDP (SFU)
Jean Atkinson, BEd (Calgary), BSc (UBC), MSc(Ed) (SFU)
Leonne Beebe, BEd (UBC), MPE (UBC)
Donna Costello, BSc, MSc, PDP (SFU)
Tom Davis, BSc (Texas/Arlington), Prof. Teaching Cert. (Texas and BC)
Susan DeLong, BEd (UBC), Prof. Teaching Cert. (BC)
Janet Gibson, BA, BEd (Sask), Prof. Teaching Cert. (Sask)
Vicki Grieve, BA, PDP (SFU), Prof. Teaching Cert. (BC)
Bonnie Hamilton, Elementary School Teaching Cert. (UBC),
Life Skills Coach Cert. (FVC), Instructor’s Diploma (VCC), MA-in-progress (SFU)
Sheryl Henderson, BA, Prof. Teaching Cert. (Sask)
Marilyn MacDonald, BA (Mt. Allison)
Keith Mohammed, BA (UBC), Prof. Teaching Cert. (BC), PDP (SFU)  
Nada Traison, BA, Prof. Teaching Cert. (BC, Michigan), Substance Abuse Counselling Cert.(FVC)
Wendy Watson, BA (SFU), PDP (SFU), Prof. Teaching Cert. (BC)
Perla Werk, BEd, PDP, (SFU), Prof. Teaching Cert. (BC)

Full-time Staff

Corry Jensen, Department Assistant
Darlene Cameron, Life Skills Coach Cert. (FVC)
Virginia Minnabarriett
Tad Nicol, BA (SFU)
Carla Petker, BA Hons. Psych (Uvic)
Mary Saunders, SRN, Dip. in Liberal Arts and Science (FVC)
Bertha Solvey, Human Services Dip. (FVC), Instructors Dip. (UBC), Life Skills Coach Cert. (FVC)
Ruth Vandenbor, Literacy Tutor Certificate (UCFV)
Douglas Warren, Dip. Social Services (UCFV)
Terry Zgrada, Dip. Social Services (UCFV)

Regular Part-time & Sessional Faculty

Susan Brigden, BSc, MA, PhD (UBC)
Anna Marie Dixon, BA, BEd (Queen’s)
Michael Katz, BA (McGill), MEd (Ottawa), Prof. Teaching Cert. (BC)
Anna Kuczynska, MSc (Warsaw)
John Munro, BSc (UBC), Prof. Teaching Cert. (BC)
Tad Nicol, BA (SFU)
Roger Tro, BA, MA (Montana), PhD (Greenwich)
Anna Wauthy, BA (Hons) Uvic, Instructor Diploma-in-progress (VCC)

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