Community Access

Learning and access to learning is important to all Canadian adults. An individual can expect to change careers or career direction at least three times within his/her working life. This will require the ability to constantly acquire new knowledge and skills. The Community Access division endeavours to meet these lifelong learning needs of adults using traditional as well as innovative delivery methods. Delivery methods such as computer-mediated instruction, onsite training, and contract training options are currently used in Community Access. Innovative methods of assessment such as laddering and PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition) are also used throughout the division’s programs.

The division also tries to alleviate the barriers to access to learning opportunities faced by people needing high school completion and upgrading to continue with their post-secondary education goals, through the College and Career Preparation department.

Dean: Karen Evans, BAdmin (Athabasca), MIR (Queen’s), EdD (Doctor of Education) (UBC)
Phone: 604-854-4518

Administrative Assistant: Wendy Fulford
Phone: 604-854-4541

Continuing Studies

The Continuing Studies department offers a wide range of courses and programs from personal development to professional training and upgrading as well as special events. Continuing Studies courses are offered at UCFV’s three campuses in Chilliwack, Abbotsford, and Mission, and in community facilities in Hope and Agassiz. The courses are offered on a short-term or part-time basis during evenings, daytime hours, and weekends.

UCFV aspires to serve residents of all ages and in all parts of the community, and therefore looks to local groups and individuals for course ideas and for assistance in program planning. It cooperates with community agencies in organizing co-sponsored courses and events, and encourages participation by interested individuals and community groups.

Continuing Studies issues program booklets twice each year, before the beginning of each semester in September and January. The booklets are delivered free to every household in the UCFV region. They list and describe all the full- and part-time Continuing Studies courses offered by UCFV, and contain all the information necessary for you to enrol. Or check the website at for more details.

Continuing Studies has an extensive instructional program, offering non-credit courses in many employment-related fields.

Continuing Studies programs are offered in the following categories:

Part-time Vocational/Business courses and programs

Many business, trade, and occupational courses are offered on a part-time basis for both upgrading and pre- employment training.

Continuing Studies program and course categories include: certificate programs, agriculture and horticulture, career and job training, community health education, dental professions, fine arts, first aid and CPR, information technology, human and social services, languages, personal and professional development, sports and recreational leadership, tourism and hospitality, trades and technology, and writing. For more information visit

Many part-time vocational courses are offered in response to special requests by business, industry, and labour. UCFV can respond quickly to requests for specialized training.

Continuing Studies certificate programs

Continuing Studies offers a number of certificate programs in a variety of employment sectors.

Each program may have its own set of entrance requirements. Applicants should contact the person listed with the program for more information.

Bookkeeping for Small Business — Please see the Applied Business Technology section for more information.

Community Pharmacy Technician — Please see the Health Sciences section for more information.

Computer Assisted Drafting (CAD) — A part-time program that provides training at a basic skills level and also skill development in specialty areas and functions. For more information, contact the program coordinator, at 604-864-4675, or via email at

Dental Office Receptionist — Please see the Health Sciences section for more information.

Family Child Care — This program provides training for licensed family daycare providers, nannies, and parent aides. Both practising and potential care providers can attend this part-time program. 

Floral Design — Please see the Agriculture section for more information.

Legal Administrative Assistant — Please see the Applied Business Technology section for more information.

Literacy Tutor — This is a 160-hour part-time certificate program consisting of five modules and two practicums. It is designed for volunteers and professionals wishing to develop or advance their knowledge of tutoring adult learners in a college or community setting.

Medical Imaging Clinical Support Worker — Please see the Health Sciences section for more information.

Medical Office Assistant — Please see the Health Sciences section for more information.

Nursing Unit Clerk — Please see the Health Sciences section for more information.

Substance Abuse Counselling — Designed for people working in the human services, social work, education, and corrections fields. Contact Gloria Wolfson at 604-854-4560.

Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) — This certificate program prepares students for careers as teachers of English to speakers of other languages.

It can be taken either after completion of a bachelor’s degree program or while completing one. See TESL section for additional information or contact Catherine McDonald at 604-864-4650 or email

Other subject areas

Agricultural courses

Offered primarily for people currently employed in agriculture, part-time courses include subjects such as pesticide use and dispersion training, horticulture, cattle nutrition, and a variety of crop courses. UCFV is able to set up short-term agriculture courses to suit the needs of specific groups in the area, and your inquiries are invited.

UCFV and community sponsored cultural events

UCFV supports and promotes, with other community groups, a variety of non-traditional educational activities. These events or activities are usually co-sponsored and can range from major events like citizens’ forums to the organization of speakers and discussion groups.

Regional centres

UCFV administers a regional centre in Hope as well as the Agassiz information centre. The centres offer these services:

• Registration and program information
• Vocational and career program information
• Counselling appointments
• Learning resources. Some of the resources and services of the main UCFV library are available on request.
• Audio/visual equipment, such as TVs, VCRs, cassette recorders, and overhead projectors, are available to instructors. Students should inquire about their needs. Ask at your regional centre for further information.

Regional centre staff invite your suggestions, ideas, and comments. These people are the liaison between UCFV and the communities it serves, and they welcome your input. Please drop in!

Course co-sponsors

UCFV would be unable to operate effectively without the cooperation of many agencies and organizations in the region. More than 30 groups are actively working with UCFV in co-sponsoring educational and activity programs of many types.

UCFV is grateful to these organizations for the assistance they provide in bringing more effective programming to the people of the Fraser Valley.

Contract training

UCFV is community oriented, and organized to provide educational opportunities in an extremely diverse range of subject areas, from agriculture, arts and aviation to university transfer, welding and word processing. Through its Continuing Studies department UCFV is able to make available this broad spectrum of instructional and professional expertise, on a cost-recovery basis, to organizations, agencies and other clients within the UCFV community whose special requirements cannot be met through our regular calendar of offerings. Examples of contracted courses and services include:

•  Customer service
•  Computer training (Internet, word processing, desktop publishing, computerized bookkeeping)
•  Personal/professional development
•  Management training
•  Community Health
•  First aid training
•  WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
•  Agricultural workshops and seminars
•  Forklift Truck certification
•  Airbrake Training
•  Curriculum development
•  Traffic Control person
•  Welding

For more information on contracted UCFV services, contact a Continuing Studies representative at the UCFV centre nearest you.

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