Upgrading and University Preparation


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Michelle Rickaby

Michelle Rickaby, BA, PID, MA

Instructional Assistant

Upgrading and University Preparation

Chilliwack campus at CEP, A1403

Phone: 604-795-2807

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Michelle advises students in the Upgrading and University Preparation program. She assists students in completing Adult Graduation, (the Dogwood) and upgrading for university programs or employment. Having been at UFV for over 20 years, as a student and working for the International and Upgrading departments, she is familiar with many aspects of the post-secondary education system.

As a mature student Michelle started at UCFV earning her Social Services Diploma and Degree in Adult Education. She has recently completed her Master of Arts in Educational Administration from the University of South Dakota. Michelle believes in lifelong learning and persistence in reaching educational goals. Her interests include international travel, cycling, gardening, and spending time with her grandchildren. 


  • Bachelor of Arts, UFV
  • Master of Arts in Educational Administration, University of South Dakot
  • Certified Program Planner, Learning Resources Network
  • Social Services Diploma, University of the Fraser Valley
  • Intercultural Communication Certificate, University of British Columbia
  • Provincial Instructor Diploma, Vancouver Community College
  • Threat Assessment & Trauma Response Level 1


Chilliwack Learning Society, Board of Directors
Chilliwack Learning Society, TASK group member
UFV Joint Professional Development Committee

Teaching Interests

English as a Second Language, Harbin China 2003
English as a Second Language, Seoul South Korea 2006
UFV TASK (Training in Attitudes, Skills, and Knowledge) 2016

Research Interests

Motivating and engaging students in returning to education
Assisting students in meeting their educational goals
Lifelong learning


Conference Presention at CAMTESOL Cambodia,  Student Engagement
Upgrading at the University of the Fraser Valley
Hosting International Students for the University of the Fraser Valley
Harrison Festival of Arts Literary Café 

Community Engagement

Chilliwack Newcomer Connections
Chilliwack Learning Society
Yarrow Business Association Board member

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Upgrading through UFV was absolutely the right decision for me. I could get my foot in the door at a wonderful university, and despite having not yet completed high school, I feel like a real university student! The upgrading courses are fun and have a relaxed environment — allowing you to thrive and flourish academically.

  • – Hayley Westwood
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