Melissa Teed started at UNBC as a NAP student in 2008 and is currently pursuing a Bachelors' of Commerce degree at UNBC.
Because of cultural and sociological differences, traditionally, First Nations students from smaller and rural communities have had the most difficulty adjusting to university in a larger centre  The First Nations Centre, in cooperation with the Faculty of Arts and Science, offers a transition year studies program to students who wish to attend the University of Northern British Columbia.  The intention is to create a program of study that is relevant to First Nations students from smaller and rural communities and will support students from initial enrollment to graduation.  This program allows students to take full advantage of the educational opportunities offered, and prepares them for subsequent employment.  This program will also ensure that a higher percentage of students will successfully complete their degrees as a result of an easier adjustment to, and enjoyment of, university life in a larger centre.
Corporate Sponsors
The University of Northern British Columbia would like to thank the following companies for their financial support of the Northern Advancement Program:
  • HSBC Canada
  • Burlington Resources
  • Shell Canada Limited
  • Husky Energy
Program Partners
The following Corporate Partners have been instrumental in ensuring the endowment funding necessary to deliver the Northern Advancement Program:
W. Maurice Young Foundation   
 CIBC  BC Hydro
Weldwood 
CD Howe Memorial Foundation