Air Force veteran is Minot State’s new academic coach
Rob McRae’s main job is as an academic coach in the POWER Center, but he also assists students in the Minot State Military Resource Center on campus.
MINOT, N.D. • Minot State University has many connections to the U.S. military, specifically the Air Force, including the Minot Air Force Base just 15 miles north of campus.
Rob McRae, a new addition to the Military Resource Center and the POWER Center, is a recent veteran and started working at Minot State this year.
“I served in the United States Air Force for eight years. For five years, I was a Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory (PMEL) technician stationed at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nevada. For the last three years of my career, I was a Missile Alert Facility Manager stationed at Minot Air Force Base,” McRae said.
“I work with students directly as a POWER Center academic coach. I mentor and advise POWER Center students, as well as make sure they are receiving assistance and information on things like financial literacy and tutoring.”
Although McRae’s main job is as an academic coach in the POWER Center, he also assists students in the Minot State Military Resource Center on campus. The center is for individuals currently serving, veterans, spouses, or dependents.
“One of the ways that my role is connected with veterans is my location on campus. My office is located in the Military Resource Center, not in the POWER Center itself. This allows students to still receive some of the services available at the POWER Center without them having to choose between the spaces available to them,” he said.
“Students may already need to stop by the Military Resource Center, and they can see me as well if needed. As someone that earned my degree while on active duty and would have qualified for the POWER Program, I really enjoy the opportunity I have to belong to and serve the same community.”
Calli Delsman is a communications student assistant at Minot State University.