Michigan School Counselor Selected for Summer Admissions Coach at the University of Southern California (USC)

Counselor is one of only 12 individuals serving in this prestigious role

May 14, 2019 - LANSING, Mich.− Cathy Longstreet, department head of school counseling at Hastings High School in Hastings, Michigan, has been selected to serve as an Admissions Coach for the University of Southern California Bovard Scholars Program.  She is the first individual from Michigan to serve in this role with the program.  Longstreet has been affiliated with the Michigan College Access Network for five years and most recently was named to a two-year term on the Governor’s Education Advisory Council. 

The University of Southern California Bovard Scholars Program convenes from July 8 to August 3, 2019. Longstreet will work closely with a cohort of 10 college-bound students.  She will work individually with each student to help identify best-fit colleges, review college application essays, discuss career interests, teach college knowledge, and provide support and encouragement throughout the college application process, even after the three week intensive summer experience.  In addition, Longstreet will continue her support of these students virtually throughout their senior year of high school to help with college and financial aid applications and the decision-making process.

“Cathy Longstreet is an outstanding educator who exudes passion for student success in high school and beyond,” said Dr. Carrie Duits, superintendent of Hastings Public Schools. “She researches opportunities that will personalize education, and works collaboratively to implement new programs that ensure student success. Cathy inspires students to achieve beyond their own expectations.”

Longstreet was selected through a competitive process.  She demonstrated experience assisting high-achieving, low-income high school students with the college application process, strong writing and public speaking skills, a capacity for engaging students in the classroom, and a passion for expanding student access and academic opportunity.

 About the Bovard Scholars Program

USC Bovard Scholars aims to help very high-achieving high school rising seniors with financial need gain admission to and succeed at the nation’s top universities.  Scholars will receive expert admission and financial aid guidance, comprehensive test preparation, personalized career exploration and leadership development opportunities.  The program includes an intensive, three-week residential experience during the summer on USC’s campus at no cost to the students.

About Michigan College Access Network 
As the leader in the state’s college access movement, MCAN’s mission is to increase Michigan’s college readiness, participation and completion rates, particularly among low-income students, first-generation college going students, and students of color. For the eighth year in a row, Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate has increased — from 35.7 percent of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate degree in 2008, to 41 percent in 2018. Additionally, it is estimated another 4 percent of Michiganders have a high-quality certificate, bringing Michigan’s official attainment rate to 45 percent as of 2019.  It is MCAN’s goal to increase Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate to 60 percent by the year 2025. For more information, visit micollegeaccess.org

About Longstreet

Cathy Longstreet is the chair of the counseling department at Hastings High School, where she has worked since 2009.  Longstreet earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Alma College, a master of arts degree in teaching from Aquinas College, and a master’s degree in counselor education from Western Michigan University. She serves as instructor for the School Counselor Postsecondary Planning Course offered by MCAN and has facilitated for an online college course on “counseling in the college selection process” offered through MACAC.  She has been a volunteer college coach for Scholarmatch and has presented at several MCAN conferences.  In 2017, Longstreet was named MCAN’s Michigan School Counselor of the Year.  Her professional training includes experiences at Harvard University, Yale University and UCLA.  Longstreet serves as Executive Board Secretary for the Michigan Association of College Admission Counseling (MACAC) and is a current member of the National College Access Network, the National Association for College Admission Counseling, the American School Counselor Association and the Michigan School Counselor Assocation. 

Media Contact: Christopher Tremblay

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