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Panelist Bio


James C. Hou
Hero2Hired, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

James C. Hou is the Employment Coordinator for Louisiana, under the Department of Defense’s Hero2Hired program.

As the Employment Coordinator, Mr. Hou works with Guard and Reserve servicemembers, and veterans and military spouses, to find employment that fits their talents and experiences.

He also conducts outreach with civilian employers to educate on the skillsets of military servicemembers. He has also served in an advisory capacity with Fortune 500 companies as they develop veteran recruitment and retention programs (Apollo Global Management, Starbucks, and Yahoo, among others).

Prior to his current position, Mr. Hou served as the Career Advisor for Tulane University’s MBA program.

He holds a Bachelor’s in Education from the University of Missouri and a Juris Doctor from Tulane.

He is also a veteran, serving as a combat medic with the Missouri Army National Guard from 2001-2005, and as an officer with the 101st Airborne Division from 2005-2010.

Current Topic


     08/17 - Studying TOPS

Is TOPS a worthwhile incentive or a middle-class tax break?
Louisiana’s TOPS program provides free in-state college tuition for qualifying students. Up until recently, TOPS has covered the full amount so as tuition rose, so did the award. The state’s cost of funding the program has nearly tripled over the last ten years.

Students entering their senior year of high school this fall will face new regulations. TOPS awards will no longer automatically rise as tuition increases. That means TOPS recipients and their families will pay for the difference unless the Legislature specifically votes to raise TOPS again.

A legislative task force will study how to sustain the program this fall. So, is TOPS a worthwhile incentive or a middle-class tax break? Should TOPS be based on financial need? Should GPA standards be raised for recipients? Should TOPS graduates be required to stay in the state or pay back the award? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Studying TOPS” Wednesday, August 23 at 7 p.m. on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, August 22)
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