John Hoops, Ph.D. Boston University, has extensive background in the design and delivery of workforce development services, design of technical education programs, and policy and strategic planning in postsecondary education. As a member of FutureWorks, Hoops grounds these efforts in an economic-demand perspective within a regional economic development framework. Hoops has held leadership positions in private organizations and in government relating to the development and implementation of policy and programs in workforce development and regional economic development.
Through 2013-2014, Hoops co-led with his FutureWorks colleagues a project to define a regional agenda for economic growth and opportunity in Hampshire County, Massachusetts. In this project the goal is to develop business growth strategies as well as build opportunities for residents. Hampshire County contains one of the highest concentrations of education-related employment in the country, a very high concentration of creative economy business, and large numbers of entrepreneurs in various technology fields—at the same time populations of poor people, immigrants and minorities are not sharing fully in the area’s opportunities. The agenda building project—sponsored by the Hampshire County Regional Chamber of Commerce—seeks to offer strategies to stimulate business growth and to extend opportunity. The project has engendered significant support from business, civic, political and institutional leadership in the area.
Currently, Hoops is leading ongoing projects in Indiana—statewide and in Central Indiana--which rest on analyses of regional economic demand in labor markets and the supply of talent from both regional and statewide sources. This is part of a multi-year project to assist Indiana’s policy makers at city, regional and state levels to better align demand for talent with the supply of talent from both secondary technical education as well as postsecondary institutions. Early results are designing new ways of aligning technical education with regional economic needs and integrating secondary and postsecondary closely in a direct path from high school through college.
Recently, Hoops has conducted research and development projects in Tennessee and Louisiana, focusing on Career and Technical Education at the secondary and postsecondary levels. This work, carried out by FutureWorks, has led to and supported new organization of postsecondary CTE in Louisiana and Tennessee.
Previously, Hoops was involved in a six-year engagement in strategic planning and new programs development for a major US community college system. This has focused on aligning the college’s education missions with economic development trends and policy regionally and statewide. Implementation involved designing sector-based educational programming, creating accelerated education designs for working. Pilots developed through this effort are now being replicated in Indiana and in other states.
From 1995 through 2002, Hoops was the Executive Director of the Western Massachusetts Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association and of its educational arm, the Western Mass Precision Machining Institute. Hoops helped the Institute expand and deepen its curriculum, raised significant funding, and helped the Institute become an accredited educational organization.
Beginning in the 1980s, Hoops worked in Massachusetts' quasi-public organizations and state government. He helped secure legislative support for a manufacturing extension service in Massachusetts, the Center for Applied Technology, one of a handful in the country at that time. Hoops helped develop and then led technical assistance programs to small and medium-sized manufacturing companies, funded by the US Department of Labor and by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Hoops developed and oversaw the Massachusetts Manufacturing Network Program that was funded by the Commonwealth and became one of the largest programs of its type in the country.
As a consultant and member of advisory boards, Hoops has worked with the National Alliance of Business, National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Institute of Metalworking Skills, the National Tooling and Machining Association, community colleges in New England, corporations, Regional Employment Boards and various public agencies.