The Need

The Heartland Career Center serves students by strengthening their job search skills, identifying and working toward career goals, and making connections with employers.

In this region on the state, there are over 17,000 jobs in advanced manufacturing. That's 65% above the national average. It is projected that there will be 3,744 unfilled jobs in 10 years. As the need for advanced manufacturing jobs continues to grow, the school needed to expand. This community currently does not have a space or program to support adults earning advanced manufacturing & health credentials. This prompted the Heartland Career Center to embark on the process of applying for a $5 million federal grant to build an adult education center that will offer advanced manufacturing & health credentials.

The Solution

We helped Heartland Career Center secure the grant which included funding up to $5 million with a 20% match requirement.

Our engagement included several different aspects. First, we worked with the team at Heartland Career Center to successfully secure funding through grant writing and grant submission. With the grant matching requirement, we got to work creating a case statement and fund development plan to raise the final $1 million. We helped facilitate partnerships with local business and manufacturing leaders to share stories of why this campaign was important for the entire region, organized the commitment process, provided data to support the need and showcase workforce trends, and brainstormed potential stakeholders to support the cause. The final step in our engagement includes supporting the reporting requirements once funding is processed.

I feel confident that had TCG not been involved in our project that we would not have been successful.

Mark Hobbs, Director, Heartland Career Center


  • Grant writing and submission
  • Case Statement
  • Fund Development Plan
  • Ongoing grant reporting and evaluation support