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Ten days later, three homes deconstructed

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- It was just ten days ago that three houses stood on Maple Street in Dubuque. Now, all that's left is the foundation.

"They showed us a lot of stuff that we didn't know. And from the first day we just pretty much picked up on that and we got these houses down really fast," participant Roland Carroll said.

Ten days ago Carroll said how excited he was to learn. Now, he's hoping his training lands him a new job and a new direction.

"It's given me confidence and made me believe in myself again," Carroll said.

The partnership between Northeast Iowa Community College and Gronen Restoration has allowed 20 men to learn how to deconstruct houses while saving 60 to 70 percent of the materials.

"Keeps it out of the landfill. You know the landfills are filling up a lot these days. And stuff like this can be rematched and resold. That's awesome," Carroll said.

But Carroll isn't alone. This program is opening doors for others, too.

"I've learned in the last couple of weeks that tearing a house down isn't as hard as it looks," Paul Gruber said.

But it's hard work that will pay off because everyone walks away certified in sustainable deconstruction.

Several of the participants will be hired by Gronen Restoration and will continue working to sustainably deconstruct and restore properties in Dubuque.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires
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