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CPAT Program ready to train people in construction

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

For four years, Robert Klingenberg has worked to start the Community Partnership Apprentice Training Program. His idea is to help individuals learn how to work in construction.

"It's harder for you to go to the construction site if you don't have the basic tools or the basic information," said Richard Klingenberg.

So with a location at 1100 Sycamore Street in Waterloo and a wall of tools, Klingenberg plans to teach people basic construction skills.

"You're going to learn and pass a test by showing us you can do it," he said.

The husband and father of three taught himself construction, but now he wants to do his part to help others get on their feet.

"This is all I know how to do. This is my passion.I dream this," said Klingenberg.

People will be accepted based on an interview process. There is a fee associated with the class. It includes two hours of classroom time and five hours of field experience.

The goal is to partner with realtors to buy run-down houses in Waterloo, then work to repair the homes and finally re-sell the houses. Each person in the program is provided a tool belt, thanks largely due to donations from businesses in the community.

Robert Klingenberg said the only qualifications for his training program are a desire to learn and a willingness to take responsibility for your actions.

"I'm asking each person to be responsible for your own actions. Look at what you owe your kids, look at what you owe your wife, your community," he said.

You can learn more about the Community Partnership Apprentice Training Program Saturday afternoon..

There's a ribbon cutting and open house scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m.

For more information on the CPAT Program, click here.

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