Sean Shapiro and partner Cameron Shouppe of Reliant Roofing Inc. were having trouble finding skilled workers, so they began training them. The pair bought a vacant house to use as a training site and began looking for people to hire.

"We look for anyone with good soft skills and work ethic, not necessarily skills in roofing," Shapiro told Rowe's foundation, mikeroweWORKS.

Neighbors thought they were crazy because the house was constantly being worked on, but the effort came to the attention of Rowe, who posted a notice about it at his Facebook page.

"Sean is serious about helping close the skills gap. He speaks about his experience to anyone that will listen, “ Rowe said.

Workers who complete the 4-to-8-week course are paid while they learn and are hired after the class.

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