MINNEAPOLIS - Demand for skilled workers to build the new Minnesota Vikings stadium has already begun, even though the old Metrodome is far from demolished.
Summit Academy OIC is a nonprofit education and vocational training center that's assisting in the hiring process. CEO Louis King says the Sports Facility Authority, Mortenson Construction and the Vikings have provided $800,000 for worker training.
The Sports Facilities Authority expects employment to peak at 1,000 between April and August of 2015. That demand for skilled workers is spiking due to a number of large, high-profile projects that are underway including the St. Paul Saints stadium, the St. Croix River bridge and ongoing work on light rail construction.
King says his center has an initial job order for 100 skilled trade workers.