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Adam

Adam, originally from Poland, has been involved with industry since his youth, where he attended technical high school in his hometown, a center for textile manufacturing. In the U.S., he had been working as a manual lathe operator for 8 years when business took a turn for the worse. Adam realized he needed to update his skill set and obtain some type of credentials to demonstrate his knowledge and experience. He went to his local workNet Dupage career center and found out about Symbol's cert...

Malathi

Before Malathi Mariselvam came from India to the U.S. in 2010, she had always been a stay-at-home mom. By 2015, with her two children growing older, she found herself with more time and a need to find sustainable employment. Her husband, a machinist, suggested a career in manufacturing and informed her of Symbol’s programs. She started her classes as a quiet student, but instructors noticed the way her confidence grew with each class. After a couple months at Symbol, Malathi was reading blue...

Anginette

Angie got a blessing in disguise when she was laid off from her job. She went to apply for benefits and began working with one of the workforce development programs in her area. Due to the fact that she had been laid off, Angie was able to qualify for tuition assistance from the WIA Dislocated Workers program. She decided to seek out a career in an industry that had always intrigued her; manufacturing. Although the field was traditionally male dominated, she felt confident to make the leap be...

Tyler

Tyler graduated from Lake Community High School in the Spring of 2013. He had already visited Symbol with his father some months before. He enjoyed working on projects with his hands and had felt drawn to the manufacturing field. Working with machines and getting the sense that he was creating products of value was a major appeal to him. He was actually still only 17, and waited reluctantly for his 18th birthday before he could enroll in courses at Symbol. Tyler started CNC 303 in July. He pa...

Peter

Peter started his career working as a punch press operator in Chicago. He loved the work; however after 6 years at the same company, he was laid off and could not find comparable employment. He spent the next few years at different jobs, first taking a position at the Library, then working at the Health Club and finally ending up as a train conductor for the Union Pacific Railroad. He knew he wanted to get back into manufacturing, but felt he needed additional training. He stopped by Symbol J...

Jason

Jason started working as a door greeter for a large retailer. He then spent the next year packing orders for an auto parts distributor and then worked as a mechanical assembler. Due to the downturn in the economy he was laid off in 2009 and could not find comparable work. He was forced to take a part time job as a bartender to help make ends meet. Jason then found out about the opportunities that a Symbol Job Training, Inc. education provides in the manufacturing field. As such, Jason success...

Oscar

Oscar was looking for a good manufacturing career and researched different professions. He quickly learned that the profession of CNC Machinist was both exciting, challenging and that it paid very well. He applied and was hired by a CNC shop in Franklin Park. With no prior Machining experience, he started out on the shop floor as a deburring assistant. He worked in the same position for 4 years with limited advancement. He patiently watched as newly hired employees would leap over him in both...

Franchot

Franchot spent the first 7 years of his career performing building maintenance in office buildings. He then worked several years as a machine operator for a steel company where he operated steel cutting band saws, punch presses and drill presses. For the next 8 years he settled in as an HVAC Technician installing heating and air conditioning systems. In 2009 he was laid off and could not find comparable work. Franchot enrolled in National Able's Trade Adjustment Assistance program. With the g...

Jairus

Jairus came to Symbol in the Spring of 2013 hoping to get his career back on track. He had been laid off from a lightbar assembler position, and despite his skills and experience, was finding it difficult to get another job. There was a shortage of openings in his field and he knew that it was time to consider a new field. Jairus learned about Symbol through a web search and scheduled a tour. Jairus researched the CNC field prior to his tour and was impressed with the number of opportunities ...

Minh

Minh's dream was for her three children to attend College in the United States. So, five years ago, she and her husband with their three high school age children moved from Vietnam to Evanston. Her husband promptly found a position in an office, while Minh, with limited English, took a job in a factory. With their combined incomes, they calculated, they would be able to send all 3 children to college. The eldest two were attending out of state colleges, when all of a sudden in 2009 Minh was l...
 
 

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