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In The Press

Emerging Leaders Under 40
Diana Peters, Executive Director at Symbol Training Institute was named one of the talented emerging leaders under 40 for 2018! Young professionals are a vital asset to the precision machined parts industry, and it is important to acknowledge those who are making strides toward shaping the industry’s future. is recognizing our industry’s young talent who were nominated by their peers through our new Emerging Leaders program.(scroll to picture #14 for Diana Peters)
Emerging Leaders Training Program

Tom Peters, Director of Workforce Development at Symbol Training Institute, was proud to participate in the Emerging Leaders training program sponsored by the Small Business Administration (SBA). This is the 10th year that the SBA Illinois District Office has hosted the executive education series. The program helps to connect small business owners with a network of industry peers and experts, then fosters the creation of a three year strategic growth action plan.

Symbol’s Founder Alex Kogan, Honored In Crain’s 50 Over 50

Breaking Perceptions. Building Possibilities Dedicated individuals across Illinois are working each day to improve lives, create stronger communities, and disrupt the idea of aging. As champions of leadership, they truly represent that aging is about growth, creating new opportunities, and being there for the neighbors in their communities. Leveraging 40 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, Alex Kogan founded Symbol Training Institute to provide the specialize

Voyage Chicago Features Diana Peters, Executive Director of Symbol Training Institute

Diana, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today? Symbol Training Institute evolved out of Symbol Tool, a tool and die shop that was founded over three decades ago. I serve as the Executive Director/Founder of Symbol Training Institute, a post secondary career and technical hands-on advanced manufacturing training facility in the Chicagoland area. I lead Symbol’s initiative to combat the skilled labor shortage by providing superior hands-on training and job

Tammy Duckworth Congratulates Diana Peters on Step Ahead Award

Tammy Duckworth congratulates Diana Peters, Executive Director at Symbol Training Institute on her STEP Ahead Award received in Washington DC in April 21, 2017

Money Talks: Exploring Women’s Relationship with Money – Featuring: Diana Peters

At DyMynd we focus on a woman’s relationship with money to break down the barrier for financial empowerment. Money has culturally been a taboo subject and we have found that women are told not to talk about it in public. This leads women to feel uncomfortable about their finances and uneasy to share their stories and experiences. This year it is important that we breakdown these barriers so that we can all rise and stand together.

Symbol Offers Hands On Manufacturing Training in Spanish

Symbol is the premier choice for Spanish Speakers who want to enter and succeed in the Manufacturing Industry. Classes are taught in Spanish in a machine shop setting. Hands on training

Don’t Take Rejection Personally

Symbol Training Institute is an advanced manufacturing school that was created to help companies improve their current workforce, or help educate and train beginners in manufacturing. Diana Peters, owner and executive director, shares the story of how the company has evolved from just a tool and die shop to the largest manufacturing training school in the Chicago area. Peters shares that she focuses on the quality of the service, as well as the customers

Women of Excellence in the Metalforming Industry

Symbol Training Institute, Diana leads its initiative to combat the skilled-labor As the executive director and founder of Symbol Training shortage by providing hands-on training (including NIMS credentialing) and job placement, and strongly advocates for women’s equality in manufacturing by promoting the profession to women and employing several female instructors to assist in her efforts. In addition, Diana sits on U.S. Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth’s National Manufacturing Advisory Council

Small Business Owner Took a Leap: Symbol Training Institute

Entrepreneur Diana Peters believes that success in business requires a delicate balance of embracing risk and preparing for it. “Jumping into the water without knowing how to swim and no flotation device is not a wise decision,” she said. “You need to plan how you’re going to get to the other side.”

Looking Abroad to Solve Manufacturing Skill’s Gap

A recent trip to Germany hammered home for Thomas Peters, a workforce development executive, just how differently that country handles training for the next generation of factory workers. Peters helps run in Skokie, which teaches computer numerical control machining to students. (His wife ) Earlier this month he joined a 15-person delegation to the European nation that comprised manufacturers, academics and economic development professionals all tied to metalworking.

Skokie Training School Places People to Work!

Symbol Training Institutes prepares students for REAL manufacturing jobs. Symbol holds a job fair with hundreds of unemployed individuals and a room filled with manufacturing companies willing to hire on the spot!

Diana Peters featured in Colibri’s ‘Breaking The Steel Ceiling’

Colibri Spindles, ‘The Metalworking Innovators,’ recently featured Symbol’s Executive Director, Diana Peters, in ‘Breaking The Steel Ceiling: Women Prove Themselves in the CNC Manufacturing World.’ Symbol is thrilled to be doing our part to lessen the gender gap in the manufacturing field, however the numbers speak for themselves

#1 in NIMS Credentialing

Symbol is once again the #1 ranked National Institute of Metalworking Skills ( NIMS ) credentialing provider with 26% of all NIMS credentials in Illinois being earned by Symbol’s students. We are also proud to be a top producer of NIMS credentials in the nation for the second year in a row. We continue to provide qualified and credentialed graduates to our manufacturing workforce