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.
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
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, Executive Director at Symbol Training Institute on her STEP Ahead Award received in Washington DC in April 21, 2017
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 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
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
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
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.”
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.
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!
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
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