How she’s working to narrow skill and gender gaps in manufacturing

Growing up, Diana Peters hung out with her dad, Alex Kogan, at his Skokie tool and die shop, Symbol Tool Inc. When they saw a growing shortage of skilled workers to operate advanced systems to run the machines that produce parts, they founded Symbol Training Institute, a for-profit vocational school. Opened in 2005 in the original shop, Symbol teaches workers on computer numerical control (CNC) machines and has expanded in new locations in Skokie and Addison.