Job Fair - Wednesday, September 20, 2023    Register
Why Symbol

Why Symbol?

#1 CNC Training Institute in Chicago

Symbol Training Institute exists to help individuals achieve professional and career success by providing targeted, quality hands-on education. Our classes are created with one goal in mind - to train students for the workforce by giving them the skills they need to find and retain employment. Our industry-vetted teaching staff, specifically designed programs and experiential training all combine to make us the leader among post-secondary education institutions.

How we started...

Symbol Training Institute founder, Alex Kogan, saw early on the need for specialized training. After years of seeking out such programs and finding that none existed, he set out to create his own. Utilizing his more than 40 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, Alex created a unique curriculum that was concise, yet targeted specifically to allow an individual to complete training and gain immediate employment. Symbol and its team has since expanded to provide a variety of courses with the same guiding principle of preparing individuals for gainful employment.

Improving Lives Through Technical Education

Symbol Training Institute evolved out of Symbol Tool, a tool and die shop that was established nearly three decades ago.

In 2006, Symbol recognized the need to start an advanced manufacturing school due to the lack of skilled labor and formalized vocational school training within the U.S. manufacturing industry. We now train individuals who are looking to start their manufacturing careers and assist them with quality job placement services. Symbol Training supports employers to meet their workforce needs by engaging directly with manufacturing companies to place our students into high demand, high paying positions. Our institution connects education with industry to produce exceptional placement results, with over 87% of graduates obtaining and retaining employment. Symbol was created by the manufacturing industry, for the manufacturing industry, and we are proud to do our part to keep manufacturing strong. Symbol Training Institute is approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education and is accredited by the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS).

Symbol Experience

Classes at Symbol are taught by industry professionals who have worked in the field for many years and bring real life experience to the classroom.

Students receive hands on practical training in our state-of-the-art machine shop. Teaching with technology is the most automatically engaging approach to student instruction. Therefore, our classrooms are equipped with up-to-date and relevant equipment and machinery to aid in the learning process.

The Symbol Experience