Executive Director, Symbol Training Institute

Diana Peters serves as the Executive Director of Symbol Training Institute, a post secondary career and technical hands-on training facility in the Chicagoland area. Diana leads Symbol's initiative to combat the skilled labor shortage by providing superior hands-on training and job placement through her institution. She strongly advocates for women's equality in manufacturing by promoting the profession to women and employing several female instructors to assist in her efforts. Diana's passion for workforce development is evident from her proven track record with manufacturing companies who hire Symbol graduates. Under her leadership, Symbol has positioned itself as an employer-driven institute. Since Symbol's emergence in 2005, Diana's endless persistence has helped place hundreds of students into high paying, high demand jobs despite it being during the worst economic recession in years. She has also expanded the course curriculum to strategically place Symbol in position to grow rapidly while providing better service to the manufacturing industry. In 2013, through Diana’s efforts, Symbol was designated a Manufacturing Sector Center for all of Cook County by the Chicago Cook Partnership.  Additionally, Symbol has also recently become a National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) accredited institution.