Thomas Peters serves as the Director Business Operations of Symbol Training Institute, a post secondary career and technical hands-on advanced manufacturing training facility in the Chicagoland area. Tom leads Symbol's initiative to combat the skilled labor shortage by providing superior hands-on training and job placement services to its students and the manufacturing community. Tom's passion for workforce development is evident from his proven track record with manufacturing companies who hire Symbol graduates. Under Thomas' leadership, Symbol has positioned itself as an employer-driven institute. His endless persistence has helped place hundreds of students into high paying, high demand jobs within the manufacturing field despite it being during one of the worst economic recessions in years.
Thomas has also helped expand the course curriculum to strategically place Symbol in a growth position while providing better service to the manufacturing industry. In 2013, Symbol was designated a Manufacturing Sector Center for all of Cook County by the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership. Thomas is active in a variety of civic and cultural organizations including The National Manufacturing Reshoring Initiative, The Boys & Girls Club of Chicago, YouthBuild, and Family Focus.