Illinois Technical College

Illinois Technical College

Illinois Technical College

Illinois Technical College was a small private junior college that specialized in teaching electronics theory and repair. The college was located in the loop area of downtown Chicago on Wabash Avenue. The college is no longer in operation having closed in 1992.

ITC School Officials

Harold M. Rabin .........President
Aminul Karim .............Dean/Director of Education
Martin Lash................Director of Student Affairs


The school was founded in 1950 by Harold M. Rabin, and was originally known as the Chicago School of Televi­sion Repair and later as Electronics Trades Institute. In 1964 the name was changed to Electronics Technical Insti­tute of Illinois and in 1980 the name was changed to Illinois Technical College to reflect the school's status as a diversi­fied training institution.

When Mr. Rabin founded ITC, he owned his own television repair and service business and employed many techni­cians. However, many of the "trained" technicians he encountered still needed a practical "hands-on" course In tele­vision service and repair.While training technicians for his own needs, he developed the sound, practi­cal shop training method that is used today in ITC's television service tech­nicians course.

Over several years Illinois Technical College grew from a single subject Vocational School to a multi-course Technical College offering an approved Associate Degree in Electro-Mechanical Computer Engineering Technology along with a wide variety of courses at various levels of training.

Approvals and Authorizations Ap­proved by the Illinois Office of Education and the Illinois Board of Higher Educa­tion. Also approved for veterans training under Title 38 of the U.S. Code. Bureau of Indian Affairs. Eligible institution under the Federally Insured Student Loan and Grant Program.

Illinois Technical College was an ac­credited, member of the National As­sociation of Trade and Technical Schools of Washington, D.C.Also a charter member of the Illinois Association of Trade and Technical Schools, and a charter member of the Illinois Associa­tion of Accredited Schools and Colleges.

ITC Faculty and Staff

ITC faculty members were selected for their technical skills, on-the-job experience, and their ability to make the principles of electronics meaningful to their students. Each faculty member had an extensive background in electronics and electronic servicing. Each one was an experienced, state licensed, voca­tional teacher. They possed a current, working knowledge of electronics.


Illinois Technical College was located at 506 S. Wabash Avenue in downtown Chicago Illinois. Class sizes were limited to 20 students per laboratory or shop and 40 students per lecture.

All TV training class­rooms and shops were well equipped with standard brand color TV and radio receivers. These hands-on teaching workshops had a wide variety of test equipment used to repair televisions and radios, such as oscilloscopes, voltme­ters, signal generators, etc. Several well equipped elec­tronics labs were used to teach analog and digital electronics. These labs were equipped with advanced electron­ic test equipment, including multiple trace oscilloscopes, digital voltmeters and micro-computers.

Each Associate degree student was given a complete portable prototyping protoboard system to construct electronic circuits. This training system was developed by ITC and it had a patent.

Programs of Study

4 Semester Associate Degree
Electro-Mechanical Computer Engineering Technology (71 Credit Hours)
3 Semester Certificates
Electronics Technology Program (53 Credit Hours)
Consumer Electronics and Color TV Service Technician (49 Credit Hours)
Electronic Drafting Technology Program (44 Credit Hours)

2 Semester Certificates
Electronics Service Technician (36 Credit Hours)
Consumer Electronics Technology (32 Credit Hours)
Drafting Technology (30 Credit Hours)

Partnership with Roosevelt University

Roosevelt University had an agreement Illinois Technical College, that students in their undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronics Engineering Technology (BSEET) would attend Illinois Technical College for their electronics technology training. This program included courses from Roosevelt's College of Arts and Sciences and Walter E. Heller College of Business Administration. Students took 56 credit hours of technical training at Illinois Technical College as part of their degree requirement. ITC was located across the street from Roosevelt University.


*"1981 Illinois Technical College Catalog"
*"1991 Roosevelt University BSEET Degree Pamphlet"

All records are held by the Illinois State Board of Education

For Further Information Contact:

Lisa Teubner at ISBE, phone 217-782-2948

Illinois State Board of Education
Private Business and Vocational Schools
100 North First Street
Springfield, IL 62777

Notable Staff and Alummi
* [ Professor Norman Crowder]
*Gloria Ray Karlmark
*Edward T. Hall

Trade and Vocational Training Links

* [ US Dept of Labor of Employment and Training Administration - Office of Apprenticeship Training, Employer and Labor Services (OATELS)]
* [ U.S. Job Training and Vocational Education Programs]
* [ Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)]

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