The Illinois Technology Student Association (IL-TSA) was chartered in 1978 and is one of the oldest Career and Technical Education (CTE) student chapters in the world. Illinois TSA is a non-profit student organization devoted to teaching technology education to young people. IL-TSA's mission is to inspire its student members to prepare for careers in a technology-driven economy and culture. IL-TSA teachers strive to promote technological literacy, leadership, community and school service, and problem solving to their student membership.

Involvement in TSA benefits teachers as well. Relating class activities to local, regional, state and national competitive events can be highly motivational for students. The natural interaction between teachers and students can be utilized to develop an excellent learning climate, while working toward goals.

IL-TSA is the only CTE student organization dedicated exclusively to students enrolled in technology education classes grades K-12.
At the national level, TSA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, many state education agencies, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association, and the National Coordinating Council of Career and Technical Student Organizations. The Technology Education Association of Illinois is a proud sponsor of Illinois TSA and gives annually to the association.

As a service organization, Illinois TSA is gathering donations this school year for the Illinois Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Each Illinois TSA chapter should be developing ways to secure donations; a check will be sent to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) at the end of the school year. LLS is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.

“Illinois TSA has helped me develop my skills as a student and as a team member.  The guidance that Illinois TSA has provided me is priceless and has allowed me ample opportunities on which to build my future aspirations of being an architect.  I also feel that my experience at the TSA state competition helped prepare me for competition at the national level.”
- Pat Gabel, Yorkville High School

Welcome to our site. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Chris Merrill, IL-TSA Executive Director

Illinois State University
Department of Technology
Technology & Engineering Education Program
215 Turner Hall
Normal, IL 61790-5100

309-438-7862
cpmerri@ilstu.edu