group project at CARE

Professional Development Centers

Our unique, specialized centers provide another resource to help make you the most prepared and innovative upon graduation.

Center for Academic Resources in Engineering (CARE)

Located on the 4th floor of Grainger Engineering Library, CARE is a state-of-the-art facility that provides innovative learning and resources for all engineering students.

This dynamic learning community merges services and expertise to support you as an engineering student as you work to realize your academic and professional aspirations.

Visit the CARE website

Technology Entrepreneur Center (TEC)

TEC is unique to Illinois and knows how to get ideas off the ground. If you’re interested in anything entrepreneurial, get involved with TEC as soon as possible.

Throught TEC, you’ll have opportunities via education, experiences, and resources, to become leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship at Illinois and throughout their careers. TEC will help you join the next generation of world-changing visionaries, leaders, and entrepreneurs able to navigate the complex concepts inherent in the simultaneous processes of technology innovation and market adoption.


  • Courses
  • Venture and product competitions
  • Workshops
  • Annual Silicon Valley Workshop, that includes visits to startups and leading technology companies, many of which have Illinois alums on their teams

The Center offers on-site and online certificate programs for education and professional development and hosts outreach activities for students and alumni.

TEC also administers the annual Cozad New Venture Competition and the Illinois Innovation Prize, among several other programs.

Learn more about TEC

Illinois Leadership Center

A resource at the University level, the Illinois Leadership Center can provide you with opportunities to develop or enhance essential leadership skills.

Think about earning their Leadership Certificate. You’ll experience a multi-semester program designed to develop your leadership skills by working with a Leadership Coach and creating a Leadership Portfolio that showcases your growth.

Learn more about the Illinois Leadership Center