Quad Cities Campus

Frequently Asked Questions

Lifelong Learning  |  International Initiatives |  Professional Development |  Summer Enrichment Programs

Lifelong Learning

What are lifelong learning courses?

Lifelong learning classes are courses which are not offered for college credit. These classes are designed to enhance the knowledge of adult participants and can range from a course on financial planning to cooking or a book study.

What is the typical cost?

The typical cost of most classes is $10, but may be more or less depending on class length and learning materials involved in the course.

Where are classes held?

Most, but not all, classes are held on the new WIU-QC Riverfront Campus located at 3300 River Dr., Moline, IL 61265.

Do I need to bring anything with me to class?

We recommend you bring writing materials with you to class in the event you will be taking notes.

Will I get college credit for this?

No. These are non-credit courses.

How do I pay the registration fee?

You can send a check made payable to Western Illinois University to the following address:.

WIU-QC QC Initiatives
Bldg. C, Rm. 1416E
3300 River Dr.
Moline, IL 61265

How do I know I am registered for the class?

After your registration is received, we will send you an e-mail confirming your class registration. This e-mail will include a campus map and information about parking on campus.

Where should I park?

We recommend you park along River Drive in the public parking spaces when you come to class. You may also park on campus, however, you will need to stop at Riverfront Hall in the Campus Security Office to secure a temporary parking pass in order to park on campus.

What if I am waitlisted for a course? What does that mean?

If you are waitlisted for a course, we do not have sufficient classroom space to accommodate you in the class. In the event that you are waitlisted, we will contact you about your wait listed status. If class space opens up, we will begin taking people off of the waitlist in the order they were placed on the list and notify them of space availability.

What happens if I don’t get off the wait list?

If we are unable to take you off the wait list, we will refund your payment. In some cases we will send you back your original check. If another form of payment was received, we will send you a check from WIU to return payment.

If I need to cancel my registration, can I get a refund?

Yes, we can refund you the full cost of the course as long as you meet the following requirements 1. You contact us and cancel before the first class session and 2. There are no non-refundable deposits associated with the course such as the purchase of non-refundable theatre tickets, train tickets, or catering arrangements prior to the course.

How do I contact the office to check on my wait listed status or in the event that I need to cancel?

Please contact us at 309-762-3999, ext. 62357 if you have any questions or if it is necessary for you to cancel your registration.

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International Initiatives

What should I pack?

Before you depart your home country, you will receive a list of items to pack which will assist you with your stay in the United States.

What types of electronic devices should I bring?

You are free to bring your laptop and mobile phone. The U.S. uses 120 volts at a frequency of 60 Hz, using a plug type of either A or B. You will need an appropriate converter for any electronic devices you may be bringing with you.

How much money should I bring with me?

The amount of money you bring with you depends on how long you will be staying with us and what type of shopping you will be doing. Several of our international guests have suggested $2,000 for a 3-4 week stay in the States for shopping trips to bring home souvenirs for family and friends.

Where will I be staying during the program?

In most cases, you will be staying in apartments within walking distance of the WIU-QC campus. These are fully furnished and include a television, dishwasher, refrigerator, stove, microwave, and washer/dryer.

Will I have internet access in the apartments?

Yes, the building has internet access for the residents.

Will I have access to a laundry facility while I am at WIU-QC?

Yes. There is a washer/dryer in each apartment.

Will I have an opportunity to do some shopping?

Yes. As part of a number of programs, we include a day of shopping in the Chicago area, since most visitors would like to bring something home to their family. In the event that shopping in Chicago is not included in the program schedule, we will provide you with the appropriate information to help you make arrangements so you can go on your own.

If I have a problem, who do I need to speak with?

You will be given a list of contact phone numbers at registration check-in, so you can discuss an issue with the appropriate WIU administrator or faculty member should the need arise.

What type of recreational activities will we be doing?

We strive to find a balance between learning and fun. A number of activities are incorporated into the program’s learning activities including study trips and cultural events in order to provide recreation within each program.

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Professional Development

What types of professional development do you offer?

We offer a variety of professional development, including workshops, conferences, trainings, and courses. These can be as short as a half day or as long as several days.

Is professional development offered for credit? What type of credit is offered?

Yes, professional development can be offered in a variety of formats. WIU is authorized to offer professional development hours by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) for teachers seeking professional development hours for licensure. It may also offer WIU Continuing Education Units.

Under very strict circumstances, an organization may also opt to sponsor a group of employees for college credit. A special arrangement is made and students must meet the admission and enrollment requirements set forth in order to receive college credit. For information regarding this type of arrangement, employers must contact our office at 309-762-3999, ext. 62357.

Where are classes held?

Many professional development courses are held on the WIU-QC Campus, 3300 River Dr., Moline, IL. However, courses may be taken off site to another location as well depending on the type of course being offered and the needs being served.

Do I need to bring anything with me to class?

It is helpful to bring writing tools and extra paper for notes.

How do I pay the registration fee?

If you are registering for a conference or a workshop, you can pay the registration fee by check. Checks should be made out to Western Illinois University.

Where do I send the check?

WIU-QC QC Initiatives (DLISO)
Bldg C., Rm. 1416E
3300 River Drive
Moline, IL 61265

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Summer Enrichment Programs

How do I register my child for a summer youth program?

Parents may register their child using the online registration form on this website www.wiu.edu/qci or they can download a printable registration form and return with a $100 deposit or full payment. Completed registration forms with payment can be returned to the following address:

WIU-QC Initiatives (DLISO)
Bldg. C, Rm. 1416E
3300 River Drive
Moline, IL 61265

Can I fax in the registration form to reserve a spot and send my payment later?

You may fax in your completed registration form to (309) 762-8980. It is very important that you mail or walk-in payment to our office, however. Once we have received your $100 deposit/ full payment for camp, then we will consider your child registered.

If something happens and my child cannot attend the program, will I receive a refund?

This depends upon when the cancellation occurs. Please refer to the program brochure for further details or call the QC Initiatives Office at (309) 762-3999, ext. 62357 or (309) 762-9481.

I am on the wait list. What does this mean for my registration?

The wait list is organized by the date we receive your registration. We will hold your check, but will not process payment until space becomes available through a cancellation. At that time we will call you to explain that a cancellation has occurred and ask if your child would still like to join the program. If approval is given, we will process your payment. If there is no space available, we will return your check in the mail.

How will I know if the program has been cancelled?

An email is sent indicating that the program has been cancelled and a refund is processed and sent back to you.

Should I send my child with a daily lunch?

Lunch, instructional tools, study trips, and program costs are included in the registration fee. You do not need to send your child with a lunch.  A "Last Tips" email with suggestions on what personal items to bring (such as a light sweater for cool classrooms) is sent to each student approximately one week before the program.

Please Note: Quad Cities Initiatives does not take responsibility for lost or damaged items and recommends that valuables or large sums of cash remain at home. Any item brought by a student is the sole responsibility of the student.

How much money will my child need to bring?

Students do not need to bring cash with them.  If they plan to use the vending machines, this is only allowed at the end of the program day.  In this case, we recommend that they bring less than $5 in small bills. Related program costs are included in the registration fee.

Do I need to send supplies for the program with my child?

In general, no. If there is a specific item which is needed for that particular program year, we will contact you with information on the cost and location to purchase this low cost item. Pencils, paper, and instructional supplies are furnished as part of the registration fee.

Where do you get your faculty members?

Western faculty members, faculty assistants, local school teachers, and subject area experts and professionals typically instruct in our programs.

How do you maintain safety on campus?

Our instructors and student assistants undergo a criminal background check as part of the program. Campus Security patrols the campus and is advised of ongoing programs in the event of an unexpected medical emergency. Students are accompanied by instructors and staff during the program for all instructional portions, lunch, and program-related activities.

Can a staff member administer the participant's medication?

No. Program staff members do not distribute medication. We recommend that parents send pill packs and directions with their child to make it easier for him/her to remember when to take medication.

In case of an emergency, what type of medical care is provided?

Program staff has access to a first-aid kit and are prepared to care for minor ailments such as headaches, cuts, and scrapes. In the event of a more serious medical issue, parents are informed and appropriate medical attention is administered. In the event that a student has need of a visit to the emergency room, s/he will be accompanied by a responsible program staff member to Unity Point for medical treatment. Your signed medical forms are used to quickly contact you and secure medical treatment. Because program participants do not qualify for university health care, parents should check family insurance policies for health and accident coverage.

What type of recreational activities will the participants be doing?

We strive to find a balance between learning and fun. A number of activities are incorporated into the program’s learning activities including study trips to local attractions in order to provide recreation within each program. Depending upon the program, students may visit Lock & Dam 15, Nahant Marsh, a recording studio, or Black Hawk State Park. Program-related games and activities include such games as Quidditch, chess, and Dueling Wands for the Muggles Camp and paddle boarding for Math Camp.

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