Quad Cities Campus

Welcome to WIU Quad Cities Initiatives

About Quad Cities Initiatives

Western Illinois University-Quad Cities offers a variety of programs for the Quad Cities Community and beyond. Our programs are housed on the WIU-QC Campus located along the beautiful Mississippi River on the new Riverfront Campus located at 3300 River Drive in Moline, IL. Participants in our programs enjoy learning in a format designed to further learning for all ages in our area. From summer youth camps to professional development to lifelong learning, the Quad Cities Initiatives Office expands opportunities for continued growth on a personal and professional level.

What's coming up?


  • WIU Leathernecks Chess Tournament (April 6, 2019)

This tournament is open to adults and students. Registration costs $10 and includes lunch and morning refreshments. To register, please click on the program title.

  • Technology Innovations in Investigations, Grades 10-12 (June 10-13, 2019)

Are you fascinated by shows like CSI: Special Victims, Criminal Minds, and Forensic Files? If so, come to the WIU-QC Campus and delve into crime scene re-creations, composite sketching, and social media exploitation. This hands-on program will provide you with an appreciation of the technology, science, and interpersonal skills that go into crime solving. Learn from experts in homeland security and federal agencies like the F.B.I and the U.S. Secret Service.  Learn how detectives secure and process crime scenes and digital devices from inception through preservation and extraction.

  • Math on the Mississippi, Grades 4-6 (June 17-21, 2019) & Grades 6-8 (June 24-28, 2019).

This commuter program on the WIU-QC Campus is offered in two sessions for both older and younger students. The program is designed to introduce participants to science and math concepts in a hands-on learning environment that will expand their understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in a fun and engaging way. Program coordinators and instructors include professors from the WIU-QC math and physics departments as well as STEM professionals.Daily topics include buoyancy and pressure as well as other topics throughout the week. Along with brainteasers and study trips to Lock & Dam 15 and Sylvan Slough, participants use a daily blog to detail what they have learned throughout the program. 


  • Muggles in a Wizard's World, Grades 5-7 (July 8-12, 2019)

    This commuter program on the WIU-QC campus is specifically designed to engage students who read and enjoy the Harry Potter series. Under the instruction of faculty and staff of Western Illinois University-QC and with assistance from librarians at the Moline Public Library, students expand their enjoyment of the Harry Potter series while at the same time developing their critical thinking and creative skills. 

    New and returning students will delve into “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” Program topics include art, science, writing, and literature.  In addition, participants will enjoy games of Quidditch, Dueling Wands, and chess.