Quad Cities Campus

WIU and Community


WIU Quad Cities Campus

WIU Alumni

Western Illinois University-Quad Cities highly values our connections to our community through our students, alumni, families, and strategic partners. Western strives to meet the needs of the Quad Cities region and beyond and adheres to our WIU mission and strategic plan . The WIU-Quad Cities campus provides flexible educational opportunities for a diverse group of students with a range of backgrounds. International students, traditional students, and students who live, work, and raise families all benefit from flexible academic programs , experiential learning opportunities, and opportunities to participate in and contribute to the quality of life in our Quad Cities region.

Our Alumni

WIU Alumni

Western Illinois University alumni from Quad Cities, Macomb, and online enrich our Quad Cities and west central Illinois region. Western’s academic programs catapult our graduates into impactful careers that contribute to the workforce and influence positive change in our communities, schools, organizations, businesses, industry, agencies, and more.

Western maintains a commitment to lifelong engagement with alumni by creating opportunities to network, connect with current students, and to stay in touch with faculty mentors and friends. The WIU Alumni office provides information and resources through social networking, events in the Quad Cities area and across the country, and by sharing alumni stories. Western’s connection to alumni creates academic and career pathways for current students including internships, experiential learning, employment opportunities, and full-time careers. A number of WIU alumni serve on various university advisory councils and share insight about workforce and educational needs of employers, while creating exciting and innovative opportunities that inspire students to achieve their goals.

Serving the Community


Western’s two geographic locations offer countless opportunities for students, alumni, faculty, and staff to get involved and demonstrate commitment and investment in the region. The Quad Cities campus connects the community to opportunities to partner with the University on various initiatives. The Small Business Development Center, Department of Counseling, Museum Studies, School of Engineering, Center for GIS, and so many more units and people within the university collaborate with municipal, educational, manufacturing, and non-profit partners on shared initiatives that benefit our community while creating opportunities for the students Western serves. WIU students, faculty, and staff, also participate in volunteerism, and WIU maintains a presence at a number of signature Quad Cities area events and festivals throughout each year, some of which include the John Deere Classic, Mercado on Fifth, QC Marathon, Pridefest and more!

Discover the Quad Cities

  • Mercado on Fifth
  • John Deere Classic
  • Juneteenth Festival
  • QC Pridefest
  • Firecracker Run
  • Moline 150th Birthday Bash
  • Black and Gold Gala
  • Hispanic Heritage Block Party
  • QC Marathon

Making a Difference

Illinois SBDC at WIU Quad Cities

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Contact: Ann Friederichs

3300 River Drive
Riverfront Hall
Room 127
Moline IL 61265

309-762-3999 ext. 62243



Quad Cities Planning Advisory Council

Western Illinois University engages in strategic partnerships with Quad Cities area businesses, organizations, schools and agencies to advance the University's mission to connect academic opportunities and experiences for diverse student populations. The Quad Cities Planning Advisory Council's membership is comprised of representative community members and provides input and direction for university initiatives in the Quad Cities.

WQPT Public Television

WQPT PBS is a public media service of Western Illinois University.



WIU-QC brings higher education to the workforce in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas. Handshake is our one-stop platform for connecting students to employers, career opportunities, fairs, appointments, and resources.

Student and Alumni Handshake Access

Employer Handshake Access

Connect with Us


Jennifer von Kaenel
Director of Development, Corporate Relations
Phone: 309-743-0984
WIU Extension: 62253
Email: JN-Vonkaenel@wiu.edu