Quad Cities Campus

Recent Events

Quad Cities Initiatives works with a variety of programs throughout the academic year, focusing on the needs of individuals throughout a lifetime, including youth, adults, and seniors. We offer both domestic and international training institutes and workshops for adult learners to develop professionally. In addition, we offer youth programs to augment student learning during the summer break months.


Past Events Include:

A Buyer’s Toolbox: Tools Every Buyer Should Know How to Use

Iowa 80 Group & Cat Scales

WIU-Quad Cities, QC Complex & Remote Locations
May 25, 2017, 1-4 p.m.

Honey Zimmerman

This program was offered as a professional development workshop for 30 employees of the Iowa 80 Group & Cat Scales.  Topics within the workshop included Quantity Discount Analysis, Category Portfolio Matrices, Spend Analysis, Vendor Relationship Management, and Producer Price Index. This workshop was offered on a contract basis with the Iowa 80 Group & Cat Scales. Participants attended this workshop on the WIU-QC Campus and offsite through remote technology connections to three Iowa 80 & Cat Scales locations.

 Mindfulness for Teachers & School Personnel PDF File

WIU-Quad Cities, Riverfront Hall
March 25, 2017

Andrea Hyde
Lindsay Meeker
Ashley Ehrecke

“Mindfulness for Teachers and Student Personnel” was designed as an experiential program to give teachers the tools to help students focus their attention during class and improve behavioral interactions in the classroom. The program included a training on activities for students, information on research, and resource materials.


Program instructors included Andrea Hyde, an associate professor of educational studies at WIU-QC. Dr. Hyde’s policy and curriculum work involve mind-body practices in teacher education and professional development. Additional instructors included Ashley Ehrecke, a graduate student at WIU and Lindsay Meeker, an ESL teacher in the Moline School District who uses mindfulness exercises with her students in the classroom.

Illinois public school teachers and others were eligible to receive credit for 4 professional development hours. Participants received professional development hours, documentation of hours, learning materials and workshop attendance. In addition, all attendees received access to a shared Google folder with research studies, review of research, information on programs, training opportunities and free resources for practicing and teaching mindfulness exercises.

Law Enforcement   Justice Administration (LEJA) Institute
Shanghai Customs College

July 7-29, 2016

Presenters: Members of LEJA, political science and various other departments

As part of WIU’s commitment to international education and understanding, the University offers specially designed international programs for students and professionals visiting from other countries. This international tailored-made program was designed for visiting customs college students from Shanghai Customs College. Approximately 29 students including three chaperones attended a three-week series of morning and afternoon courses designed to enhance the understanding of Chinese students regarding the American legal system, homeland security, the U.S. economy, supply chain management, and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

As part of the program students took part in team-building exercises, a dance class, and various excursions in the state, including outings in the Quad Cities community, Springfield, and the Chicagoland area. Students attended a baseball game, visited the Figge Art Museum, the Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library in Springfield, toured the Moline Police Department, and shopped in the Chicagoland area.

Shanghai Customs College Students

Shanghai Customs College Students

Shanghai Customs College Students

Shanghai Customs College Students

Shanghai Customs College Students

Shanghai Customs College Students

Shanghai Customs College Students

Shanghai Customs College Students

For international groups interested in creating a tailor-made program for their students or professionals, please contact Helena Lira in the QC Initiatives Office at H-Lira@wiu.edu or call 309-762-9481, ext. 62357.