THE IMMIGRANT LEARNING CENTER®, INC. (ILC) OF MALDEN, MA,
IS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT GIVES IMMIGRANTS A VOICE IN THREE WAYS.
THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROGRAM
provides free, year-round English classes to immigrant and refugee adults in Greater Boston to help them become successful workers, parents and community members.
THE PUBLIC EDUCATION INSTITUTE
informs Americans about the economic and social contributions of immigrants in our society.
The 2018 ILC Immigrant Entrepeneur Awards
The seventh annual ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards will be held May 3, 2018, at the Royal Sonesta Boston. Nominations are being accepted now through March 9.
News & Events
April 13, 2018
From our blog: The 2018 ILC Entrepreneur Awards nominees add spice
Restaurants are the lifeblood of many communities. Not only do they feed and entertain local residents, they can bring in business from surrounding communities. When they are owned by immigrants, they can introduce Americans to new and exciting flavors….
April 12, 2018
From our blog: Life Science Nominees Show Tenacity
The nominees in The 2018 ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur Life Science Category hail from four different countries in three separate continents, but are united by their perseverance. From developing lab-grown platelets that reduce the need for stem-cell donors, to designing transformative gene therapies, each nominee has founded companies that seek to drastically improve human health….
What makes us unique?
There is no place on Earth quite like The Immigrant Learning Center. Our combination of well-resourced, award-winning direct services to immigrants and refugees with research and education for the American public on immigration issues is a rare combination that gives us a truly unique perspective. The ILC is:
Public and Private
We receive 80 percent of our funds from the private sector and only 20 percent from government agencies. This unusually high percentage of private funding gives us the flexibility to innovate and respond rapidly to changing needs.
We offer English classes five days a week. That’s up to 15 hours a week of instruction, very rare for a free program. This intensive schedule accelerates learning and shortens the time it takes our students to reach their goals.
Our book, Immigrant Struggles, Immigrant Gifts, brings insight to today’s immigration issues by examining the history of 11 different ethnic groups. Now in its second printing, the book is available for sale on Amazon. Don’t forget to start at smile.amazon.com.
The ILC Theater Class offers high-level students a chance to improve their English skills by writing and performing plays about their experiences. This unique approach gives them a boost of confidence and public speaking skills.
Local and National
By helping immigrants to Greater Boston learn English, we help them pursue their dreams, and the impact is felt throughout the region. On a national level, Americans learn about the positive impact of immigrants through The ILC Public Education Institute’s webinars, conference presentations and curated database of Immigration Research and Information, and through the data and research generated by our partnership with the Institute for Immigration Research.
Collaboration is the key to doing more with less. The Public Education Institute’s webinars are presented by experts in a variety of fields from across the country. The English Language Program partners with job placement, training and educational institutions to help our students reach their goals. Both programs offer their expertise to help others in the field give immigrants a voice.
From the Immigrant Entrepreneur Hall of Fame to the annual Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards, The ILC Public Education Institute has amassed compelling evidence of immigrants’ contributions as entrepreneurs, and it’s curated for easy access on our Immigrant Entrepreneurship page. The ILC’s Immigrant Entrepreneurship class helps budding entrepreneurs who want to improve their English while learning about starting a business
The ILC’s Literacy Program gives hope to students who struggle in traditional English classes. Students who have low or no literacy in their native language, or who have related learning challenges, receive individualized attention from teachers and trained volunteers. The Literacy Program serves as a model, and we are frequently asked to share our expertise with other programs throughout the region.