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Malden non-profit supports Immigrant Heritage Month
BostInno June 16, 2014

Today, The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. (ILC) of Malden, Mass. announced its support of the first Immigrant Heritage Month, which was declared by Governor Deval Patrick in June 2014. Immigrant Heritage Month is a nationwide initiative spearheaded by the not-for-profit Welcome.us in partnership with corporations, media outlets, organizations, celebrities, and faith, civic and political leaders to gather and share inspirational stories of American immigrants. More…

 

Meet the Finalists of the 2014 Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards
BostInno May 8, 2014

On Thursday night, Boston-area business leaders and innovators will gather for the 2014 Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards, a celebration of the international entrepreneurs who have had an impact on Massachusetts’ economy and society for the better.

Over three dozen finalists are up for one of four categories: Neighborhood, Business Growth, Life Science Business and High-Tech Business. Turning their big ideas into prospering businesses, the nominees ultimately created jobs and made a lasting mark on their local ecosystems. In other words, they’ve turned the American Dream into a reality. More…

 

Marcia Hohn receives Educator of the Year awardHohn named Educator of the Year
The Andover Townsman May 1, 2014

Dr. Marcia Drew Hohn of Andover was named Outstanding Educator of the Year by the Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education at its annual NETWORK Conference last month.

The award is presented to an educator who has demonstrated leadership, met significant challenges in an effective way, supported others in the field and shown selfless dedication, service and commitment to the principles of adult and continuing education.  More…

 

Study: Immigrant entrepreneurs help drive cities’ revival
Sentinel & Enterprise March 24, 2014

In other sections of the city, Lowell has a strong immigrant economy as well. Last year, the owners of six Lowell businesses were nominated with others from across the state for the Immigrant Learning Center’s Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards: Rosemary Agbede of Unique You Salon; Tom Dang of Pho Da Lat Restaurant; Calvin Duong of New Century Auto Collision and Service Center; Bracha Horovitz of Federal Fabrics-Fibers Inc.; Manuel and Elizabeth Silva of Silva’s Mini-Market; and Angela Westen of Angela Westen Insurance Agency. More…

 

District Attorney Marian Ryan leads victim and witness services awareness training for immigrant tutors
Boston.com March 21, 2014

“It was an honor for The Immigrant Learning Center to participate in such an important project,” said Diane Portnoy, President and CEO of The Immigrant Learning Center. “Although we teach English to immigrant and refugee adults, our students often struggle with many other barriers to becoming successful workers, parents and community members. The information our teachers gained at this event gave them the knowledge to help our students overcome some of these challenges. It also meant a great deal to me personally to hear District Attorney Ryan speak with such understanding and insight about the immigrant experience.” More…

 

Immigrant entrepreneurship
Worcester Telegraph February 19, 2014

The key to successful urban economic development is recognizing a community’s unique strengths and capitalizing on them. For Gateway Cities across Massachusetts, immigrant entrepreneurship is one of those strengths. More…

 

Immigrant Entrepreneurs are Investors in their Communities
Immigration Impact January 8, 2014

Immigrant entrepreneurs, through their business and ancillary endeavors, make civic and financial investments in their communities. The Immigrant Learning Center (ILC) recently reiterated these points at an event hosted by the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians where they presented a summary of their findings from their report on immigrant entrepreneurs in growing industries. More…

 

ILC Fall-Winter 2013 News UpdateILC News Update
Fall-Winter 2013

This publication of The Immigrant Learning Center includes updates on students, volunteers, donors and events such as The ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards Dinner and the Autumn Benefit.

 

Our View: Immigrant entrepreneurs move the economy
SouthCoast Today December 15, 2013

And at the national level, immigration reform could unleash a great untapped resource of immigrant business, according to Marcia Hohn of the Immigrant Learning Center in Malden. With very few exceptions, these bold immigrants, naturally entrepreneurial, are a positive influence in our midst. More…

 

Foreign-born business ownership grows in Rochester
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle November 2, 2013

In a report released by the Immigrant Learning Center earlier this year, 18 percent of small business owners in the U.S. are immigrants, and immigrants started 28 percent of all new U.S. businesses in 2011, while accounting for only 13 percent of the overall population. More…

 

Nearly 100 Sworn in as U.S. Citizens in Malden
Malden Patch October 25, 2013

Ninety-seven people from 34 countries became U.S. citizens during a swearing-in ceremony Thursday at the Malden Senior Community Center. More…

 

2013 Immigrant Entrepreneurship MonthEvent salutes new entrepreneurs
Boston Globe October 20, 2013

Their enterprising efforts were saluted Tuesday during the kickoff event for the state’s third annual Immigrant Entrepreneurship Month, which continues through Nov. 15. Governor Deval Patrick attended the event, which was partly sponsored by the Immigrant Learning Center of Malden, and held at the regional Jewish Vocational Service center in Boston. More…

 

Diane Portnoy InterviewGood Books
KMBH August 29, 2013

Diane Portnoy, ILC president and CEO, was interviewed on the Strong and Cooks Good Books show on KMBH in Brownsville, TX, about the release of Immigrant Struggles, Immigrant Gifts.
Click here to listen to the interview.

 

Immigrants a vital part of the Mass. economy
Boston Globe August 4, 2013

Such jobs are among the most common ways for new arrivals to enter the workforce; 14.2 percent of employed recent immigrants work in the accommodations and food services sector, according The Immigrant Learning Center Inc. in Malden, a nonprofit that offers English classes to new immigrants.More…

Path to citizenship, part III
Malden Observer July 13, 2013

This is the third in a series of articles that will follow the progress of one local [ILC] student who is working toward U.S. Citizenship.

Originally from Haiti, Rosita Jode has been preparing more than a year to take the U.S. Citizenship test. More…

Cornerstone Spring 2013

New Institute Focuses on Immigration Research
Cornerstone Spring 2013

What is the impact of immigrants on the U.S. economy, education system, and business community? A new institute at George Mason University, launched in April 2012, seeks to answer that question and more. A joint venture between Mason and the Immigrant Learning Center Inc. (ILC) of Massachusetts, the Institute for Immigration Research conducts unbiased research to educate policy makers, media, teachers, students, and the business community about the contributions of immigrants as entrepreneurs, workers, and consumers.
More…

Lawrence business owner says he’s living the American dream
Lawrence Eagle Tribune May 19, 2013

Rafael D. Guzman says he is an immigrant who has fulfilled the American dream…. On May 8, Guzman received the 2013 Immigrant Entrepreneur Award for Business Growth from The Immigrant Learning Center Inc. Massachusetts State Treasurer Steve Grossman was the keynote speaker at the awards ceremony. More…

 

Global entrepreneurs: Family matters
Boston.com May 16, 2013

The numbers tell their own story. Immigrant entrepreneurs now make up nearly 1 out of 5 of all business owners in the Commonwealth, from shopkeepers that root and revive urban main streets to biotech startups chasing the next cancer cure.  More…

 

Immigrant entrepreneurs honored for their economic, social, and scientific contributions

2013 Immigrant Entrepreneur Award Winners

Boston.com May 10, 2013

Two hundred people came together last night to celebrate the contributions of immigrant entrepreneurs in Massachusetts personified by 23 nominees and three award winners at The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc.’s 2013 Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards Dinner at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, Mass. More…

 

Immigrants meet business success
Angel w Truck-smallBoston Globe May 5, 2013

…Angel’s Painting is well established in Framingham, and Valdivia has his own crew of 12, more during the busy summers. The company is one of four local businesses in the running for special recognition by The Immigrant Learning Center in Malden. More…

 

Locals up for immigrant business awards
Salem News April 24, 2013

Three North Shore business owners have been nominated for Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards from the nonprofit Immigrant Learning Center in Malden. Umesh Bhuju of Zumi’s Espresso and Ice Cream in Ipswich and Francisco Lora of Tropicana Market in Salem have been nominated in the “outstanding neighborhood business” category. Lisandra Mones of Glitterati Style in Salem and Danvers has been nominated for “outstanding business growth.” The Immigrant Learning Center, which provides free English classes and other services, will announce the winners May 8 at a dinner at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge. More…

 

New Study Shows Significant Impact of Immigrants in Growing Industries in Massachusetts and the U.S.
Immigrant Entrepreneurs in Growing IndustriesSampan April 23, 2013

A new study entitled Immigrant Entrepreneurs Creating Jobs and Strengthening the U.S. Economy in Growing Industries released today by The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. shows that immigrants play an outsized role in growing industries relative to their presence in the general population. In so doing, they are supporting a high rate of job creation and market expansion. More…

 

Immigrants share ‘absolutely true’ drama
Malden Observer April 19, 2013

The challenges of starting over in America was a central theme of “The Absolutely True Story of  Part-Time Immigrant,” an original program performed by Volcy and 17 other members of the  Immigrant Learning Center’s theater class in early April. Immigrant Theatre Group instructor Leora Sapon-Shevin worked with the students for six weeks to develop the program, saying she started by asking the class questions about their experiences and went from there. More…
Boom in immigration fuels state population rise
Boston Globe April 8, 2013

Most of Massachusetts’ recent immigrants came from Latin America and Asia, with Brazil, China, and the Dominican Republic topping the list, according to a report released last month by the Immigrant Learning Center, a nonprofit that runs classes for immigrants and does research. More…

 

The Absolutely True Story of a Part-time Immigrant
Malden Patch April 4, 2013

Immigrant Theater Group March 2013Each term, the adult students in my class at The Immigrant Learning Center choose a theme, and we work together to create an original play that addresses their experiences as immigrants and refugees and helps develop their English skills…. This spring, we used the Malden Reads selection as a springboard, discussing the themes and reading excerpts in class. More…

 

 Pho Da LatStrong showing for Lowell in immigrant-entrepreneur contest
Lowell Sun April 1, 2013

Twenty-six immigrants who founded businesses in Massachusetts were recently nominated for The Immigrant Learning Center’s 2013 Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards. Seven are from Lowell   More…

 

Immigrant Learning Center seeks immigrant entrepreneurs to honor
OJornal February 22, 2013

The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. is looking for outstanding immigrant entrepreneurs in Massachusetts so that their accomplishments and contributions can be recognized. More…

 

ILC releases book: Immigrant Struggles, Immigrant Gifts
Malden Advocate February 1, 2013

… ILC President Diane Portnoy spent two years working on Immigrant Struggles, Immigrant Gifts with Barry Portnoy and Charlie Riggs….“We do a lot, including commissioning research,” said Portnoy. “My husband and I would be in the car listening to the radio, and I’d say ‘I can’t believe so and so said this, it’s making me crazy.’ My husband, who’s a bit of a history buff, would comment that it was very similar to discrimination which took place in this or that historical period. It became clear that nothing’s changed.” More…

 

WEOL 903 AMDiane Portnoy Interview
WEOL January 24, 2013

Diane Portnoy, ILC president and CEO, was interviewed on WEOL in Cleveland, OH, about the release of Immigrant Struggles, Immigrant Gifts.
Click here to listen to the interview.

 

ILC News Update
Winter 2013

This bi-annual publication of The Immigrant Learning Center includes updates on students, volunteers, donors and events such as the 20th Anniversary Gala.

 

Diane Portnoy Interview
WSYR January 17, 2013

Diane Portnoy, ILC president and CEO, was interviewed on WSRY in Syracuse, NY, about the release of Immigrant Struggles, Immigrant Gifts. Click here to listen to the interview.

 

From the Bookshelves: Immigrant Struggles, Immigrant Gifts by Diane Portnoy
ImmigrationProf Blog January 16, 2013

Immigrant Struggles, Immigrant Gifts chronicles the experience of 11 immigrant groups in the U.S. written by 11 experts in their respective fields. By showing how each of these immigrant groups have faced discrimination, struggled to assimilate and ultimately made significant contributions to American life from the country’s founding through today, the current immigration debate can be seen as an ongoing dialogue repeating the same themes down through history. More…

 

Diane Portnoy, CEO, The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc.ILC Celebrates 20 years of educating
Malden Observer November 2, 2012

The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. (ILC) and 262 guests from as far away as Seattle recently celebrated the ILC’s 20th anniversary in style at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge. More…

Path to Citizenship, Part II
Malden Observer November 2, 2012

Fall is back-to-school time for most students, and Malden resident Rosita Jode can relate. Originally from Haiti, Jode is studying English and citizenship at the Immigrant Learning Center in Malden, with the goal of taking the test to become a U.S. citizen. More…

 

Learning Center celebrates 20 years of helping immigrants
Boston.com October 25, 2012

On Saturday, Oct. 20, The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. and 262 guests from as far away as Seattle celebrated its 20th anniversary in style at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge.  More…

 

Great drama at ILC
Malden Observer October 5, 2012

I was invited to a play recently put on by adult English language learners from The Immigrant Learning Center. I had no idea what I was in for…. And overarching everything that was said, was a deep appreciation to this country for taking them in. I was left with a profound awareness that, for all our dysfunction, we have something good here. These people in front of me from Morocco, Nepal, Tibet, El Salvador, Haiti, China, Ukraine, and Albania have all made huge personal sacrifices to come, to learn English, to contribute to all that makes us what we are.  More…

 

 Starting the path to citizenship
The Malden Observer August 28, 2012

Coming to America. Putting a daughter through school. Learning the basics of English. Malden resident [and ILC student] Rosita Jode has made good on a number of key goals in recent years — and her next target is becoming a U.S. citizen. More …

 

ILC News Update
Summer 2012

This bi-annual publication of The Immigrant Learning Center includes updates on students, volunteers, donors and events such as the Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards.

 

Culture without borders
The Malden Observer July 7, 2012

Food, art and music from around the globe converged June 28 at the Immigrant Learning Center, as part of the non-profit’s recurring International Day celebration. More…

 

Chamber’s annual Shining Stars awards dinner honors Malden community’s best
The Malden Advocate June 21, 2012

Shining Stars are presented by the Malden Chamber of Commerce to individuals in recognition of their service to the Malden Community. Diane Portnoy, winner of the Community Service Award, is the President and CEO of the Immigrant Learning Center (ILC) on Main Street. Portnoy founded the ILC in 1992 to provide free English classes to immigrant and refugee adults. More…

Changing the conversation on immigration
Deseret News
June 2, 2012

The founder of a nationally recognized, award-winning adult education center in Malden, few would dispute Portnoy’s contribution to her community. Since the Immigrant Learning Center opened in 1992, Portnoy has helped more than 7,000 immigrants from 109 countries learn English. But even though her students have gone on to find jobs, go to college and start businesses, Portnoy points out with sadness in her eyes, people do question their contributions to American society. More …

YWCA Honors “Women of Distinction”
Malden Patch May 23, 2012

In addition to the four honorees, the YWCA will also give an organizational award to The Immigrant Learning Center (ILC) of Malden. Founded by Diane Portnoy, who came to the United States at the age of 3 1/2 and who was inspired by her parents to work hard to give their children better lives, the ILC provides free English classes to immigrant and refugee adults. More …


MALDEN READS Many voices inspired by community read
Malden Observer May 22, 2012

My students are all adults that can speak English well enough to function in their daily lives. They hunger to express themselves more fully in their adopted language, and we help them improve their writing, vocabulary and pronunciation. By working with this book, we accomplished these goals and received a surprise gift of a deeply moving experience. More …

The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. Selected as a 2012 Nonprofit Excellence Award Finalist
Massachusetts Nonprofit Network May 21, 2012

The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. (ILC) has been selected as a finalist for the Nonprofit Excellence Award in Innovation for its unique approach combining English instruction to adult immigrants with research on immigrants to educate the American public. More …

 

Cover of Massachusetts Immigrants by the Numbers, Second Edition from The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc.Report: Immigrants are no drain to state economy
The MetroWest Daily News May 18, 2012

A new study on immigration statistics in Massachusetts shows immigrants will play a critical role in the work force in the coming years and do not burden society, one of its authors said. More …

See press release
See photos from briefing at Massachusetts State House
See report Massachusetts Immigrants by the Numbers

 

 

Three immigrant entrepreneurs honored by Malden center
Boston.com May 15, 2012

Three Massachusetts business owners were honored Wednesday night at The Immigrant Learning Center’s Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards Dinner at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge. More …

See video of the Awards Dinner
See photos from the Awards Dinner

 

Immigrant Learning Center VolunteersVolunteers Recognized for Helping Newcomers Succeed in Massachusetts
Malden Patch May 9, 2012

A group of 57 dedicated volunteers were honored by The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. (ILC) on May 4, 2012, for helping immigrants and refugees achieve their goals and participate more fully in Massachusetts society. More …

See photos from the Volunteer Luncheon

 

The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. Interview with Boston University news program, NewsDay

Karen Glover, director of communications at The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc., was interviewed by Boston University student Yancey Lu about providing English classes to immigrants and refugees and educating the public about the value of immigrants in the United States.

 

 

Immigrants’ contributions a focus of study
Boston Globe April 26, 2012

The Immigrant Learning Center in Malden, which has taught English to at least 7,000 students over the last two decades, has teamed with George Mason University to launch a new research center that will focus on the contributions of immigrants as entrepreneurs, workers, and consumers. More …

See the Institute for Immigration Research press release

 

MALDEN READS Learning English and reading as a family
Malden Observer April 25, 2012

Students come to The ILC’s Family Literacy class to improve their English and learn skills and information important to raising a family in the United States. We teach them vocabulary relevant to school, pediatrician visits and job searching. They learn skills for navigating the public school system such as attending parent-teacher conferences and reading report cards. More …

 

‘Seed Folk’ drama helps students grow
Malden Observer April 20, 2012

For a group of English students in Malden, the play is a very particular thing. It is the means by which a group of strangers, linked only by the common experience of immigration and starting over in a new country, gather to tell a story about their struggles and aspirations, and in the process, gain confidence, new friends, and a better grasp of the intricacies of the English language. More …

See photos from the play Seed Folks of Malden

 

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Vital To Growth, Jobs
Free Enterprise February 28, 2012

The immigrant entrepreneur report authored by Marcia Drew Hohn, director of the Public Education Institute at The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. examines immigrant entrepreneurship in many different sectors, including neighborhood, growth, transnational, and science and technology firms, and demonstrates how these immigrant businesses create jobs for U.S. workers and contribute to America’s economic growth. More …

See the report Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Creating Jobs and Strengthening the Economy

 

Cover of Adult Children of Immigrant Entrepreneurs report from The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc.New Kind of Ellis Island as Second-Generation Immigrants Land on College Campuses
New England Journal of Higher Education February 28, 2012

Simply stated, two- and four-year colleges will see dramatically rising numbers of second-generation immigrant students. The need to gain deeper knowledge about this group has never been greater. The Immigrant Learning Center’s recently released study, Adult Children of Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Memories and Influences, provides insight into the backgrounds and experiences of second-generation students who talk about family businesses, families, graduate schools and career choices. More …

See video of students from the study telling their stories
See the report Adult Children of Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Memories and Influences

Area hall of fame honors immigrant entrepreneurs
The MetroWest Daily News January 28, 2012

The Immigrant Entrepreneur Hall of Fame was launched online this week by The Immigrant Learning Center Inc. in Malden to pay tribute to 61 immigrants who made significant contributions to the U.S. economy and to highlight the importance of immigrant entrepreneurs to the prosperity of the country. More …

See the Immigrant Entrepreneur Hall of Fame
See the Immigrant Entrepreneur Hall of Fame press release

 

Immigration Roundup: 2012 Is the Year of Immigrant Entrepreneurs
Bloomberg BNA January 27, 2012

On Jan. 25 the Immigration Policy Center and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce jointly released a report, Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Creating Jobs and Strengthening the U.S. Economy, outlining the role of immigrant entrepreneurs…. “Immigrant-owned growth businesses are hugely important to strengthening local economies, as well as providing jobs essential to economic recovery,” Marcia Drew Hohn, director of the Public Education Institute at The Immigrant Learning Center Inc. and author of the report, said in a statement. More …

See the report Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Creating Jobs and Strengthening the Economy

 

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