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Forty-Two outstanding Massachusetts entrepreneurs nominated for The 2016 ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Awards
March 21, 2016 / On April 28, 2016, at The Immigrant Learning Center’s fifth annual Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, more than 250 business and community leaders will come together to honor 42 immigrants from 26 countries who founded businesses in 18 Massachusetts communities. These nominees represent outstanding business leaders from across the commonwealth in four business categories: growth, neighborhood, high-tech and life science.
 
Thirty-Four outstanding Massachusetts entrepreneurs nominated for The 2015 ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Awards
March 30, 2015 / Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker will join 200 business and community leaders in honoring 34 immigrants from 24 countries who founded businesses in more than 20 Massachusetts communities and were nominated for The Immigrant Learning Center’s Fourth Annual Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. The nominees represent outstanding business leaders from across the commonwealth in four business categories: growth, neighborhood, high-tech and life science.
 
Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Announced
February 2, 2015 / The fourth annual Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Dinner will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2015, at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, Mass. Presented by The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc., these awards are an opportunity to recognize the crucial contributions immigrant entrepreneurs make to Massachusetts’ neighborhoods, economic growth and innovation leadership. Nominations are being accepted now through March 13, 2015, for outstanding immigrant business founders in four categories: business growth, neighborhood business, life science and high-tech. Self-nominations are encouraged.
 
The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. supports the first annual Immigrant Heritage Month
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.
 
Volunteers honored for their dedication to helping newcomers succeed
May 19, 2014 / A group of 49 dedicated volunteers were honored by The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. (ILC) on May 16, 2014, for helping immigrants and refugee adults learn English and thereby fully contribute to economic, civic and cultural life in their communities. Under the direction of ILC teachers, these volunteers spend anywhere from three hours once a week to four days a week helping foreign-born adults learn English reading, writing, grammar and conversation skills and increase their understanding of American culture. Some volunteers have been returning every year for more than a decade.
 
Massachusetts Immigrant Entrepreneurs of the Year Announced
May 9, 2014 / More than 200 people came together last night to celebrate the contributions of immigrant entrepreneurs in Massachusetts personified by 35 nominees and four award winners at The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc.’s 2014 Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards Dinner at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, Mass. The nominees in attendance each received citations from their respective legislators, and the four winners also received trophies. All were impressive examples of entrepreneurial spirit.
 
Dr. Marcia Drew Hohn named Outstanding Educator of the Year
April 21, 2014 / Dr. Marcia Drew Hohn was named Outstanding Educator of the Year by the Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education at its annual NETWORK Conference on April 4, 2014….Hohn has worked in the adult basic education field for more than 25 years. She currently serves as the director of the Public Education Institute at The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. In this role over the last decade, she pioneered a multi-pronged program to raise the visibility of immigrants’ economic and social contributions that included research, policy development and professional development.
 
Outstanding Massachusetts entrepreneurs nominated for Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Award
March 31, 2014 / Thirty-six immigrants who founded businesses in Massachusetts were nominated for The Immigrant Learning Center’s Third Annual Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards. They represent outstanding business leaders from across the commonwealth in four business categories: neighborhood, growth, life science and high-tech.
 
Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards Dinner Announced
February 3, 2014 / The 2014 Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards Dinner will be held on Thursday, May 8, 2014, at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, Mass., and is presented by The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. (ILC). This third annual awards dinner honors the significant contributions of the thousands of immigrant entrepreneurs across Massachusetts, and brings special recognition to the nominees and award winners.
 
Free Performance of Nothing Is Impossible at the Malden Senior Community Center, December 18 – 19, 2013, Marks 10 Years of Immigrant Theater Class
December 18, 2013 / The Immigrant Theater Group performance. Photos from the event are available on The ILC Flickr stream and a retrospective of the first ten years of the Theater Class is available here.
Eleven immigrants honored for their selfless contributions to society
August 12, 2013 / Eleven entrepreneurs were added to a new Social Entrepreneur section of the Immigrant Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.

 

Volunteers recognized for improving the lives of students and their community
May 20, 2013 / A group of 59 dedicated volunteers were honored by The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. Photos from the event are available on The ILC Flickr stream.

 

Immigrant entrepreneurs honored for their economic, social and scientific contributions in Massachusetts
May 9, 2013 / Two hundred people came together 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.

 

New study shows significant impact of immigrants in growing industries in the U.S.
April 23, 2013 / A new study from The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. entitled Immigrant Entrepreneurs Creating Jobs and Strengthening the U.S. Economy in Growing Industries shows that immigrants play an outsized role in growing industries relative to their presence in the general population.

 

Eastern Bank honors “Community Quarterbacks” with more than $1 million in grants through Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation
Apri 10, 2013 / Eastern Bank named The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. a Community Quarterback and awarded it a grant from the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation.
Free performance of The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Immigrant
April 1, 2013 / The Immigrant Theater Group performance based on a Malden Reads selection. Photos from the event are available on The ILC Flickr stream.

 

Outstanding Massachusetts entrepreneurs nominated for Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards
March 28, 2013 / Twenty six immigrants who founded businesses in Massachusetts were nominated for The Immigrant Learning Center’s 2013 Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards.

 

The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. Applauds Progress on Immigration Reform
January 29, 2013 / The ILC President and CEO, Diane Portnoy, issued a statement in reaction to the bipartisan framework for comprehensive immigration reform released by eight U.S. senators and President Obama’s plan for comprehensive immigration reform.

 

The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. launches new book Immigrant Struggles, Immigrant Gifts
January 21, 2013 / The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. released a new book chronicling the experience of 11 immigrant groups in the U.S.

 

Free performance of Lost and Found
December 10, 2012 / The Immigrant Theater Group performance. Photos from the event are available on The ILC Flickr stream.

 

The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. celebrates 20 years of giving immigrants a voice.
October 23, 2012 / The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. celebrated its 20th anniversary. Photos from the event are available on The ILC Flickr stream.

 

New study reveals detailed portrait of immigrants in Massachusetts
May 16, 2012 / A new study of the immigrant population in Massachusetts entitled Massachusetts Immigrants by the Numbers, Second Edition: Demographic Characteristics and Economic Footprint was discussed at a briefing held at the Massachusetts State House.

 

Immigrant entrepreneurs honored for their economic, social and scientific contributions in Massachusetts
May 10, 2012 / Three Massachusetts business owners were honored at The Immigrant Learning Center’s Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards Dinner.

 

Institute for Immigration Research launched at George Mason University
April 11, 2012 / A new institute to conduct research about immigrants and their contributions in the United States was launched this month as a joint venture between George Mason University and The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc.

 

Long-time Andover resident receives regional and national recognition for her work on behalf of immigrants
February 23, 2012 / Dr. Marcia Drew Hohn, a 42-year resident of Andover and the director of the Public Education Institute at The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc., was honored with the Community Champion Award from Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the Office of New Bostonians for her research and leadership in promoting awareness about the social and economic contributions of immigrants.

 

Immigrant Entrepreneur Hall of Fame launched
January 25, 2012 / The Immigrant Entrepreneur Hall of Fame was launched online today by The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. to pay tribute to immigrants who made significant contributions to the U.S. economy and to highlight the importance of immigrant entrepreneurs to the prosperity of the country.

 

Governor proclaims first “Immigrant Entrepreneurship Month”
October 21, 2011 / Governor Deval Patrick proclaimed October 14, 2011, through November 14, 2011, the first “Immigrant Entrepreneurship Month.”

 

The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. of Malden, Mass, and Babson College present a statewide conference on immigrant entrepreneurship
November 17, 2010 / The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. in collaboration with Babson College presented a statewide conference at the College that confirms Massachusetts immigrant entrepreneurs are engines of economic growth and job creation in the Commonwealth.

 

Malden-based organization unveils groundbreaking research on immigrant entrepreneurs and home buyers.
December 1, 2005 / The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. unveiled two groundbreaking research studies about immigrant entrepreneurs and immigrant home buyers to more than 120 business and community leaders during a special presentation at The Omni Parker House.

 

Governor Romney visits adult literacy program for immigrants
May 13, 2004 / The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. hosted Governor Mitt Romney who took a “virtual tour” of the globe as he visited immigrant and refugee adults enrolled in The ILC’s adult literacy classes.

 

The Immigrant Theater Group performs second original drama
May 4, 2004 / The Immigrant Theater Group at The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. today unveiled its second original drama about immigrant experiences entitled From Darkness to Light at the Malden Public Library.

 

Massachusetts Department of Education gives Immigrant Learning Center top grade on five-year assessment
May 6, 2003 / A Department of Education monitoring team highly commended The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. for demonstrating best practices in a number of program and management areas as part of its recent five-year assessment of the Center.

 

The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. celebrates 10 years of giving the gift of language to immigrant and refugee adults
October 21, 2002 / Illustrating the need for expanded English literacy services, The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. marked 10 years of providing Massachusetts immigrant and refugee adults with adequate knowledge of the English language to lead better lives and become productive workers, parents and community members.

 

 

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