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ILC Students

Students come to The Immigrant Learning Center from all corners of the world and all walks of life. They travel from 89 cities and towns around Greater Boston to Malden Center five days a week because they all share the burning desire to improve their lives, and the first step is learning English. Since opening in 1992, The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. has helped more than 9,500 immigrants and refugees from 118 countries learn English.

Student Profile from Fiscal Year 2017

Students Served: 909

Top Countries of Origin: Haiti, China & Hong Kong, Morocco, El Salvador, Brazil, Vietnam

Top Cities of Residence: Malden, Everett, Revere, Medford, Boston

Gender: 71% Female, 29% Male

Median Age: 40

Education: 70% high school diploma or higher, 42% attended post-secondary school


When new students register they are evaluated to determine their incoming English proficiency, and they are asked to set one or more goals. English is a means to an end. By improving their English-language skills, students achieve goals such as finding a job, finding a better job, being promoted, entering a training program or college, buying a home, starting a business, and becoming a U.S. citizen.

Student Newsletter

Once a year, the students put their emerging English skills to use producing a newsletter. Every class contributes something, and the highest-level students serve as editors. The August 2017 edition features stories about food, shopping, finding work in the United States, and it even includes a word puzzle. Read The ILC 2017 Student Newsletter (PDF).

Meet the Students

You can often learn more from a personal story than statistics will ever tell you. Click on the photos below to learn more about some of our students.

ILC Student, SaddiqaILC Student, Adbony ILC Student, Ya Hui ILC Student, Ana

ILC Student, MariaILC Student, Juan ILC Student, GertrudeILC Student, Tonya

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