A short-term sacrifice leads to long-term success

Quynh-AnhQuynh-Anh came to the United States in 2007 to be united with her fiance and get married. She knew no English. She’s an outgoing person, so she learned what she could by watching TV, going to a night class two days a week and trying to talk to people.

After two years, Quynh-Anh made it to The Immigrant Learning Center. Because she knew how important it was to learn English and how valuable an intensive program like ours is, she quit her day job at an electronics manufacturer and began working at a nail salon on the weekends so she could attend classes.

Quynh-Anh made the most of her experience at The ILC. She participated in the Theater Class, worked on the student newsletter and volunteered in the Senior Conversation Class. Her English improved enough for her to go to university and complete her BS in Biology. She’s currently working at Brigham & Women’s Hospital doing kidney research and studying for the MCAT so she can attend medical school.

Thank you for your ongoing support that makes stories like Quynh-Anh’s possible.

Diane Portnoy







Diane Portnoy
Founder and CEO
The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc.

ILC Student ChoirAmerica the Beautiful

The ILC Student Chorus, led by The ILC Teacher Jeantilus Gedeus, performed America the Beautiful at Malden District Court on Cultural Appreciation Day.

They wowed the audience in this warm-up performance as they prepare to sing at The ILC 25th Anniversary Gala on October 28.


Thank You!

Countless supporters help The ILC give immigrants a voice. Here is a heartfelt thank you for
some recent acts of kindness:

Andrew DeAngelo from Building Pathways and Barry O’Brien from BHCC Health Career and Transition for speaking to our students about career training options.

About Us

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, yearround
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, and the
Institute for Immigration Research, a joint venture with George Mason University, conducts
research on the economic contributions of immigrants. For more information, visit the website at
www.ilctr.org or Facebook page ImmigrantLearningCenter.

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