Mission: The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. (ILC) of Malden, MA, is a not-for-profit organization that helps immigrants and refugees become successful workers, parents and community members through direct service programs and public education. Our direct service program provides free year-round English classes to immigrant and refugee adults in Greater Boston. The ILC further supports immigrants through the Public Education Institute, which informs Americans about the economic and social contributions of immigrants in our society.
Results: We help more than 900 immigrant and refugee adults learn English each year and have served more than 8,000 since our inception. By improving their English skills, ILC students achieve goals such as finding a job, entering college, starting a business, becoming a U.S. citizen and more. Our Public Education Institute uses a research-based approach to create reports, articles, presentations and conferences for researchers, educators, policy makers, media and the general public. It has published ten studies about Massachusetts immigrants as entrepreneurs, workers and consumers, and a book titled "Immigrant Struggles, Immigrant Gifts" about U.S. immigration.
Programs: Our direct services include six levels of intensive English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes, citizenship exam preparation, computer literacy, family literacy (parenting-related English lessons) and a theater class where students write and perform plays about their immigrant experiences. Our Public Education Institute uses a research-based approach to create reports, articles, presentations and conferences for researchers, educators, policy makers, media and the general public.