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New tutoring center helping community become life long learners

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — Maliha Khan and Faten Abdallah have worked together for close to 10 years.

In that decade, the two women noticed a "learning gap" in the community and are now setting out to close it.

"There was always a gap because of time constraint and the limited resources available to the teachers," Khan said.

This led the women to want to provide another resource.

Coming in the form of a tutoring institute.

The Institute of Languages, Mathematics and Sciences recently opened on Wansford Way in Rockford just off of Harrison Avenue.

While the tutoring center was created as a way to help teachers and students, it is not exclusive to those in the classroom.

"We noticed that most of the tutoring centers are for children, but we wanted to offer a wide variety of subjects from pre-k to adults," Abdallah said.

"We want everyone to understand education is available for everybody, regardless of where you come from or the economic status you are from."

Work Hard. Make it Happen.

It's one of many mantras hung up throughout the center to motivate people to keep going when things get tough.

"Always reading motivational sayings and words is inspiring. It makes you think 'okay I can do this. I want to do this,'" Khan said.

"Instead of putting up just pictures and paintings, we thought this would be a good addition to the place."

While the name of the center suggests help in particular subjects, it offers much more beyond that.

Life skills is a big focus of ILMS as well, encouraging those who need help finding a job to come in for assistance.

"The classes that we offer also include monthly job seminars, life skills seminars, résumé writing, interview skills and how to do a proper job search," Khan said.

"There are a lot of people that struggle in how to go into an interview, how to write a correct résumé and these things will help them find better jobs, improve their economic status in the community."

Khan and Abdallah consider themselves "life long learners" and hope opening the institute will bring more people like them forward.

Along with the variety of subjects and topics it offers help in, the center's staff touts the diversity of its staff.

It's built with people who represent Rockford and are dedicated to helping the people in their community get the help they need.

"By having staff that are experienced in their subjects or teaching field, they're able to connect with students from a variety of backgrounds," Abdallah said.

From the words on the walls to the people working inside them, ILMS hopes to inspire people to push themselves on their quest for knowledge.

"When a person or student is successful because of our center or another institution, we're all successful," Abdallah said.

The institute is located at 5601 Wansford Way in Rockford.

To find out more about what ILMS has to offer, click here.

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Evan Leake

Evan Leake anchors for 13 News Today and 13 News at Noon. Evan grew up in Darien, Illinois, a south-west suburb of Chicago. He came to WREX in 2017 and worked his way to the anchor desk in May of 2019. He coordinates both the Teacher of the Week and Inspiring 815 series for 13 News. You can connect with Evan at or Evan Leake on Facebook.

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