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Graduate Success

A major in languages is a valuable asset for a variety of careers and prepares students for life in a global world. Some graduates of the Languages Department focus exclusively on a job that utilizes the language they have studied, while others use their language background as an asset to apply for a position more closely aligned to their second major field of study. For example, among recent graduates, languages alumni are working in actuarial roles, enrolled in the College's Doctor of Physical Therapy program, or the University of Florida inorganic chemistry Ph.D. program, where their language ability will help them work with constituents who may not speak English. 

Additional LVC Spanish graduates work or are enrolled in graduate programs ranging from dental school and physician’s assistant to educational leadership. They are employed as high school Spanish and ESL teachers, elementary Spanish immersion teachers, research assistants, global sales assistants, and as an air hostess who is living her dream of seeing the world.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the expected job growth from 2014–2024 for translators is expected to be up 29% (compared to 7% for other occupations).  

Fulbright Finalist Rachel Duong ’19

She’s Off to Brazil: Meet Fulbright Finalist Rachel Duong ’19

For the second year in a row, three Lebanon Valley College students were named Fulbright Finalists. Senior Spanish and English double major Rachel Duong ’19 will travel to Brazil for a year as an English teaching assistant as a Fulbright Finalist.

Spanish graduate Karla Bingaman is working as a medical translator at Hershey Medical Center

Karla Bingaman Finds Career Path through “Spanish for Healthcare Professionals”

Karla Bingaman is using her Spanish degree to translate medical information at Penn State Health Shared Services.

Katie Ulrich works with children in Nicaragua

International Experiences Guide Katie Ulrich '15 on Her Medical Path

The opportunities Katie Ulrich '15 experienced at LVC reinforced her interest of working in the medical field.

Breanne Zipko graduated with a degree in Spanish from Lebanon Valley College

LVC Alum Utilizes Spanish Skillset on Campus

Breanne Zipko uses her bilingual abilities to better communicate with families of LVC students as they navigate the financial aid process.

Where Are Our Alumni Now?

Michael Butcher  ’18

Spanish Minor

Michael Butcher ’18

Michael is an OLE team leader with Outreach360 in the Dominican Republic, where he continues to learn and speak Dominican Spanish, which he uses to lead volunteers in everything from translating history to working with public school teachers, students, and their families. “My position is a perfect fit for my global studies major and minors in Spanish and politics.”

Megan Kimmel ’17 LVC Alum Doctoral Student

Spanish Minor

Megan Kimmel ’17

Megan is a doctoral student at New York College of Podiatric Medicine. “I was able to go to Peru and Puerto Rico while being an LVC undergraduate. The patients really like when I am able to connect with them by talking about their home country.”

Colleen Delaney ’12 continues post-doc research at Lebanon Valley College

Double Major with Spanish

Colleen Delaney ’12

Colleen earned her Ph.D. in nutritional science at Rutgers University. Her research focuses on the acculturation effects of the health behaviors of Hispanic moms with young children. Colleen will continue her post-doc research in Fall 2020. “My LVC language studies helped me cement my research interests.”