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ATA Joins Forces
with the

Association
of Language
Companies

to Bridge the Education/
Career Gap
By Caitilin Walsh
The Association of Language Companies (ALC) has been
working to increase connections, relationships, and shared
learning between the professional and academic sides of the
language services supply chain. From these efforts, the ALC
Bridge was born.

W

hen I was a junior at Willamette University in Oregon, my French
professor, a diminutive hunchbacked woman who threatened secondyear students with the literary past tense, mentioned translation in
passing. She said, " people translate into their native languages, since they're
far more eloquent and efficient. " My interest was piqued. If there was a rule of
thumb around translation, it must be a real career, with real preparatory studies
and everything else.

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