Dr. de la Vega studied language in college and obtained a B.A. with a double major and a double minor in Modern Languages from the University of Miami in 1967, and an M.A. in Modern languages in 1969. He was such a dedicated student and fluent speaker of French, Russian and Spanish that he was asked to teach these languages at UM while he himself was still a student. In 1969 he was offered a fellowship at Florida State University, where he taught various languages while working on his PhD. In 1971 he moved to Boston, Massachusetts, holding a full time teaching position at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.
Dr. de la Vega soon came to the realization that he could offer interpreting and translation services professionally and in 1973 followed his vision to create Professional Translating Services, Inc., one of the few language companies in the country at that time.