Continuing education has tremendous value to the community by providing an opportunity and a transforming environment to develop each students' potential.
Over the course of 30 years in the business and education world, Anne Kipers knows language and communication, and, more importantly, how vital they are toward success in whatever venture.
"Since I have studied French since childhood and then later practiced law, language and its use in context has been a focus of my career. And I have come to realize that language itself is just one facet of communication, which itself is an art," Kipers said.
Kipers teaches French and English as a Second Language as part of Collin College's Continuing Education department, which includes a number of courses in a variety of foreign language including English as a Second Language, Spanish, American Sign Language and German. Continuing education also hosts the Strategic Language Institute that offers Arabic, Farsi, Iranian, Korean, Chinese and Russian.
Kipers has taught at Collin College since 1997 and has taught French for about 20 years. She received a diploma in French studies from the University of Strasbourg in France in addition to a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Californian-Santa Barbara and a Juris Doctorate from Loyola University School of Law in Los Angeles.
Kipers places a lot of value in the experience her students receive in the classroom. It's there, that a new language is honed and improved with practice and time.
"They can experiment with and practice the language in an environment optimally free from criticism," Kipers said. "Practice in the classroom is intended to give them the confident to later test what they have learned out in the 'real world,' and to not be intimidated."
The enthusiasm, diversity and dedication of her students drives Kipers as she meets and teaches students from all walks of life – different ethnicities, languages, backgrounds and races.
"Continuing education has tremendous value to the community by providing an opportunity and a transforming environment to develop each students' potential," she said. "It offers a community of kindred spirits who have come together with a common goal and who often choose to move forward together."