Senior University at Franke Tobey Jones provides a wealth of programs for lifelong learning for people 55 or older, for retirement home residents and the surrounding community. This educational and cultural program designed for seniors is unique to Pierce County. Senior University offers the opportunity to build skills, explore new subjects and enjoy the learning process with others. Lecturers and instructors are experts in their fields, hailing from local colleges and universities, businesses, not-for-profits and cultural organizations, along with others who have retired with rich career experiences. Most classes are offered free of charge as a public service to the Tacoma-Pierce County community.
Senior University offers a wide array of educational programming to stir the senses and inspire the mind. Our retirement home offers classes in partnership with local universities, museums, educators, cultural organizations, and local businesses in Tacoma, including:
A Variety of Speakers
Speakers associated with nationally-known organizations such as the Gates Foundation and Maxwell Leadership speak on the issues you care about ~ local and national policies, world cultures, interpersonal relations and inter-generational connections.
Professors and Instructors from University of Puget Sound, University of Washington Tacoma, and Pacific Lutheran University
A variety of faculty and topics gleaned from the college community include everything from British literature to astronomy to aging to history.
Music with Dr. Paul
Dr. Paul Schultz, artistic director of the Northwest Repertory Singers, enthusiastically speaks about everything from classical music to musical comedy.
Courses such as Social Security 101, Paying for Long-Term-Care, Online Banking, estate planning, overviews of local attractions, history, etc.
Courses include exploration of tablet technology, smart phones, social media, e-mail, digital photos, web searches and other technologies in lab setting.
Health, Wellness and Nutrition Courses
These include topics like coping with various diseases and feature nationally known speakers such as Joe Piscatella.
No degree or level of educational experience is necessary to join a Senior University class, just an urge to learn and grow. You may participate in a single class or take advantage of a broad range of classes or series held in a variety of locations on our retirement home campus in Tacoma.
Tacoma Historical Society’s Landmark Series
Local historians speak about local history ranging from ethnic communities, buildings to events.
Participatory Classes in Writing, Genealogy, Antiques, Languages, Travel and Exploration Programs
For the curious and adventurous, these classes feature world travelers and adventurers, educators, travel writers, and student groups to bring the wonders of the world straight to your parlor. Also included: Brain Games and wine tasting!
Hands-On Arts and Crafts
Classes range from painting to mosaics and jewelry to wood-shop projects or theater-acting techniques. Instructors include local artists as well as teachers from local college art programs.
Franke Tobey Jones is a lifestyle community that enjoys partnerships with many local cultural and educational organizations. Included in these partnerships are:
- Tacoma Historical Society
- Museum of Glass
- Northwest Repertory Singers
- Metro Parks Tacoma
- Northwest Apple Pickers Macintosh User’s Group
- Master Gardener’s
- Tahoma Audubon
Most courses are free of charge and offered to retirement home residents and the Tacoma community as a public service. We are proud to offer Senior University as the only program of its kind in Tacoma. Please click here for a Senior University calendar.
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