A Letter from Sara:

Welcome to Winter Quarter 2021! We have 11 great classes to offer our Lifelong learners this quarter on Zoom! We have returning faculty Jane Stone (Art History) and Tom Rainey (Russian History) who we haven’t seen for awhile, and a new faculty member to welcome! Let me introduce you to Gary Wasserman offering us a timely course: Challenges to American Democracy: 6 Key Questions. Read more about his course on page 6 of our Academic Catalog!

Retirement is a beautiful thing! We are able to recruit such fine faculty because they are enjoying their retirement, and in their retirement they choose to continue to teach, still immersing themselves in areas they remain passionate about. We might not be able to roam freely this winter, due to COVID-19, but we can still explore and meet with others in a shared quest to learn more about our world. I hope you will join us!

Education Coordinator, Sara Thiessen

Winter Courses

Click here to view and print the Winter Virtual Senior Academy Catalog.

How to Register

Registration for Winter Quarter begins on Tuesday, December 1st at 10 am. To register, please call 360.586.6181 ext 103 and leave us a message with your name and number. We will return your call within 24 hours.

Payment Options

At time of registration, class tuition is due to Senior Services for South Sound by check or debit/credit card. You can mail your check to 222 Columbia St NW, Olympia, WA 98501 or pay with your debit/credit card over the phone. Please register and pay no later than 24 hours before the start of your class to help prevent classes from being canceled prematurely due to lack of enrollment.

Refund Policy

If a class is canceled due to low enrollment, a full refund will be issued. Senior Services will make every effort to give 48 hours advance notice of cancellations. If a registrant requests a refund for any reason, we will refund your registration fee less a $5.00 processing fee. Refunds will not be issued after the second class meeting. All instructors are independent contractors or volunteers and the responsibility for the curriculum of their class rests with the instructor.

Need a Scholarship?

We understand that tuition for our Academic and Specialty Classes may be a hardship for some seniors. Why do we offer certain activities for free, and charge tuition for classes? These classes are taught by our faculty who are professional degreed teachers. Faculty develop curriculum specifically for our programs, and they spend hours doing it. This way, we can attract and retain highly qualified teachers from all over the Puget Sound. However, we want to make classes accessible for everyone, that’s why we offer two 1/2 scholarships per class. The teachers get paid and Senior Services waives our portion.

How do you qualify?

  • Please call Senior Services for South Sound at our Olympia Senior Center site: 360.586.6181 ext 103. Leave us a message with your name and number, and Allie Rennie or Chris Quimby will assist you.
  • Applying for a scholarship is completely confidential.
  • Your application will be reviewed by a Senior Services staff member.
  • All scholarships are based on an applicant’s household income.