Classes are held one time a week for six weeks

February 5 through March 15

Mondays: A Matter of Balance

  • Reduce your fear of falling and increase your activity as age-related changes affect your body. FREE

Instructor and Time to be announced

Tuesdays: Life WritingA guided experience to create your personal history through capturing your life experiences. 1-3 pm $60.00

Instructor: Fran Gabaldon

Wednesdays: Computer Challenges Beginners to Intermediate

Users will learn skills to stay connected. 10 am -12noon $60.00

Instructors: John Shuffleberger and Linda Higuera

Thursdays: Reflections “Post Traumatic Slavery Syndrome”

Through in-depth conversation using the book, “A Study of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing” by Joyce DeGruy, Ph.D., participants will gain insights to move beyond learned patterns of accommodation to cultural differences. 1 pm-3 pm $60.00

InstructorsBobbie Harris Ph.D. and Dr. Trudy Corry Rankin Ed.D.

Fridays: 100 Years of History from Broadway Theatre

Explore the wonders of music, dance, and New York drama. 1 pm-3 pm $60.00

Instructor: Floyd Love, Master of Theatre


Location: RATH office located at the College Heights Methodist Church. 942 South Boulevard Lakeland, Florida 33803

Seating is Limited and a few scholarships are available

To REGISTER or for more information: Call 863-220-7002 or email




Learning is the core of the Rath ConNEXTions Center.  Senior Scholars offers lifelong learning in a congenial atmosphere.  Knowledge is combined with lively discussions with teachers and coaches.  Classes are 2 hours, once a week, for 6 weeks.  They are taught twice a year, usually in February (Spring) and October (Fall), and tuition is only $50 per class.

Due to Covid-19 concerns, the 2020 Fall Semester and 2021 Spring Semester were both canceled.  In March of 2021, we provided a series of Zoom classes, at no charge.

However, things are looking good for the possibility for in-person Senior Scholars classes in March 2022 and running into April 2022.  Information will be posted here as it is available.   

If you would like to be updated when new class information is available, please leave a Comment in the box below, and we will provide email updates to include information for registration as the class schedule is complete.



SCHEDULE OF CLASSES for March: 3:00 P.M.-4:30 P.M. via Zoom, request a link from our email,


March        3d            ZOOM-learn along with me

March        10th          VIRUSES: Biological Mysteries

March        17th          CELEBRATION:   Customs, Beliefs and Practices

March        24th          How Conscious Eldering Can Save Our Planet

March        31st          World Religions 

Prior to 2020 (Before Covid Pandemic)

Past classes have included:

Better Fitness for Seniors

A Matter of Balance

Yoga & Tai Chi

Beginning and Intermediate Computer Classes

Spanish for Beginners

Conversational Italian

Biology and Your Genes (What they didn’t teach us in high school)

Life Writing

History and Anthropology

Chronic Illness Management

Buddhism and Christianity

Cuba’s Search for Sovereignty, 1492-Present

100 Years of Broadway

Biological Mysteries:  The Cell and You

26 thoughts on “SENIOR SCHOLARS”

      • Hello,

        I see you are in the Rath gmail list for Senior Scholars, so yes, you will be notified of future classes. Please let us know if you are interested in any of the August classes, via 813-220-7002, or email us at

        Thank you for your interest in the Rath website.

        Best wishes,

        Joe Echols
        Rath Volunteer and IT Specialist

      • Hello and thank you for your interest in our Senior Scholars classes.

        The schedule for mid February through March is in work, and we expect to release it very soon.

        I have added you to our email lists, so you will be notified when it is released.

        Best wishes,

        Joe Echols, Rath Volunteer and IT Specialist

  1. I am interested in learning more about this program. Are all Polk County residents eligible for these classes? Please advise.

    • Hello MS Tilley,

      Thank you for leaving a comment. I have added you to our email lists, and you will be provide with updates to our programs and others’ also. We look forward to being able to meet in-person again. Our resources are provided for Senior residents of Polk, Highlands, and Hardee Counties.

      Best wishes,

      Joe Echols
      Rath Volunteer

  2. Please add me to your schedule of classes, etc. I would appreciate any other relevant information since I am new to the “Senior Scholars” and new to this. Thank you. (I formerly lived over in Stoney Pointe.)

    • Thank you for your interest in the Rath Senior Center. You have been added to our email list, and you will receive updates to the Fall schedule of classes as information becomes available.

      Best wishes,

      Joe Echols
      Rath Volunteer

  3. We are almost into the month of May. Are classes planned over the spring/summer months? Thank you. I am new to this and hope to begin attending the meetings.
    Many thanks,
    Sharon T.

    • The next classes, will hopefully be in person this fall. Planning will begin early next month (May–next week!!!), and we will give progress reports on the Senior Scholars Page, as well as via email periodically.

      Thank you for interest in the Rath Senior Scholars Program,

      Joe Echols
      Volunteer IT Specialist

  4. I’m interested in beginning spanish I’m trying to self teach through duolingo but it’s difficult. I’m interested particularly in learning grammar which can’t be self taught easily.

    • Thank you for your interest in our Senior Scholars classes.
      We hope to return to in-person classes this Fall. We don’t have a list of classes yet, but we are working to develop subjects and arrange for instructors. I have added you to our email list, and you will receive information as it is updated.

      Best wishes,
      Joe Echols
      Rath Volunteer

    • Thank you for your interest in our Senior Scholars classes. I have added you to our mailing list, and you will receive notifications about the Rath Center activities.

      The dates have not been set yet for the next round of Senior Scholars classes, but we anticipate them in November.

      Best wishes,

      Joe Echols, Rath Volunteer, Treasurer, and IT Specialist


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