They’re back–AGAIN!!! 

TRIBAL ELDERS: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow. By Gail Bagley, B.A.

CHURCHES OF THE POOR IN SOUTH AMERICA: Influences of the American Church. By Rev. Dr. Larry Rankin

CONVERSATIONAL ITALIAN: Get ready to travel & be bilingual. By Silvana DiDonato Knight

FULLY UNDERSTANDING OURSELVES: Creativity, Imagination & the Unconscious. By Dr. Trudy Rankin, LMHC

100 YEARS OF BROADWAY: History, Drama & Song. By Floyd Love, Master Theatre

COMPUTER EDUCATION FOR ALL AGES: Staying Connected.  By John Shuffleberger

Senior Scholars classes will run from February 20th through March 31st, 2023. 

For more information, check HERE.




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

24 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


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