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An old Buddhist saying goes something like this: "When the student is ready, the master appears."

Wrinkle the pages just so, get the lighting just right, and perhaps this year's guide to higher and continuing education (beginning here) will start to look a bit like a wise and friendly guru.

Whether you're currently leaning toward a formal four-year degree or a four-day oil painting workshop, you should be able to find something herein to fit your needs, or at least something to give you a good, solid shove in the right direction. (Like offering you help in answering that ever-important question: How am I gonna pay for all this?)

There's much more than listings, though, in this issue. Chet Hardin chats with Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia, our state's education "master," about his thoughts on Colorado's higher-ed situation and how it's connected to strong K-through-12 programs; Matthew Ruppert updates military vets on some not-so-great Post-9/11 GI Bill changes; and Eric Calder helps "non-trads" stride confidently into the realm of the online and beyond.

Of course, sometimes wisdom comes from unexpected places. And with that in mind, we offer an essay by Virginia Leise, who finished college a year ago. Perhaps her post-grad journey into a "Secret" land (here) will make you ponder the potentially life-changing value of reading a book.

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