<img style="float: right;" src="https:\/\/opedge.com\/Content\/OldArticles\/images\/2003-04_01\/miki_fairley.jpg" hspace="4" vspace="4" \/>\r\n\r\nThe pace of change in the O&P profession and allied rehab often seems dizzying-new sophisticated technology, new research, more government regulation, changes in the reimbursement environment-the list goes on.\r\n\r\nIt's exciting, challenging, and sometimes overwhelming. How is a busy professional, whether practitioner, assistant, or technician, to keep up?\r\n\r\nIt has been said that "education is empowerment." Education is a\r\nmind-broadening, life-enhancing tool to conquer the challenge of\r\nchange.\r\n\r\nTo accommodate the busy lives and family needs of O&P and\r\nother rehab professionals, educational options are proliferating:\r\ndistance learning courses via the Internet, educational CDs, and\r\ncontinuing education courses offered at professional meetings and\r\nother venues. A surprising number of people are pursuing new\r\ncareers in their 30s, 40s, and even older, becoming\r\n"non-traditional" students in college and university settings, such\r\nas Rick and Yolanda Sevier at OSU-Okmulgee, who gave up careers in\r\nother fields and are also raising a family (See "<a href="https:\/\/opedge.com\/2708">A\r\nNon-Traditional Student View: Putting It All Together<\/a>," March\r\n2003).\r\n\r\nAs the saying goes, "Life is an adventure. Live it." And\r\ncontinuing education and professional advancement is one way to\r\ngo.