Here in VA, we have been getting mad press about the MOOCs offered at THE University. (of Virginia). To date, Larry Sabato of Sabato's Crystal Ball and Peter Onuf have offered one on JFK and TJ, respectively.
While your home state may or may not count these towards continuing education, they are great free ways to increase your scholastic aptitude for all things gov. And why not?
After all, so many of us already have or will in the very near future experience online courses... and the idea of experiencing master professors in the prime of their craft for free is beautiful.
So, flip over to Coursera and flag a course you are interested in so that when it is available, you can sign up. You and 80,000 of your closest friends.