Got an idea of tuition at Trinidad State Junior College. It’s (on the surface) roughly 9,000-11,000 bucks cheaper than the Colorado School of Trades. There may be hidden fees for books, tools, project pieces and liability insurance. I’m waiting to hear back from the school about those.
Here’s an article I found about the school, http://www.denverpost.com/education/ci_6866275 It sounds like it’s highly regarded by weapon manufacturers, to the point that one donated 50k in equipment to the school. If that’s not a glowing reference, I don’t know what is. The head instructor, ‘Speedy’ Gonzalez has a serious rep in the business.
Cons: 3 hours south of my friend Jamie’s place, which leaves me bereft of contacts again.
It’s further from major cities, so there’s less work available. A quick search on careerbuilder (gawd I hate that site) turned up only 10 jobs within 30 miles of Trinidad.
Their program reportedly takes two years to complete instead of the other school’s 14 months.
EDIT: Well, lookie here. A gunsmithing school student is blogging about his experience, complete with photos. http://willsworkbench.blogspot.com He’s at the Pennsylvania school instead of either of the ones I’ve been considering.