I like your idea and wish you the best of luck. I owned and operated a small custom woodworking shop in Creedmoor, NC ( 20 miles north of Raleigh) for 20 years before relocating to Myrtle Beach, SC.
The Triangle area was good to me and my business. I’m sure it won’t be hard to find interested canidates for your program. Teaching them woodworking will be the easy part, teaching them how to run a successful woodworking business will be the challenge.
I was lucky to have gained years of experience in marketing and sales before I started my own business and it didn’t take me long to realize that those two elements would be just as important to having a successful woodworking business as being good at woodworking itself.
I’m retired and living in Florida now, but if there is anyway I can help you please let me know. I would love to be able to “pay forward” some of my experiences and knowledge.
John @The Hufford Furniture Group