Well as CTC said gun ranges and gun clubs are great places to begin. As far as classes or schooling goes, I for one would want to get the feel of my weapon before going to a Concealed Hand Gun Permit Class. You need to be able to control it and put you shots on target before you take the step towards Concealed Carry.IMHO.
Most Ranges have atleast 1 partially trained person who can help you on your way to getting the most out of a day on the range. Research and find a caliber of pistol suits your needs for reliability, safety, accuracy, and price. When all 4 of those line up, you found your first pistol.