The best degree program according to many is the program at Trinidad State Junior College, Trinidad, Colorado. We have two local smiths that went there 10yrs ago with no prior training and they really are top notch gunsmiths.
The schools closest to you are Piedmont Community College in NC, Montgomery Community College in NC and Pennsylvania Gunsmith School in PA.
I'd say the best place for "first hand" information would be going to the Gunsmith Career Fair put on by Brownell's. Here is the link:
If you can't attend a school, finding an apprenticeship is the way to go. Don't waste money on the "online courses."