I want to note up front that this is just a vague idea, and I'd like to gauge interest from potential organizers before figuring out the details. So I very likely don't have answers to any questions you might have and would prefer to come up with the answers with everyone else involved. That said, here's the idea...
There's a lot of organizations looking to hire experienced Drupal developers in Colorado. There's also a lot of unemployed people in Colorado, like everywhere else. A lot of the organizations looking to hire Drupal developers also do some form of Drupal training. And there's a lot of online training material for learning Drupal.
So my vague idea is to apply our collective training resources to come up with a curriculum, mostly based on online material, aimed at quickly getting people to the point where we could feasibly hire them as Drupal developers. I'm imagining this would be something around 8-10 weeks of in-person training, maybe a few hours each week, with plenty of homework. Students would apply and generally pay to cover some reimbursement for trainers and possibly licensing online materials. This could also be a good opportunity to address some gaps in our industry (e.g. not enough women) with sponsored scholarships, but that's probably getting into too much detail already.
Organizers would need to be able to invest a good deal of time figuring out curriculum, figuring out logistics (where, when, how much?), evaluating student applications, and actually teaching. In return, organizers would get some minimal compensation, but the main benefit would be an expanded pool of potential developers to hire. This is notably a somewhat risky proposition. If it went poorly, it would take a lot of time and not pay off at all. But if it went well, it could do a lot to improve our local community and economy.
So .. who is willing and able to help organize something like this?