Let me introduce myself, I'm a long-time lurker on the discussion boards. I've been using drupal for about 4 years and teach it as part of web development courses at New Jersey Institute of Technology. NJIT is located in Newark NJ and is very close to New York City.
Recently, I have started to host the Northern New Jersey meetups onsite at my university and if anyone is in the area let me know, I'd love to meet you. NJIT is willing to host camps, play dates, and meetups for Drupal, if anyone is interested. I've been a member of the Drupal community for a while and because NJIT uses a lot of open source software there is in interest in supporting the community independent of our interest in having non-credit Drupal courses.
I have a good background in all aspects of Drupal (implementation, planning, module dev, and theme development). I am also an instructional designer and am working on bringing all of these skills together to create a solid curriculum for Drupal training. I would like to collaborate with anyone interested in developing this and work with anyone that has started to do this already.
The overall mission is to create open curriculum that is developed and peer reviewed by the community. This content would be used as part of non-credit course offered by NJIT http://www.njit.edu at a very reasonable rate for anyone interested in taking instructor led online courses that last around 3 weeks. My feeling is that the knowledge created in this project should be free; however, the time someone takes to answer questions and work directly with students should be compensated for.
Courses would be all online and use web conferencing technology for online meetings. NJIT would handle all of the marketing and administrative duties necessary to run what amounts to a Drupal Academy. We would be interested in contracting with instructors that would be paid on a per student basis, which means the more students you enroll, the more money you would make. We want to make all of the course materials available for free on our website and on the Drupal.org website as appropriate.
So, if anyone is interested in talking about this let me know.