North Carolina is not completely without places to study
jewelry. You talk about it like it’s purgatory. : ) Unless I
have confused my Carolinas, Penland School is there, with a
fabulous set of courses, and likely you can take them for college
credit as well. Arrowmont is also nearby in Tennessee, if you
can get away for a week or two each summer and spring. They
have college credit through the University of Tennessee.
The challenge of getting hired as apprentice is: does one have
enough skill to be of any use? Or are you even looking for work?
Perhaps you’re looking for a teacher.
I would say, try those things, and buy your own tools, set up
your own shop, and challenge yourself, set up your own course of