The Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association is presenting a great short course in January - January 19, 2008. Here's the website:
Jamie Ellis, his wife Amanda (who has her PhD in biology), and others are presenting. I'm heading a panel of beginning beekeepers - doing a funny presentation about the trials and tribulations of first year beekeeping and having other beekeeping beginners telling their tales.
The course is good - it's how I got started in beekeeping - I literally left the course and ordered my bees right away and started my beekeeping blog.
If you sign up because of this post, tell them I sent you!
Linda T in Atlanta