Personally, I believe the potential for “learning at home” is awesome these days. I like the look and feel of it because all of the knowledge, information, communication, and analytical resources I need are within arms reach — right in my office. This level of augmentation would be very difficult to consistently provide for in a standard classroom setting. Besides, a lot of people like the “self paced” nature of in-home learning.
If you are studious, have enough disciple, and posses the right resources (i.e., computer and software) you can learn just about anything from home (especially with the Internet at your disposal). You could even learn to be a Black Belt at home. If you were really assertive, it is likely that a local organization would sponsor (and validate) your application project. This could represent a “win-win” for all involved.