There are two classes offered at my school: Fundamentals of programming and web application design. I can only take one in the same semester. It seems the first one might be the place to start, but I also have to consider which one would get me in the door the fastest. Learning to program in Java or C++ is going to take a lot of time, and this class only touches the very beginning...then I'd have to take OOP, and then specific language. But Web design is probably a bit easier, and with some practice I think I could get good at it fairly quickly. I already had some BASIC and understand program structures and data types, etc. And I see tons of adds wanting Web programmers. Of course I don't expect to be able to get in the door anywhere after taking just one class.
Now that I think of it, I could actually program the doors to open by taking the formal programming route.