Over at the BileBlog, Hani denounces the value of any training program. I have to say that I've been to some very worthwhile trainings, though with the tone of his post, I'd be embarassed to post that as a comment on his blog.
Sun's FJ-310: Developing J2EE Compliant Applications course was an excellent introduction and jumpstart in J2EE. I had been studying it on my own for some months, but this course really showed me the big picture, and from there I could understand why I was doing this and how it could be applied. My studies following that training had a much more productive direction. It was just what I needed to get my traction and stop spinning my wheels.
Not all training is worthless, and I'm grateful that my employer at the time sent me. I'd highly recommend that course to any savvy beginner.