welcome to the zone.
Well here are some free stuff for you.
Progesmart is a good free 2d drafting software and there is a thread here
for the program.
Here is a really good lesson set for you to learn with.
He will sell a CD really cheap but the lessons on the net are really well done
For CAM EMC2 is also free but it is a Linux program.
Have a happy new year and sorry for you to be fighting with your partner in