Hey there sd3000.
Hope your Thanksgiving was a good one.
Not sure if this will help, but I'm a warehouse worker (who is a bit older than you) and am also "shifting gears" with my eye on a 2 year degree from my local community college while also attempting to study for and receive my A+ Cert. Realistically, I don't expect to be done with either one in less than one year. There's the day to day of keeping my house and marriage in order and somewhere in the midst of all that, I'll be expected to study (a lot) even when my sweet crazy wife shows up with a six pack of some new micro-brew she brought for me.
The 2 year (4 semesters for me, hopefully) degree is an entry level degree but I'm hoping combined with the A+ Cert will make me shine in my next interview.
I did a lot of reading reviews over at Amazon and purchased what I believe are the most popular books: A+ Cert for Dummies
and also the Mike Myers All-In-One
, which is the subject of much debate in other forums and is a real snoozer.
I also learned about this site from another Bleeping Computer member:http://www.professormesser.com/
I plan to register this weekend and would be glad to give you my impressions if you'd like.
The A+ Cert seems like the most obvious entry level choice and so that's what I'm going for.
And, of course, there's a wealth of information and lots of good people here at Bleeping Computer that always seem to be willing to help out and answer questions, so I wouldn't be too scared.
Well, okay, maybe a little...