Posted 17 August 2006 - 09:15 AM
Learning to programme is not enough; most employers want a well-rounded and educated person able to work on a team and thus have communication skills. Avoid technical "colleges" and investigate what your state university system has to offer (I assume you are American); the credentials they offer are always more acceptable than that of the tradeschools, and you can receive a well-rounded education there (as a bonus, you might find other areas of interest for your lifework).
Most state universities have their course catalogue, as well as other useful information, on-line. Take some time to read about the computing departments, the courses they offer, and the requirements for graduation.
Once Fall session is underway, plan a trip to campus and talk to both students and faculty (most professors will be happy to talk to you during office hours, so be sure to make an appointment and have a list of questions handy).
Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one should be silent.