Mm, I'm sorry to hear that. I will keep that in mind. I do have a few ways to hear things about the IT field, a couple of friends, and my son is going to school for it.
If you're looking for something to tide you over, not a great salary, but still a 40 hour per week job with insurance...working the phones and computer for a company that does customer service for a major wireless company, then PM me. My son works there while he's going to school, he's been there 2-3 years. There's a lot of full timers/family people that work there too, and they're CONSTANTLY hiring. A lot of people do hire on there transitionally, whether it's that they're going to graduate in a year or two, or looking for another job. They apparently anticipate that's the case, and I think even plan for it, as they have pretty much open hiring. I drove by there today on my way to work and saw the banner on their building that they're currently hiring. The company is in Arnold, Mo, about 20 minutes closer to you than is Festus.
Festus is pretty nice, smaller town still with (almost) just enough going on, stores, restaurants, etc. Only 25 minutes from South St. Louis County...
Lem'me know if you'd like the name of the company and their contact #. You could probably google them.
God bless, James.