I am in my 40's & want to settle my career working with databases or softwares. I have MS in bio sciences but I didn't enjoy much. I then went to community college to get an associate degree in computer programming in 2000. Before I completed the degree, I found a summer job at a local company to fix their MS access database. I truly enjoyed it & it earned me decent reference, internship & money. After graduating I worked as a report designer ( R&R, Crystal reports) at the local university for 5 years. I enjoyed my job very much working with great people, worked very very hard, designed some of the most difficult accounting reports but things didn't go well with the boss. I resigned after working 5 years. Since then I am struggling finding a job specially not having a good reference from the previous employer. I have been managing a stitchery business that employs 5 employees for last few years to keep up with the finances.
I very much want to set my career working with Databases and softwares. Having a strong will (not finding a good word) or passion for computers but not having a good reference from the previous employer & fading skills, I am thinking for another Associate degree from same community college now in web design & development, one of their latest programs that is built around courses to learn Java, Visual Studio(asp.net. vb.net, c#), c+ etc., that were not there earlier.
I want yr advise on if a 2 year degree with a sincere effort can work out for the kind of jobs I am interested in and how to go building references if dont find internship.