Dear Sir or Madam (I’m guessing Madam given the remark about “raise children” but I’d be happy to be wrong):
An EE degree, especially if it’s from a decent school or better, is always worth something, even in today’s economy. Given your other more recent activity, especially if you earn the CCNA (after which I’d urge you to go straight after the CCNA Security, then CCSP) and a graduate program in information security, you should be pretty well positioned to get a job. You might also want to look into the Associate of ISC-squared (you earn this by passing the CISSP exam before you can meet their experience requirements to actually obtain your CISSP). This makes a “killer combination” of credentials that will definitely lead to employment. If you can’t find something in your area, moving to a war zone won’t be necessary: there are oodles and oodles of jobs in infosec in the Washington, DC area (and to be fair, in most major metro areas as well) for qualified information security professionals.
You’re on your way there. You need only keep on doing what you’re already doing and you will find work–if not right away, then once you finish what you’re currently already working on for sure. Add the CCNA Security, CCSP, and CISSP (or Associate) to your plans, and it’s a slam dunk!
HTH, and thanks for posting,
Why IT? Why not stick with EE?