So you want someone who is experienced, willing to work for dirt cheap in a boring shitty job, in a boring place, with no perks?
This is really the problem with 'finding programmers in the St Louis area'..... --Or at least, it was ~10 years back when I tried getting into the field.
The educational requirements and experience that companies wanted was way out of line with what they were willing to pay, and they were generally unwilling to allow any flexibility in either regard.
The whole thing with the online course seems odd. It's just going to give local businesses more applications they already don't want.