Hi Bodwin! It hasn't been that long since I broke into the IT field myself. People will tell you the first job in the field is the hardest and they're absolutely correct. You're right - the experience is the key.
This might help your search: Check out SchoolSpring
They post jobs all over the country for K-12 schools. One whole area is just for IT postings. Better yet - post your resume up there too. Recruiters pick potential candidates off that site all the time.
I mention the education field as an entry to IT because:
1) It's somewhat easier to put a foot in the door in Ed.
2) Educators can appreciate your schooling for what it is. Other employers might also, but the percentage drops off significantly.
Hang in there. The trick is to keep applying as often as you can stand it. If you're ready for CCNA I say grab it. The more you put under your belt, the better chance you have at matching what an employer may want. It also shows you're serious about the field.