If you think a degree from ITT Tech or some other trade school carries as much weight as a diploma from a college, think again. Those degrees will get you in on the bottom level of a career in your field. You'll have to work your way up, where as a degree from a real college will get you in midway or the top of the ladder. The choice is yours, really. Honestly, I would purse an Associates Degree from a community college or some other school. Stay away from the likes of ITT Tech, Phoenix University, or whatever else you've been looking at. Those are good ways to build debt, and that's about it.
About those certs.......some of those can be just as big of a PITA as school. A lot of them don't mean much either. Cisco certs are good, if you want to do networking. My point is, you need to pick a field before you go and get your certs. They're not cheap, and some are field specific. Hell, when I was job hunting this last year, I was seeing ads for jobs wanting Bachelor degrees paying 13-14 bucks an hour for help desk type stuff. One other thing, it would be good to pick a field to focus on. There are so many jobs out there that deal with computers it would blow your mind. You like hardware? Programming? networking? What's your focus?
My opinion? Hit up your local community college, get a two year Associates of Science degree, and then go job hunting. Trying to find a job without one in your field is damned near impossible. Get a job at the local mom and pop PC shop, or a help desk job while you're in school so you have some experience when you graduate. Just don't sign on at Geek Squad.