I'm planning on starting off with an associates degree that specializes in network security, the program also offers a bunch of a certifications offered by Rasmussen College (http://www.rasmussen.edu/degrees/technology-design/network-security/).
Unfortunately, this program costs about 35,000 USD for tuition and its a ASSOCIATES. I'm not sure if there is an advantage to having a specialization degree in this field, also it being an associates degree alone makes things kind of doubtful. I need to know if this is going to make me attractive to employers. Or perhaps there may be another school, or local school that I'm not looking at? I'm open to any kind of form of suggestion. Thanks for reading!
These are the certifications I'll be getting from the program.
CompTIA® A+ CompTIA® Network+
MCTS .NET Framework 2.0 Applications
MCTS Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 - Configuration
MCTS Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Configuration
MCTS Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Configuration
MCTS Configuring Windows 7