OK I am going to admit to something a lot of members in some forums will find hard to believe.
I hold the MCSE Win.2000 certs as well as A+ N+ Sec+ certifications from long ago and they are mostly useless or next to useless now. Technology has grown in leaps and bounds LOL
One thing to consider is are you going to be able to find a job in your field of study locally if you are unwilling to move often long distances.
I started out my studies concentrateing on hardware mainly A+. Before I even finished local hardware positions had been filled or the companies had gone out of buisness. I finished the courses because they were allready paid for but never actually used them much.