I am just starting in the IT field. I am going back to school for an AS degree in IT. I want to concentrate in database management. Does anyone have any recommendations on which area to concentrate on in the AS degree program. Also, I want to start taking certification exams. I just bought a book to start studying for the A+ cert. I want to get in at an entry level area to start building experience while I go to school. Any advice from anyone is greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Sean