Are there any certifications or ways of getting experience that are accredited as an alternative to a degree?

Hi, I am heading down the necessary path to a B.S. computer engineering from a community college level. I am finally confident in my career choice, but it seems that in this field experience is just as valuable as a degree. People have been getting out of school and finding it difficult to get hired. After talking with my counselor about the classes and semesters it would take just to transfer, I am contemplating alternative methods of pursuing this career. Are there any certifications or ways of getting experience that are accredited as an alternative to a degree?
posted by Gracey, Berkeley on June 4, 2014