check with your local community college, they some times offer either for credit or non credit linux admin courses, that's where I would start
as for certifications
linux+ would be a good start
so would RHCE
neither cert requires a college education just find online study material and pass a test at an approved testing center, is all you need to get certs
linux+ is comptia testing center not sure where RCHE is given
Last edited by frieza; 03-22-2010 at 12:29 PM.