If a non tech related fortune 300 company's IT department counts as the tech industry, then I happen to be an uneducated republican working in the tech industry.
I have found that certification beats education when looking for IT jobs. I have never been asked if I have a degree, but I am asked to list off my certifications at every job interview.
Some people need school to learn about technology. Others will take a specific training course to learn how to pass the certification test. Then there are people like me, who may buy a study guide, or once they feel like they know the subject matter well enough, they go and take the test and skip the training.
I won't rattle off all my certifications, but I have 26 Microsoft , 11 Cisco and 6 Comptia certs. I don't even know how many product specific certs I have from HP/Compaq and Dell. I also have some VM Ware and Red Hat certs. I don't even mention Netware or Banyan Vines on my resume.
I started in IT in 1997, almost 22 years ago.