Computer Science/Programming program is a very sought after field to get into. Especially in this economy. There are so many companies around that hire directly after a student finishes school. One thing that you could look into is to apply for internships at some of the companies that you are interested in working for. The internships can be found on their websites, job search engines (such as Indeed and Careerbuilder). Also you could cold call the company and ask if they have any openings for interns. Also it does depend on where you live too.
The other thing you could do is to go into business for yourself. This might seem daunting but because computer programming can be a very busy career to get into. While you are doing your computer classes, you could do so business classes too!