Tucked away in a corner of Laurel High School in a couple of storage rooms turned into computer labs, Michael Hines is training the next generation of information technology workers.

In one room, three students sketch out programming code on a piece of paper. In the next, four students huddle around a smartboard and configure a computer network to connect Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia.

"So you all made a server? You all trying to be lazy, man," Hines says to the group of students, all laughing now. "No, that's okay. Because when someone else has trouble with it,...

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