My son was very much into computers in high school, in fact he was MCSE certifed by the time he graduated. He had learned to type extremely fast (better that 100 WPM) by using a 3-4 finger approach. He had to take typing, which required that he type, at I think 30 WPM. The teacher would not pass him, even though he typed over 3X the required speed, because he didn't use the home keys. We even went before the administration and they backed the teacher. How #$%&ing stupid is that? So, he learned the home key, bull$hit way, passed his test and today he types with his own approach. What's funny is that he taught his method to some of his friends and they type faster that way. I understand rules, but you have to use common sense and I see less of that everyday in public schools.
Oh, and for the record, he isn't in IT, He graduated with a finance degree, because he got tired of everyone calling him to fix their computers. He decided he didn't want to do that the rest of his life. He still handles a keyboard the same way and I would be happy to type at half his speed.