Sounds like Text Frame Options > Vertical Justification > Justified.
And you can set that as an object style...
We unfortunately were given no tutorial or any other sort of preparation... just had the program slapped on the computers and were left to figure it out on our own. While actively building a paper... that has a deadline. Gotta love it.
Get yourself a copy of Sandee Cohen's Visual QuickStart Guide for InDesign, which should get you started with the basics, or perhaps a copy of Real World InDesign CC (I presume that's the version you're running, but if not, there are earlier versions) which I consider an advanced user's bible, and come on back with any specific questions you need answers for.
You'll find a lot of good video tutorials on Lynda.com, too.