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DeVos steps down

After nearly four years serving the Trump administration, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos resigned on Thursday over the Capitol Hill insurrection by a mob of the president’s supporters. Announced less than two weeks before President-elect Joe Biden is to be sworn into office, the announcement is thought to have little effect on operations at the Department of Education. Educators and lawmakers criticized DeVos for her work over the past four years. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren was among them, on Thursday calling DeVos “the worst Secretary of Education ever.” Betsy Foresman reports.

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'Mental health first aid'

Students at College of the Albemarle, a community college in the northeast corner of North Carolina, will now be able to get a certification in mental health first aid, the university announced last week, as the need for mental health experts has grown during the pandemic, especially among students who are isolated at home. Beginning in the spring 2021 semester, students in the university’s human services technology program will be able to enroll in an eight-hour course that will teach them how to look for signs and symptoms of mental health issues, how to initiate difficult conversations, assess situations and help to refer people in need to a health professional. Betsy has more.

IBM invests in another HBCU

Harris-Stowe State University, a historically Black public institution in St. Louis, announced last week that it will receive more than $2 million in resources from IBM to train students and faculty in the latest technology skills. The tech giant will provide faculty training, curriculum content, hands-on labs, use cases, digital badges and software through the IBM Academic Initiative and the IBM Skills Academy. The university said training will focus on technologies like artificial intelligence, blockchain, data science, cybersecurity, cloud computing and quantum computing. Colin Wood has the details.

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