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College students often seek mental-health help after hours

A telehealth app called TimelyCare on Tuesday reported that 40% of its virtual mental-health check-ins with students over the past three months took place outside of typical business hours. Visit numbers for the platform, which is used by more than 130 colleges and universities, quadrupled between August and October, according to a press release. TimelyCare, which offers students access to its own health counselors around clock, conducted more than 1,100 virtual visits in August, 2,900 visits in September and more than 4,200 visits in October, which often falls around midterm assessments. Emily Bamforth has the details.

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Community colleges can now use Google's IT certificates for free

Google will allow community colleges and technical education high schools to incorporate its technology certifications into their curriculums for free, the company announced last week. Community colleges and schools can now offer Grow With Google certificate training as part of for-credit courses. The certificates, which are administered by the online learning provider Coursera, include data analytics, IT support, project management and user experience design. The news comes after free community college was scrapped last week from President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan. Emily has it.

Wharton School students can pay for some courses with cryptocurrency

Students taking the Wharton School’s new blockchain economics certificate can pay their tuition in cryptocurrency, according to an announcement last week. The University of Pennsylvania business school is the first Ivy League institution or business school to offer cryptocurrency as a payment option, the institution claims in its announcement. The six-week certificate program costs about $3,800 — or roughly 6% the value of one bitcoin — and aims to give professionals the tools and background to incorporate blockchain or digital assets into business practices. Check out the full story on EdScoop.

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