What is ACE MV?
ACE MV – Continuing Education Martha’s Vineyard provides accessible learning and development opportunities to Vineyard adults, helping them to meet their career and personal goals, thereby enhancing the island as an economically viable and culturally rich place to live and work.
We offer courses in the following areas:
Hi-SET (GED) COURSES IN ESSENTIAL ENGLISH, MATH, AND SCIENCE prepare adults (and young adults) to take the State High School Equivalency Test (HiSET).
JOB SKILLS TRAINING for island adults who choose to stay on the island as part of the workforce. This includes classes in basic computing, WordPress, Excel, Quickbooks, basic bookkeeping, small business marketing, and a One-Year Business Program that runs the gamut. We also consider our Brazilian Portuguese course an important Island job skill for those who work with the public.
CERTIFICATE COURSES for small business owners and entrepreneurs who need certification to meet state and local requirements, including areas in construction, food-handling and landscaping.
COLLEGE CREDIT COURSES for dual enrollment high school students; recent graduates who cannot afford or are unsure about leaving the island for college, and non-traditional learners who have some college experience and who are looking for an affordable way to earn their undergraduate degree or matriculate back into the state system.
GRADUATE CREDIT COURSES for island professionals seeking to take the next step in their careers.
CREATIVE SKILL-BUILDING for island adults who want to learn to master their creative interests, explore these pursuits as career options, or enhance their established careers in the arts. We offer classes in photography, writing, and the culinary arts.
ENRICHMENT CLASSES that bridge generations and cultures and provide educational and intellectual stimulation to an inherently isolated island population with limited access to educational opportunities. We offer classes in world languages, including Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, and French.
ACE MV Partnerships and Collaborations: Cape Cod Community College, Fitchburg State University, Northeastern University, SCORE MV & Cape Cod, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Vineyard Wind.
ACE MV is a tax deductible 501(C)(3) non-profit organization.
“A lot of people on Island feel the isolation of living here and that puts limits on goals. Being able to take college credit courses on Island has helped me tremendously. If it weren’t for ACE MV, I would not be able to accomplish my goal of working towards my Associates degree.” Sylvia Cappelli
“A comfortable learning experience, especially if you’ve been out of school 25 years.” Patricia Harris
COMMUNITY CENTERED LEARNING
“By having the classroom discussion and in-person teacher instruction, I have learned much more than I ever have on-line.” Evelyn Vertefeuille
“I love that teachers are local people invested in the community… it’s a very friendly atmosphere to learn or try something new out.” Elizabeth J. Stobart
“ON ISLAND… In school ME!! Wonderful opportunity to begin learning again as an adult with support of professionals and fellow adult students.” Katherine Neadow
BRIDGE GENERATIONS & CULTURES
“A program that makes one…appreciate the past and understand the present and protect the future.” (Wampanoag History class) Vail Barrett
A bit of background
The Adult Education Program formally began on the Island in the 1980’s and continued for 18 years (John Morelli, Director/Initiator). It was reorganized from 2000-2002 (Betsy Dripps, Director), and then revitalized again in 2006 as Extended Adult Education (Marge Harris, Director/Initiator later Laurie Halt, Director).
Founded in 2008, Adult and Community Education Martha’s Vineyard (Lynn Ditchfield, Founder/ Program Director) was a new initiative continuing the tradition in partnership with the public schools, while aiming to expand the educational offerings and collaborate with other community organizations (see Educational Organizations for some members of the Advisory Council) with similar educational goals to better serve the community. In recent years the organization has been rebranded as simply ACE MV, or ACE MV – Continuing Education Martha’s Vineyard, with the A now standing for “accessible”.