How Employers and Educators Can Help Teens Avoid Career Dead-Ends This Fall

by Nancy Hoffman, ACE MV Board Chair and Senior Advisor at JFF

“This summer should be a learning moment enriched with work experiences that serve as living career exploration laboratories.”

Today’s job market may have teens seeing nothing but dollar signs, but it presents families, educators, employers, and even policymakers with an opportunity to help young people understand the economy and think critically about their long-term employment and training options. Read more at

Brazilian Portuguese Language & Culture Graduate Certificate

This 5-week online summer certificate course is open to all Martha’s Vineyard Public School educators and staff with bachelor’s degrees. Accredited by Bridgewater State University, this certificate class has been brought to the island via a partnership between ACE MV and Communication Ambassador Partnership (CAP MV).

Tuesday section 001: July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27 and August 3. Time: 4:45-6:15pm Location: Zoom (As of May 20, ONE space is open)

Wednesday section 002: July 7, July 14, July 21, July 28 and August 4. Time: 4:45-6:15pm Location: Zoom (SOLD OUT – wait list open)

Please fill out this form to secure your space, or to get on the wait list:

Video: “State of the Island” on older adult employment on MV

Posted: April 18, 2021

If you missed our panels on older adult employment, we’ve compiled video of both events here.

Who should watch:

  • Older adults (50+) who are seeking employment (either currently employed or want to be)
  • Organizations who serve older adults (who want to be informed as to these resources)
  • Island employers

April 7 Panel:
Resources to Support Older Adult Employment

Getting older adults back into the workforce or improving their employment situation post-COVID is on the radar screen of our national, state and local governments. Come hear about what resources are available to make this a reality.

• Overview of older adult employment on the island (HAMV from Older Adult Survey Results)
• Senior Community Service Employment Program
• Mass Association of Councils on Aging – 50+ Job Seekers program
• Vocational Services for the Disabled (Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission)

April 14 Panel:
An Island Employment Overview and Upskilling Options

Learn about the “sweet spot” – what our island employers want and need… and how to upskill yourself to find the right position.
• Employment outlook for the island and what employers want and need (Chamber of Commerce)
• An introduction to ACE MV and an overview of curriculum for job seekers (ACE MV)
• Volunteerism as a pathway to employment (Americorps Senior RSVP)
• MassHire Career Centers – Jobseeker Services

Have questions about this event or want more information? Feel free to reach out to us.