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April Newsletter: program updates and more!

2024-06-18T13:57:57-04:00April 4th, 2024|News|

Spring is in the air! With warmer temperatures comes a shift in energy on the Island, and while we’re eagerly awaiting the buzz of high season (and beach days!) we’re already feeling a bit nostalgic for those expansive, reflective off-season vibes.

Luckily, you’ll have a few more opportunities to dig into some School for Offseason Survival (SOS) courses and workshops. See below for updates and upcoming events.

The big news around ACE is our newest program: CAMP! (Community Apprenticeship & Mentorship Program.) With a pilot season labunching this summer, we can’t wait to connect employer partners with high school students and young professionals for meaningful internship and apprenticeship experiences. Questions about CAMP? Looking for an intern or internship? Read on or email Sonja at sonja@acemv.org to learn more!

Happy Spring!

– The ACE MV Team (Alex, Jeni, Courtney, Garrett & Sonja)

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Upcoming Class Spotlights

TOMORROW! There’s still time to register!

with Barbara Bellissimo

Are you ready to let go of the fear of asking for what you need as an entrepreneur?

This upcoming pop-up with Barbara Bellissimo will help you uncover the inner confidence needed to take the next steps to get what you need to start or grow your business!

We asked Barbara about her background and experience and learned some fun things about her…

Barbara has a rich background in marketing, fundraising and entrepreneurship in both the private and nonprofit sectors. Her work in the private sector involved leading marketing teams at Apple and several internet service providers, including being a co-founder of Privada, a global internet privacy services company. In the nonprofit world Barbara has provided strategic consulting, program management and fundraising services, as well as served as the founding executive director for two community foundations.

“As an entrepreneur and small business owner, I know how hard it is to ask for help. It took me decades to get over my fears of asking, and I don’t want others to have to wait that long.”

When not creating a new cohort of superheroes, you can find Barbara making art, knitting, sitting on the beach or indulging in pretty much anything with bacon in it.



with Maria Angela Moreira

April 4-May 16 IN PERSON

Are you interested in learning Brazilian Portuguese?

Join our 6-week Conversation Basics for Beginners class to learn the essentials for everyday conversation, including greetings, getting to know someone, and sharing a bit about yourself. You will also learn bits and pieces about the Brazilian culture along the way! Instructor: Maria Angela Moreira, founder of Moreira Education Solutions.

This class is intended for beginners.



with Jim Curran

April 10, April 24, May 8 (Hybrid)


Are you looking to be proactive with your summer income and finally put a system in place that helps you prepare for the seasonality of life on the Vineyard? ACE-MV invites you to join us on April 10th, 24th and May 8th, for a three-part financial wellness workshop offering a step-by-step approach for budgeting, debt reduction, credit repair and long-term saving strategies.

Guided on your financial journey by Jim Curran, Financial Know-How Program Manager from Cape Cod 5, you will learn simple and effective (but not always easy) habits we can all put in place to take control of our financial wellbeing.

This class is a FREE offering in partnership with Cape Cod 5!



The ACE MV Wellness Workforce Spring 2024 is up and running. A dedicated group of students meets for monthly cohort meetings and weekly Zoom sessions, led by fabulous cohort facilitator Laura Edelman. Students are pursuing independent or group coursework and training, including a Medical Terminology course at Cape Cod Community College, CNA training at Upper Cape Tech, and a new Community Health Worker Training hosted in partnership with CCAPE. Many thanks to our partners at MV Hospital and Island Health Care for helping to support this group of future health-care professionals!

Interested in learning more about the ACE MV Wellness Workforce career explorations program? Contact Laura at laura@acemv.org.

CAREER EXPLORATIONS: Language & Interpretation

In partnership with CAP (Community Ambassador Partnership) and CCCI (Cross Cultural Communications Inc.) the ACE MV Language & Interpretation cohort brings trainings, community support and professional development to bilingual Brazilian Portuguese-English speakers on MV.

Learn more on our website or contact Izadora Santos at izadora@acemv.org.


For the second year, ACE MV is supporting students pursuing education and certification in Early Childhood Education, in partnership with Cape Cod Community College and with support from MV Community Services.

If you are interested in beginning a career in early childhood education, or have questions about the program, please contact Deborah Maher at deb@acemv.org

ACE MV is hoping to once again partner with Fitchburg State College to offer a hybrid-model Master’s in Education program. We are seeking feedback and interest from current and aspiring Island educators.

If you might be interested in joining a cohort of Island students in the Fitchburg MA in Curriculum and Teaching program, please email Courtney Daly at courtney@acemv.org.

CAREER EXPLORATIONS: Small Business & Entrepreneurship

The ACE MV cohort of students participating in the Bristol Community College small business certificate program are well into their first semester of coursework. Classes will continue through summer of 2025.

ACE MV will offer a second certificate program beginning in Fall of 2025. If you are interested in Computer Programming, Information Technology or Web Design and would like to provide feedback about upcoming certificate programs, please contact Garrett Burt at garrett@acemv.org.

CAMP: Community Apprenticeship & Mentorship Program

ACE MV’s pilot study of the new Community Apprenticeship & Mentorship Program is now underway! The mission of CAMP! is to cultivate enriching career development & mentorship opportunities for all Martha’s Vineyard community members, with a particular focus on young adults. The 2024 pilot program goals include the development of a summer internship program working with employer partners across the Island, as well as the creation of long-term apprenticeship opportunities for community members.

Keep your eye out for more internship/apprenticeship postings coming soon on the CAMP! website!

March Newsletter: program updates, upcoming workshops, pop-ups, and more!

2024-03-14T13:01:26-04:00March 5th, 2024|Blog, Classes & Programs, Events, In the News, News, Top News|

March 2024 Newsletter

Happy March! 

As we’re all rounding the corner from deep off-season to seeing the light of longer days ahead, we thought we’d pop into your inbox and share some of the exciting opportunities planned at SOS: the School for Off-Season Survival.

Is now the time to get your summer ducks in a row, with a new website or newsletter refresh? Maybe, with tax season underway, you’ve got nothing but bookkeeping on the brain?

Or maybe you’ve been hearing a call to Mind Your Creative Business?!

Whatever your late-winter inspiration may be, we’ve got you covered. Read on for course and workshop info, registration details and more. There’s just enough time to dig in to one last off-season project or pre-summer goal.

Here’s to the home-stretch!

The ACE MV team


February Newsletter: program updates, upcoming workshops, pop-ups, and more!

2024-03-14T12:56:16-04:00February 2nd, 2024|Blog, Classes & Programs, Events, In the News, News, Top News|

February 2024 Newsletter

On this (snowy!) Valentine’s Day we’re celebrating our heart-felt passion for community education, and for all of you who make this Island such a special place to live, work and love.

Read on for some lovely upcoming events, workshops and exciting program announcements!

But first — a favor. Might you consider forwarding this newsletter along to someone you think would enjoy learning about ACE and community education on MV? What better way to spread a little Island love than by helping us grow our community, and introducing your beloveds to all things ACE MV?!

Happy February, friends,

Alex, Jeni, Courtney, Sonja and Garrett


January Newsletter: program updates, upcoming workshops, pop-ups, and more!

2024-03-07T09:20:18-05:00January 7th, 2024|Blog, Classes & Programs, Events, In the News, News, Top News|

January Newsletter

Hello, 2024!

As we jump into a new year we are busy thinking about beginnings. We know that “resolutions” can feel intimidating; here at ACE we’re using this opportunity for an annual refresh to consider projects and intentions that feel engaging, exciting and full of potential. 

Read on for some of what we’re planning and sharing this winter and spring. No matter where you find yourself, we invite you to consider your “next best move”: is now the time to dive into that new business idea? Learn a new language? Brush up on your leadership skills? 

Or maybe you just want to keep the party going! Join us on Wednesday, January 10 for a New Year Open House at Haven for refreshments, merriment and information about upcoming courses and programs at ACE and Haven MV.

We can’t wait to see what you do this year! 

– The ACE MV Team