December Newsletter

Greetings, all!

As we say farewell to 2023 and slide into the holiday season we are reflecting on where we’ve been and where we’re headed in the new year!

Please have a look at the “End of Year Update.” We are grateful to the many donors, foundations and organizations that have allowed us to introduce new and meaningful programming in 2023.

2024 will see the launch of new cohorts, more SOS classes and workshops, and stronger partnerships with Island high schools and regional colleges and universities. Read on for highlights below.

We look forward to supporting your educational and professional goals in 2024!

But first…

Save the Date!

Your Guide to Free Community College

WHEN: Thursday, Dec 14 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Join Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges executive director Nate Mackinnon and representatives from Cape Cod and Bristol Community Colleges to learn about new funding opportunities for eligible adults, tuition equity for all Massachusetts residents, and the many exciting pathways and programs available at nearby community colleges.

This info session is for adult learners and parents/guardians of interested high school students. Dinner and live Brazilian-Portuguese interpreting will be provided. There will be a second event for high school students on 12/15 during school hours.

Learn more about MassReconnect here.



Interested in joining a committed group of students, small business owners and entrepreneurs in a 3-semester, part-time online program taught by instructors at Bristol Community College? There’s still time to apply!

The Small Business Cohort begins January 17, 2024 and is tuition-free. Cohort supports are offered in partnership with ACE MV.


Our first cohort of Allied Health students has completed an introductory course offered in partnership with MV Hospital, Island Health Care and CCAPE: 4C’s Center for Corporate and Professional Education.

These students have made valuable connections with employers and many are following up with college-level coursework this winter. If you are interested in joining the Allied Health Cohort, or are interested in learning more about our Behavioral Health cohort starting later in the spring, let us know!


Thanks to a generous grant from the Martha’s Vineyard Community Foundation ACE MV’s first Language Access Cohort will begin in January (Read the Vineyard Gazette article here). This cohort is designed to support bilingual English/Brazilian Portuguese Island residents towards certification and training in interpreting and translation.

If you are interested in attending a 20-hour translation and interpreting course offered later this winter, please let us know.

SOS: The School for Off-Season Survival!

Our home for evening classes, workshops & weekend seminars

Coming next month at SOS…

Managing Human Dynamics: Coaching Skills for Workplace Leaders
With Transformational Leadership Facilitator and Executive Coach Chelsea Simpson
Saturday, January 13
10 AM – 1 PM at Haven Shared Workspace

Quickbooks Online
With Susan Cook, founder and CEO of Account Ability Consulting
Saturday, January 20
11 AM – 2 PM at Haven Shared Workspace
Saturday, January 27
1 – 3 PM live on Zoom

Squarespace Website Design
With Kay Frank, Founder & Creative Director of Good Street Studio
Wednesdays, January 17-February 21
6 – 7:30 PM at Haven Shared Workspace

Conversational Spanish for Beginners
With native Spanish speaker Lorena Crespo
Tuesdays, January 23- March 19
6 – 7:30 PM at MVRHS

Brazilian Portuguese Basics
with Maria Angela Moreira, Founder of Moreira Education Solution
Thursdays, January 25 – March 7
6 – 8 PM at MVRHS

Intermediate Brazilian Portuguese
with Maria Angela Moreira, Founder of Moreira Education Solution
Tuesdays, January 23 – March 5
6 – 8 PM at MVRHS

That’s all for now!

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