November Newsletter

Hi there!

Fall! Crisp mornings, changing leaves… it’s officially the off-season here on MV, and we couldn’t be more excited. At ACE MV, fall means welcoming students new and returning, helping folks to explore new pathways and projects, and a full roster of exciting courses, programs and opportunities for our Island community of learners and job-seekers.

Read on to learn more about upcoming events, programs and workshops. It’s an exciting time to be adulting on MV!

Small Business & Entrepreneurship Program Info Sessions

Thursday, November 2
5-6:30 PM
Upstairs at The Barn Bowl & Bistro

Are you interested in learning about our first Small Business & Entrepreneurship Cohort learning program? Come learn about this part-time, 32-college credit opportunity, offered in partnership with Bristol Community College.

Ever thought of becoming a bookkeeper, an accountant, or starting or managing a small business? Wondering how to take your own business to the next level with new skills, tools and connections?

Join us at The Barn Bowl & Bistro to hear from representatives from Bristol Community College and ACE MV to learn more about how to apply for this exciting (and FREE!) new program. Email Garrett with any questions.

Can’t make it to this info session? There are two virtual info sessions coming up on November 8th and November 14th. Details coming soon!

Hoisting 2A/1C License Prep Course

Saturday, November 18, 9 AM – 3 PM
In person at the Vineyard Transit Authority

Our Hoisting 2-A/1-C License Prep & Renewal Course is a single 6 hour class designed to give the applicant all the information necessary to pass the Massachusetts Department of Public Safety Class 2-A/1-C hoisting exam.

This course covers:
• Application Process
• Basic Information
• Walk Around Inspection Procedures
• Servicing
• Start up and Shut down Procedures
• Utilities
• Trenching
• Transporting Machines
• Hand Signals
• Department of Public Safety
• Dig Safe

About the Instructor:
Dan Eaton is a retired Massachusetts State Trooper and former CDL examiner. He is the owner and founder of All Phase Training, the first approved training facility offering Massachusetts Department of Public Safety’s mandatory Continuing Education Programs for license renewals.

Please note: this price does not cover the cost of the exam.

Click here to register.

Allied Health and Wellness Cohort

Our very first Allied Health and Wellness Cohort is underway. We welcomed an engaged and thoughtful group of 12 students to the MV Hospital for a panel with local healthcare employers. Students are now participating in a 3-week online course taught by faculty at 4Cs, and will come back for a final in-person session and to hear from front-line workers on November 19th.

If you’re interested in learning more about upcoming opportunities in the world of Allied Health, or are interested in learning more about our Behavioral Health cohort starting in the spring, let us know!

Opening Conversations with MVALP

We were thrilled to be invited to speak to students at the Martha’s Vineyard Adult Learning Program last month. We are always looking for ways to offer more opportunities and connections for the ESL community. Starting this month we will be sending a version of this newsletter in Brazilian Portuguese. Please email us if you are interested in getting on this newsletter list.

We have also updated our website with interest forms offered in both English and Portuguese. If you haven’t already, please take a moment to fill them out here!

SOS: The School for Off-Season Survival

Our home for evening classes, workshops & weekend seminars

Coming next month at SOS…


Saturday, December 2, 10 AM – 12 PM
Haven Shared Workspace

Explore the creative process of crafting a visual identity for your business in this 2-hour workshop with Vesna. Uncover your visual identity, define your target audience, and get practical guidance on choosing a name, designing a logo, and marketing your business in a cohesive fashion.

Instructor: Vesna Marjanovic of Vesna Design Studio
Vesna is the creative director at Vesna Design Studio, specializing in Brand Identity, Website Design, and Print + Digital Marketing, Vesna has worked with a wide variety of clients with different goals over the years that she was able to accomplish through strategic planning and creative execution.

$69/Early Bird Special (Register by November 25)
$89/Full Price

LIMITED SEATS! Register here.


Saturday, December 9
9 AM – 12 PM
Haven Shared Workspace

Discover the impact of social media marketing on and beyond Martha’s Vineyard with Angela Sison of our local & loved Conrado & Kay Frank of Good Street Studio.

This workshop is intended to equip you with essential knowledge and skills, enabling you to unlock the full potential of social media for your business or brand. With a special emphasis on Instagram, you will be guided through the intricacies of crafting a strategic social media strategy, building a strong online presence, and developing a streamlined approach to content creation and audience engagement.

Angela and Kay will share tips and tricks for:

  • social media strategy
  • content creation
  • connecting with your target audience
  • content batching
  • optimized scheduling
    …and more!

About the instructors: Angela Sison is the Founder of Conrado, a clothing brand and multi-label boutique of clothing, crafts, home goods, gifts and apothecary. Her shop is located on Main Street Vineyard Haven. You may recognize her from the Chilmark Flea Market! Angela combines her fashion design expertise with her entrepreneurial skills in the day to day operations of her business. Kay Frank is the Founder & Creative Director of Good Street Studio, with over ten years of experience in marketing, design and photography. Kay believes that design is a visual language with the power to designate meaning.

$98/Early Bird Special (Register by December 2)
$109/Full Price

LIMITED SEATS! Register here.

Coming this Winter at SOS…

  • Squarespace Website Design
  • Conversational Spanish for Beginners
  • Intermediate Brazilian Portuguese
  • Mind Your Creative Business Pop-Up
  • Quickbooks for the Trades

Mass ReConnect: Free Community College

The State of Massachusetts has introduced a new program to fully fund eligible students interested in registering for 6 credits or more at any Massachusetts community college. Learn more here and stay tuned for dates for an upcoming Mass ReConnect Info Session.

The Insider Scoop

Expanding to New Spaces & Places!

This fall semester we ran our first class out of Haven. Our classes have traditionally taken place at our beloved Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, and still continue to for larger groups. We are experimenting with using alternative spaces for smaller groups and pop-up workshops to cultivate different learning experiences for our students.

We like to keep it fresh! Got some fun space ideas? Email Sonja!