Meet our new Executive Director, Alex Bullen Coutts

2023-11-03T16:59:48-04:00June 8th, 2023|In the News, News, Top News|


I am thrilled to have joined the team at the Martha’s Vineyard Center for Education and Training as Executive Director. It’s been a whirlwind first month on the job – I’ve loved getting to know the team, meeting with community partners, and dreaming up new ways to grow programs and continue to serve the island community with exciting opportunities for career development, higher education and personal growth.

A few weeks back I was honored to be interviewed by the Vineyard Gazette – if you missed the article, read it here  – where I shared a bit about my history, my passion for working with young adults, and my commitment to lifelong learning.

A few hot takes, if you’re into that kind of thing…

  • I’ve been working in nonprofits and education on the Island for about a decade, most recently at the MV Charter School as a community outreach coordinator. Before that, I worked at the Island Wide Youth Collaborative, developing programming for young adults. You may have seen a weekly newsletter and instagram account I managed, called Oyster MV.  It’s my dream to bring some of that same sense of community-building and social engagement to MVCET.
  • I strongly believe that our career paths don’t have to be linear. In my twenties, I was a yoga teacher, waitress, and wrote novels for young adults. In my early thirties, I was home with my kids. Sometimes the road to a job you love is long and winding; sometimes there are switchbacks and hairpin turns. You may decide to  jump tracks completely. At MVCET, it’s our goal to be here for you, wherever you are in your journey to meaningful employment.
  • I can’t wait to meet and hear from you! Our mission at MVCET is to serve learners and job-seekers of all ages, living year-round on Martha’s Vineyard. If that’s you, give a shout!  What would you like to see offered at MVCET? We have so many exciting new programs in the works – from nursing to small business support, computer programming to early childhood education. What are we missing? Drop a line, send us a DM, or stop by our new office to say hello.


Be sure to give us a follow on Instagram if you haven’t yet, and stay tuned for more newsletters and a fresh new look. We’ll be sharing lots of photos of programs, events and behind-the-scenes glimpses of summer so far.

Here’s to a happy, productive season – with lots of beach breaks, time in the garden, meals with friends and fun in the sun. 

Excited to be on this journey with you all,


Upcoming Info Session: Early Childhood Education, December 15th, 6pm-7pm

2022-12-06T10:38:04-05:00December 5th, 2022|Blog, Classes & Programs, Events|

Interested in beginning or advancing your career in Early Childhood Education?

Come learn more about the MV Community College Consortium’s NEW island-based program that will provide you with:

  • 3 college credits in Child Growth and Development (January 23-May 16, 2023)
  • CPR/First Aid Certification
  • Center-Based Teacher and Family Child Care Provider licensure support
  • Scholarships
  • Professional Development
  • Academic Support in a Cohort Model
Information Session
Thursday, December 15, 6-7PM
MV Community Services – Early Education and Care Center
111 Edgartown-VH Road
Click HERE to register for this event!
Email Kate Lefer for more information:

Upcoming Small Business Finance Class

2022-11-18T11:17:35-05:00November 18th, 2022|Classes & Programs, News|

Are you a current Vineyard business owner or manager who wants to build the proper infrastructure to track your income and expenses? 

In this class you will learn:

The basics of small business bookkeeeping; what’s important to know about running a business from a seasonal perspective; inventory management and financial decision-making; looking at financial (Profit and Loss) statements; and, things to consider when filing taxes.

You will also get a general introduction in business structures and the different kinds of taxation and bookkeeping necessary for your type of business. Please come with questions as there will be a Q&A session!





December 6th and 13th,

6 – 8PM on Zoom


Instructor: Joe Carreiro, J.D.

Price $80

Click to register

Seeking Instructors for Nurse Aid Training Program

2022-11-15T09:07:49-05:00November 15th, 2022|Classes & Programs, News|

Martha’s Vineyard Center for Education & Training is working in collaboration with Upper Cape Tech to launch a new Nurse Aide Training Program on Martha’s Vineyard.

We are seeking a licensed nurse to help oversee the last three weeks of this new program. The role will mainly consist of providing clinical supervision for in-person labs and clinical observations.

Upper Cape Tech hiring requirements:

-Must have an active RN or LPN license in Massachusetts

-Must have at least 1 year of work experience in long-term care

To learn more about this opportunity, contact Mary Burke: