Register now for fall adult ed classes


Adult and Community Education of Martha’s Vineyard (ACE MV) is serving up an enticing menu of classes and seminars this fall, under the following categories: Arts and Communication, Business and Computers, Cooking, History, Healthcare and Fitness, Writing, Languages, Island Land and Sea. Also available are two free courses sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Red Cross, according to a press release.

Classes start on October 6, and preregistration is strongly advised because classes are limited in size.

The professional development courses include a three-credit Cape Cod Community College course in Early Childhood Education taught on the Island to begin in late fall and an update offering continuing education credit to psychologists, social workers, licensed mental health counselors and nurses. Several other Business and Computer courses are offered to improve or start a business such as Basic Accounting, Beginning Excel, Mac Computers and Photo Shop, QuickBooks (cosponsored by SCORE) and Managing Workplace Dynamics sponsored by SWW Mediation Collaborative.

ACE director Lynn Ditchfield said she is particularly happy to report on several new partnerships.

One is with The Yoga Barn in West Tisbury where Martha Abbot and Dr. Wendy Chabot will teach a course for educators and administrators to promote mindful thinking while at work and in the classroom.

The Service Corp Of Retired Executives or SCORE is another new partner will present a class entitled “Successful Small Business Planning.” The subjects covered will include starting a business, creating a business plan, start-up costs, advertising, and other financial matters.

The American Red Cross will co-sponsor a six-session class to help prepare people who are interested in becoming emergency volunteers. Successful completion of this course will allow the students to become registered as M.V. Disaster Action Team members, trained for assistance during small and large disasters.

A renewed effort with the M.V. Museum has resulted in a group of classes called “Cooking Through Cultures,” each of which may be taken separately. There will be a class on each of the following subjects, Brazilian and Portuguese cooking, Jewish cooking, Indian cooking, and Wampanoag cooking.

There will be a registration booth at the Living Locally Harvest Festival, Saturday September 29, from 10 am to 3 pm at the Ag Hall in West Tisbury. There will be a walk-in registration on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 2 and 3, from 4:30 to 6 pm in the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School lobby.

Registration can be done online at, call ACE MV at 774-310-1131 or email for more information.