ACE MV builds on links to CCCC


ACE MV (Adult Community Education of Martha’s Vineyard) hosted an informational meeting for students and potential students interested in taking credit courses on-Island through Cape Cod Community College (CCCC) on November 13. Many of those present expressed an interest in exploring opportunities for continuing education in Early Childhood Education (ECE) and pre-Nursing.

Dean Susan Maddigan and student advisor Candace Schulenburg spoke to more than 30 attendees in the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School library. Ms. Schulenburg began with a short presentation about entrance exams, grants, and advice on navigating the CCCC website. The lively discussion that followed focused on how to get more information about options for Islanders to take advantage of credit course offerings.

A group of 12 ACE early childhood education students, including pre-school teachers interested in furthering their education, met in a group with Ms. Schulenburg.

Eighteen other students met with Dean Maddigan to ask questions about the CCCC nursing program. Grace Sullivan, coordinator of the Health and Nursing Program at ACE, and Sandie Corr-Dolby of the Vineyard Nursing Association joined the discussion.

One Island participant, Carla Furtaw, said, “I’ve been waiting for this meeting since 1985!”

ACE director Lynn Ditchfield said she hopes that future collaborations between ACE and CCCC will enable Islanders to take advantage of a wide variety of Island-based credit courses in math, science, sociology, general psychology, developmental psychology, Nursing across the Life Span and other general education core courses including English Composition 101 and 102. A minimum of 12 students is required for each class, she said.

ACE continues to meet a growing demand for non-credit college preparatory courses that include Essential Math and English for the Accuplacer college entrance exam and for CLEP (College Level Examinations Program), which measures how well students are already prepared for college and gives credit for prerequisite requirements. Information on these courses and other credit courses, classes for certification, CEUs and enrichment offered this winter will be on line at and in print by December 8 or email

Susan Strane is a member of the ACE/MVboard of directors.