Sponsored: ACE MV is charting new courses, and hosting its first annual fundraiser at the West Chop Club


ACE MV, (continuing education program for Martha’s Vineyard),  is hosting its 10th anniversary celebration with its first annual fundraiser, Charting Courses, on Saturday, June 23, at the West Chop Club. Keynote speaker Paul Osterman, NTU Professor of Human Resources and Management, MIT Sloan School of Management, will present “No Economy is an Island; Skills, Training, and Economic Growth.” Following the talk, there will be live music under the tent with the Phil daRosa Project. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Tickets are $50.

Since 2008, ACE MV has been providing learning and development opportunities that have enhanced the ability of Vineyard residents to meet their career and personal goals, making the Island a more economically viable and culturally rich place to live and work. ACE MV has worked diligently to broaden the definition of adult education by forming partnerships with Fitchburg State University (FSU), UMass Amherst Extension, and local and state agencies to bring credit-bearing programs to the Island for our working Islanders. ACE MV offers a master’s of education program for Island teachers, and professional development for allied health care professionals. ACE MV will be expanding these course offerings in the fall to include undergraduate credit in health sciences.

ACE MV is making a positive impact on the Island’s year-round economy by providing Islanders the programs they need to advance in their chosen fields.

Three lines on a chart illustrate the monthly unemployment rates across the nation, the state, and Dukes County. National and state unemployment rates have shown a steady decline, which has translated into some of our lowest unemployment levels in more than a decade (3.9 percent, April 2018, Bureau of Labor and Statistics). Dukes County has been charting a very different course. Due to our seasonal economy, places like Martha’s Vineyard are always in a state of flux.

“The chart doesn’t tell the whole story,” explains Sam Hart, executive director of ACE MV . “Certainly, the Island can be a challenging place to live, but this doesn’t mean that there aren’t viable career pathways for those who wish to live here. The seasonality of our economy invites unhealthy attitudes around what it’s like to live here year-round — in particular, for those who grow up here, leaving the island is their only chance at success.” ACE MV is charting a new course by providing working Islanders with the professional development they need to enhance their careers and allow them to thrive. “Our classes are helping to support and build a year-round economy so that working families can stay here. Without them, we lose the very fabric that makes this community so special,” Hart said.

ACE MV testimonials

“ACE MV provided an opportunity for me to successfully obtain state licensure as a hoisting engineer. The class was presented in a comprehensive manner, and even included organized transportation to and from the off-Island testing site. There was also an incredible benefit from networking with other students the class environment promoted. In today’s world, that can make all the difference between a successful venture and a failed one. I applaud the efforts of ACE MV for making relevant continuing education courses available to our community. ACE MV is bringing people together and providing the necessary resources to be successful.”

–Alex Schaffer, incoming Edgartown fire chief

“On Dec. 22, 2017, I received my master’s degree in education [M.Ed.] from Fitchburg State University through their partnership with ACE MV. Having this opportunity on the Island has been amazing. It has allowed me to balance my time between my family and jobs without leaving the Island. Thanks to ACE MV, I have met so many talented teachers who have been very supportive and collaborative in this process, which has made all the difference. This meaningful experience has allowed me to reflect on my passion for teaching, and helped me to grow in all areas of my life. I can’t thank the hard-working staff at ACE MV enough for this.”

– Lorena Crespo, Spanish teacher at the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School (lower school) and ACE MV


ACE MV partners with the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, MVRHS, Fitchburg State University, UMass Amherst Extension, the Massachusetts Department of Public Safety, and other local institutions to bring courses to the Island. For more information, visit acemv.org. Tickets for the West Chop Club event can be purchased on TicketsMV at bit.ly/ACE-wchop.