January 12, 2017

Kingston, JA. – The Alpha Institute and the Religious Sisters of Mercy who operate the Kingston, Jamaica-based school are very pleased to introduce you to our newly redesigned home online! Designed by Nestor Matilla ( and built by Joan Cerdas (, will help us to better stay engaged with you, our friends and family. On behalf of students and staff, Alpha is grateful to Mr Matilla and Mr Cerdas for taking the first steps and all of you who continue to walk the journey with us.

Since 1880, from its inception as Alpha Cottage, to Alpha Industrial School to Alpha Boys School and until now Alpha Institute, the mission has remained the same. Led by the Religious Sisters of Mercy, Alpha continues to support youth at risk through employment training and care for the whole person. The new website will help us to achieve that mission. 

“Ever since I heard about Alpha and it’s mission I always wanted to be part of it,” said Cerdas, a Costa Rican citizen currently residing in Paris, France. “As a musician, web developer and reggae fan I hope to keep being part of Alpha’s cause”.

We encourage you to explore the new website. For visitors in Jamaica and out, the new website is easy to use and full of news and information. We hope the new interactive design will encourage you to browse and stay a little while online. If you are looking for ways to connect offline, please visit the “Get Involved” page to find out how we can stay in touch.

Kingston and international residents can find great specialty woodwork items and classic screen printed Alpha grear in the shop. Wholesale and corporate orders are welcome and see how we can help you on the Sales & Services page.

Would you or someone you know who resides in Kingston be interested in training for a career offered at Alpha? Please contact us. We want to hear from you. Information about academic and vocational training is available on the “Courses & Classes” page.

The “Student Experience” page has great information about admissions and student life at Alpha. And if you are living in or outside Jamaica with an interest in trade training and community volunteerism, check the “Volunteering” page and lets talk!

Alpha is a non-profit vocational and education school. We rely on the input and contributions from many sources. Alpha staff and students are grateful to Nestor Matilla and Joan Cerdas for the generous donation of this new website. 

We look forward to staying connected so that we can continue to focus on making the future of youth in Jamaica a brighter one.