SEPROD FOUNDATION DONATES COMPUTERS TO MUSIC PROGRAM
March 12, 2017
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Alpha is extremely grateful for the support of the Seprod Foundation and its donation of four HP Envy desktop pc computers to the Alpha Institute to help launch the school’s innovative music technology program. With the donation Alpha’s music program takes big step forward!

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There are 35 students in the music program ranging from beginner to intermediate. Founded in 1892, the music program at Alpha was expanded in 2016 to include Audio Engineering and Introduction to Radio Broadcasting. The computers form the basis of this new, music technology training program available to Alpha’s students. Seprod is proud to join with American Friends of Jamaica and international recording artist Sean Paul at Alpha to create 21st century music technology opportunities for 21st century training and employment.
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Audio engineering instructor Rev Don McDowell says he has noticed a change in the attitude of music technology students. “They are taking initiative and demonstrating responsibility and respect for the space and technical activities inside of it. I’ve seen their morale increase which I attribute to their love for the music technology and career they see themselves stepping into,” said McDowell.
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Sean Paul with Alpha students demonstrating their work.
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The Seprod Foundation donation will help further Alpha’s mission to develop a relevant vocational programming supported by a focus on english and math skills. The Alpha Institute (formerly Alpha Boys School) is a non profit vocational school for young men in need of social services and employment skills. Alpha offers skills training in five areas to 150 students 15-20 years old: music, screen printing, woodwork, barbering and landscaping.
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Vocational training is complemented by life skills courses, general education in math and English as well as access to counseling, medical services and social services. Since 1890 the school has been run by the Religious Sisters of Mercy, a Catholic order of nuns.